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dc.contributor.advisor Cheatham, John B., Jr.
dc.creatorRegalbuto, Michael Anthony
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:15:53Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:15:53Z
dc.date.issued 1990
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/16384
dc.description.abstract A framework for a practical, easy-to-use system which can allow severely handicapped people to control and interact with their home and work environments is presented. Software written for a personal computer allows the user to command a robot to move about a structured indoor environment as well as control household appliances. Underlying these functions is a user-generated computer model of the environment which maintains spatial and relational information about household items. The model represents a data base which is accessed by a variety of procedures in commanding the robot to perform specific tasks, such as localization and navigation. Developed incrementally, a model can take on as much detail as necessary to command the robot to perform a given task. Beyond its use as a domestic aid, the system can serve as an inexpensive testbed for research in intelligent mobile robotics and can ultimately be targeted for use by the general population. The system is composed of relatively inexpensive equipment designed for in-home use. Software is written in object-oriented Allegro Common LISP and runs on a Macintosh SE having 4Mb of RAM. A HERO 2000 robot was assembled from a kit and modified to extend its workspace to cover desks and tabletops. Control of lamps and household appliances is via an X-10 Powerhouse computer interface module, which is connected to the SE. An Esteem 9600 baud wireless modem augments the 600 baud radio frequency communications link provided with the robot, allowing untethered operation. A custom Machine Control Interface has been developed for interfacing severely physically handicapped users to the system.
dc.format.extent 114 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectMechanical engineering
Biomedical engineering
Electronics
Electrical engineering
dc.title A semi-autonomous mobile robot/teleoperator with applications as an aid for severely handicapped people
dc.identifier.digital RegalbutoM
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department Mechanical Engineering
thesis.degree.discipline Engineering
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
dc.identifier.citation Regalbuto, Michael Anthony. "A semi-autonomous mobile robot/teleoperator with applications as an aid for severely handicapped people." (1990) Diss., Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/16384.


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