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Commissioning of the pioneer robot

Patelis, Dion (2012) Commissioning of the pioneer robot. Other thesis, Murdoch University.

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The Pioneer Robot 3-AT is a remote controlled vehicle with inbuilt sensors to feed back information to the internal electronics. The purpose of the Pioneer Robot 3-AT is to be an educational device to be used in classes where microcontroller technology is taught to engineering students. This paper presents the steps taken to make the Pioneer Robot 3-AT a robust and stable platform. Once this is done further projects created with separate microcontrollers can be added to the Pioneer Robot 3-AT. They will be connected via an internal microcontroller network.

Software has been refined to allow the Pioneer Robot 3-AT to move in various directions at different speeds. The distance from surrounding objects is provided by feedback from sonar sensors. A new I/O distribution board has been manufactured to replace the prototype board constructed in a previous thesis by Finbarr Doyle. A liquid crystal display and keypad have been added for extra programmable functionality to an angled panel mounted on the back of the Pioneer Robot 3-AT.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
Supervisor(s): Lee, Gareth and Cole, Graeme
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