Robotics – learn by building, module V: Autonomous Robots
With this, we shall rule the world! Well, maybe. At this point, this module is only being considered for production and would be a bonus module to the robotics course. Would you be interested? Drop us a line with your feedback.
Make no mistake about it, this is high-end electronics and robotics. In this course, you’ll venture into a special kind of microcontroller (computer on a chip that you used in part II) which is the same kind of chip used on the Mars Rovers. It is effectively a microchip on which you program an entire electronic circuit/computer which you can then use on your robots. When the Mars Rover developed a problem after landing on Mars, NASA literally redesigned the electronic circuitry and repaired the rover from Earth! This is just one example of the power of these microcontrollers, which are surprisingly cheap and one will be included in the accompanying parts kit.
We’ll also go over all that’s needed for autonomy: electronic gyroscopes, accelerometers, GPS sensors, environmental sensors (such as altimeters), and interfacing video cameras to the microcontroller. We’ll get into the pros and cons of wired vs. wireless/autonomous systems and the complexities of even semi-autonomy. You can then add all of this together with what you learned from the previous courses and hopefully start your own skynet.