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The Robots are Coming


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How the PC will Enable
the PC Bot Personal Robot

www.roboteq.com

The Grass Root Robot Phenomenon

Over 50,000 Robot Hackers in the USA


Inspiring Educational Programs & Contests
Ingenuity and Execution surpassing this of
commercial companies
Tapped by DARPA for Grand Challenge Contest
Reminiscent of Hacker subculture at the dawn of the
Personal Computer
Enabled by Converging Technologies: Processing,
Software, Sensors, Power Electronics

www.roboteq.com

Mobile Robotics Evolution

PC BOTs
Yesterday

Now

Mobility

Very Soon

A Bit Later

Wheels

Legs

Camera, Radar, Whisker, Sound

All

Sensors

None

Communication

Receive Only

Low level Data


Send/Receive

High-Level Data
Send/Receive

Speech

Intelligence

None

Basic

Environment
recongition &
navigation

Thought

Enabling
Technologies

R/C Radio

PC, WiFi, Webcam

AI Software

Artificial Muscle
1000x computing

Killer Application

Entertainment
Contests

Telepresence,
Security

Personal Assistant
Military

TBD

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Why PC?
Artificial Intelligence is MIPS and Memory hungry
PC Mainboards offer highest computing and expandability for
the money
Low Cost sensors (Cameras, microphones, GPS, ) very
available. Easy connectivity to custom sensors via USB, Serial,
Parallel, 1394, I2C, PCI
Free Internet Connectivity via Wired and Wireless LAN
Massive Software base and developers infrastructure

Why VIA?

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Trailblazer in the PC Bot field


Most Compact and Lowest Power Pentium-Class
Processors and Mainboards

The Roboteq-VIA PC Bot Platform

Mobile Robot Design based on VIA EPIA Mainboard and Roboteq


motor controller
Simple & Low Cost mechanical design using commercial components.
Drawings downloadable freely from www.roboteq.com
Foundation on which to add hardware & software to achieve higher
intelligence & functionality
Suggested Sensors
Stereo vision
GPS, Sonar, Whiskers
Audio In/Out

Suggested Software
Dynamic Environment Modeling
Autonomous Navigation

Physical Enhancements

www.roboteq.com/robovia.shtml
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Head, torso, arms

About Roboteq

Founded 2002. Private Corporation. Located Phoenix, AZ, USA


Leading Manufacturer of Motor Controller for Mobile Robots
Dual Channels, high Power: up to 2 x 140A
For use in battery operated robots
Computer interface for command and telemetry of operating data

Used in >150 Robot Designs since Q2/03


Software, Support and Deference Designs specific to Mobile Robot
Applications (Robovia PC Bot Platform)

2x140A
Hi Efficiency

2x120A

w/Optical
Encoder In
Low Power,
Low Cost.
w/Encoders

AX2550HE
AX2850HE
AX2850

AX2550
H1/03

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H1/03

H1/03

AX2400

H1/03

Product
Roadmap

Thank You
Slides available for download at:

www.roboteq.com/robots-r-here.zip

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