A Low Cost Controller Board for Teaching Robotics

Maire, Frederic, Singh, Rajendra, Sitte, Joaquin, & Tickle, Alan (2006) A Low Cost Controller Board for Teaching Robotics. In Murase, K, Sekiyama, K, Kubota, N, Naniwa, T, & Sitte, J (Eds.) Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Autonomous Minirobots for Research and Edutainment, Springer, Fukui, Japan , pp. 231-236.

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This paper presents the Smarty Board; a new micro-controller board designed specifically for the robotics teaching needs of Australian schools. The primary motivation for this work was the lack of commercially available and cheap controller boards that would have all their components including interfaces on a single board. Having a single board simplifies the construction of programmable robots that can be used as platforms for teaching and learning robotics. Reducing the cost of the board as much as possible was one of the main design objectives. The target user groups for this device are the secondary and tertiary students, and hobbyists. Previous studies have shown that equipment cost is one of the major obstacles for teaching robotics in Australia. The new controller board was demonstrated at high-school seminars. In these demonstrations the new controller board was used for controlling two robots that we built. These robots are available as kits. Given the strong demand from high-school teachers, new kits will be developed for the next robotic Olympiad to be held in Australia in 2006.

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ID Code: 24279
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN, Robotics, Automation
DOI: 10.1007/3-540-29344-2_34
ISBN: 3-540-28496-6
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 14:26
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:03

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