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Autonomous Robot Programming Tutorial



After spending a few years trying to program my robot to automatically navigate, I started searching the internet for tutorials and information. I was referred to papers written by PhD's and Masters, college students who have years of experience in complicated math. I don't have the understanding of much above algebra and geometry. I spent months looking through these papers, and began to understand the logic in them. I started to implement what I learned in software on my robot. Day by day, my robot showed more and more "intelligence", and started to behave like a small pet. I could get it to begin searching through my house to gain memory of the floorplan and make a map. I started adding abilities to the software, and could command the robot to go to a specific spot in a room, and return to where I gave the command. I wrote a tutorial for myself. The information that I was able to extract from the papers on the internet was put into easily understood charts, graphs, and drawings. The more of the tutorial I wrote, the more I understood how to make my robot navigate and map by itself. My robot will now automatically map any house (including multiple floors if there is a lift or elevator), return to it's charging station, accept a command to go to a specific location and return to the spot where the command was given, and several other intelligent appearing tasks. This book tells you how to represent space in software, and how to manipulate, search, and navigate within it. During the writing of the tutorial, I programmed a simulator to test the software in. The simulator allowed me to test navigation software on my PC before I loaded it into the Robot for testing. This speeded development and increased my understanding of many parts of the navigation program. There is an optional CD with animations, drawings, videos, audio files, and animations of the programs described in the tutorial. You can watch the software (logic, and "psuedocode" in the text) run step by step. The information applies specifically to a mobile computer with sonar and bumper sensors. It is assumed that you have all of your hardware drivers coded already. You must have programming experience and a basic understanding of math and logic to put the logic into actual code. Very little effort is required to transfer the psuedocode into BASIC or C language. This tutorial is approximately 100 pages, printed on 8.5" X 11" paper, and comes in a spiral notebook. email aiiadict@gmail.com for more information $40 isn't the official price, I've printed a hard copy and will proof read 1 more time before I ship. The decision has been made to remove the BASIC and C code, as it turned out easier for beta-readers to code the software with psuedo-code only. It has also been decided to split the "Localization" chapter into a seperate book. Shipped from Sacramento, California, "United" States. Email Me