Title

Control of mobile robotic platforms by handheld devices

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor's Name

Sabri Tosunoglu

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Diana M. Rincon

Third Advisor's Name

Ibrahim N. Tansel

Date of Defense

4-11-2003

Abstract

The intent of this work was to develop a mobile robotic platform that was controlled by a Palm Pilot PDA. Advances in consumer electronics are producing powerful yet small handheld devices. Some of these devices present quasi-PC capabilities for a fraction of the cost; furthermore, they are compact enough that they fit in all but the smallest of platforms. The platform prototype built for testing purposes has a differential-drive configuration to provide simple but agile movement control. The sensor package consisted of two infrared ranging sensors mounted on servomotors that provide a wide area of detection. Building such a platform involved selection of hardware, circuit integration and software development. The software suite selected to develop code for the Palm Pilot was CodeWarrior, a C compiler that can generate code in Palm-native PRC files.

Identifier

FI14051164

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