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Abstract -- A Remote Robotics Laboratory on the Internet
A2: Low Bandwidth and Wireless Applications
A Remote Robotics Laboratory on the Internet
- Cao, Y. U.
- Chen, T.-W.
- Harris, M.
- Kahng, A. B.
- Lewis, M. A.
- Stechert, A. D.
This paper describes ongoing work toward a remote robotics research
site which allows repeatable remote experimentation on multiple mobile
robots. Our system consists of ten small mobile robots hosting on-board
Unix workstations. The robots provide facilities for sensing and
moving obstacles, inter-robot positioning and communications, and
user input. The Unix workstations allow the user to control the robots
using common languages in a familiar environment, while also providing an
interface to mass-market peripherals (secondary storage and vision),
network access (telnet, FTP, mail, and HTTP), and robust multi-tasking.
We believe that this work provides a foundation for future efforts toward
new paradigms for remote research and user interaction with taskable
hardware (e.g., colonies of application-specific robots). We envision
applications in such domains as agriculture, environmental monitoring, and