18 years ago
I'm a newb to this group, been lurking for a few days. I've always been
interested in building some sort of autonomous, task-solving machine,
perhaps a robot :) I'm currently taking a class on using
microcontrollers which has been pretty informative, so I think I will
have the skills to start building this summer.
Anyway, I'm already brainstorming about what this machine would do and
how it would work. My tentative idea is a 2 motor, 3 wheel machine
(where one wheel is just a caster, so that the machine can turn in
place). This machine would be able to roam around an environment, make a
mental map of it, find waypoints, and intelligently plan paths through
environments it has already mapped. At a later stage in the design it
might have onboard Wi-Fi in order to be able to store maps on a server
when it doesn't need them.
The tricky business here will be building that map. I've been googling a
bunch and trying to get some information on the current state of the
art, but it seems a lot of research in this area is being done by PHd's
at universities or by R&D labs at corporations, which puts their
accomplishments just out of my grasp.
So my question is, are there people in this group who are working on
robot mapping? I would like to find people to share information with.
I've been thinking about how the mapping system would work, but I think
maybe it would help to model it in software first. Has anybody here done
that kind of stuff?