Stiquito: Design and Implementation of Nitinol-Propelled Walking Robots

Stiquito: Design and Implementation of Nitinol-Propelled Walking Robots

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By (author) James M. Conrad, By (author) Jonathan W. Mills

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  • Publisher: IEEE Computer Society Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 254mm x 23mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 15 December 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Los Alamitos, CA
  • ISBN 10: 0818674083
  • ISBN 13: 9780818674082

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This revolutionary new book describes how to build an inexpensive, small-legged robot, and includes the robot kit. The book provides information on the design and control of legged robots and a curriculum for education that presents experiments and projects that illustrates what they teach. The experiments lead the reader on a tour of the current state of research in robotics. Stiquito has also been used to teach in primary, secondary, and high school curricula. The robot is intended for use as a research and educational platform to study computational sensors, subsumption architectures, neural gait control, behavior of social insects, and machine vision. The robot may be powered and controlled through a tether or autonomously with and on-board power supply and electronics. The book begins with an introduction that describes the birth of Stiquito. The chapters that follow describe the building process, its modifications, and its increased load capacity. Other chapters examine designs for simple controllers to enhance the functionality of the robot and to give the robot intelligence and SCORPIO hardware designs for performing independent, intelligent operations. The text also illustrates Stiquito's uses in education by presenting lab exercises, describing the use of nitinol in classroom experiments, and providing a robotics curriculum for undergraduates. It examines further research on the role of logic in a mobile robot's sensors, control, and locomotion; Stiquito's platform for AI; and simulation of a robot guided by vision. The book concludes with a discussion of the future for nitinol-propelled walking robots.

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The Stiquito robot ia a small, inexpensive, six-legged robot that is intended for use as a research and educational tool. This book describes how to assemble and build Stiquito, provides information on the design and control of legged robots, illustrates its research uses, and includes the robot kit. The experiments in the text lead you on a tour of the current state of robotics research. The hobbyist with some digital electronics background will also find this book challenging.Stiquito: Advanced Experiments with a simple and Inexpensive Robot begins with an introduction that describes the birth of Stiquito. The chapters that follow describe the building process, its modifications, and its increased load capacity. Other chapters examine designs for simple controllers to enhance the functionality of the robot while giving the robot intelligence and hardware designs for performing independent, intelligent operations. In addition, the book examinies further research on the role of logic in a mobile robot's sensors, control, and locomotion; Stiquito's platform for AI; and simulation of a robot guided by vision. Stiquito concludes with a discussion of the future for nitinol-propelled walking robots.The Stiquito On-Line Supplement is on the web!This site, http: //computer.org/books, has additional information not found in the book.Contents: Stiquito Introduction and historyWalking RobotsControl of Walking RobotsUsing Stiquito for ResearchThe Future of Stiquito