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The biologically inspired robotic quadruped

Cocker, Ashley (2013) The biologically inspired robotic quadruped. Other thesis, Murdoch University.

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This project involved the gathering of information on the Robotic Dog (hereafter referred to as “the dog” or “the robot”) and then updating it so that it can be understood by future researchers. This was done by updating the old functionality and restoring some of the original functions of the robot. The aim of this project was to fix the robot so that is was in a state that would allow for new development of its systems.

The development of wireless communication was done to improve the viability of programming the robot whilst it is moving. This will help students and staff in being able to better adapt control structures while the robot is moving. This was done so that if, in the future, the robot is removed from the harness the robot will still be able to be communicated with.

The remodelling of the solenoid setup will prevent interruption in the control system being caused by malfunctioning cards. This will help in debugging because wiring diagrams for both the card and its interface are now available on the Engineering Network. This also applies to the wiring diagrams done for the Analogue to Digital converter and the I²C interface.

This system should now be in a state that it can be used for teaching biologically inspired control systems to students. The system can be modified to incorporate new sensors so that, in the future, different types of control can be implemented on the device.

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