Beyond Webcams: An Introduction to Online Robots

Overview

Remote-controlled robots were first developed in the 1940s to handle radioactive materials. Trained experts now use them to explore deep in sea and space, to defuse bombs, and to clean up hazardous spills. Today robots can be controlled by anyone on the Internet. Such robots include cameras that not only allow us to look, but also go beyond Webcams: they enable us to control the telerobots' movements and actions.This book summarizes the state of the art in Internet telerobots. It includes robots that navigate ...

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Overview

Remote-controlled robots were first developed in the 1940s to handle radioactive materials. Trained experts now use them to explore deep in sea and space, to defuse bombs, and to clean up hazardous spills. Today robots can be controlled by anyone on the Internet. Such robots include cameras that not only allow us to look, but also go beyond Webcams: they enable us to control the telerobots' movements and actions.This book summarizes the state of the art in Internet telerobots. It includes robots that navigate undersea, drive on Mars, visit museums, float in blimps, handle protein crystals, paint pictures, and hold human hands. The book describes eighteen systems, showing how they were designed, how they function online, and the engineering challenges they meet.

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What People Are Saying

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"This is the first excellent book on internet-based controlled robotics,covering its uses in fields such as engineering, space exploration, education, and the arts. The readers will surely get a clear understanding of the features—manipulation, mobility, time delay control, and human interface—offered by online robotics."—Toshio Fukuda, Professor, Center for Cooperative Research in Advanced Science and Technology, Nagoya University, Japan

"Robotics is expanding from laboratories and assembly lines into homes,onto highways, and, as this collection convincingly shows, onto the Internet. The editors present a compelling collection of work providing a range of demonstrated examples of Internet robots, a survey of the key scientific issues involved, and a look at the future of this promising field."—Maja J. Mataric, Director, Robotics Research Labs, Computer Science Department and Neuroscience Program, University of Southern California Please note: An acute accent appears over the "c" in "Mataric."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262072250
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Pages: 353
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Goldberg is Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering and founder of the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium at the University of California, Berkeley.

His Net art installations include "Dislocation of Intimacy," "Memento Mori," and "The Telegarden."

Roland Siegwart is Professor of Autonomous Systems and Director of the Center for Product Design at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH Zürich.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Remote Manipulation
1 Fundamentals of Online Robots 3
2 The Mercury Project: A Feasibility Study for Online Robots 17
3 A Distributed Framework for Online Robots 37
4 Online Robots 61
Pt. II Remote Mobility
5 Xavier: An Autonomous Mobile Robot on the Web 81
6 KhepOnTheWeb: One Year of Access to a Mobile Robot on the Internet 99
7 RobOnWeb: A Setup with Mobile Mini-Robots on the Web 117
8 The Performance of Mobile Robots Controlled through the Web 137
9 Personal Tele-Embodiment 155
Pt. III Remote Control and Time Delay
10 Handling Latency in Internet-Based Teleoperation 171
11 Toward Bilateral Internet Teleoperation 193
12 VISIT: A Teleoperation System via the Computer Network 215
13 Internet-based Ground Operations for Mars Lander and Rover Missions 227
14 Robust Visualization for Online Control of Mobile Robots 241
Pt. IV Other Novel Applications
15 Computer Networked Robotics 261
16 One Year of Puma Painting 277
17 Online Robots and the Remote Museum Experience 295
18 Telerobotic Remote Handling of Protein Crystals via an Internet Link 307
Index 323
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