Tetrobot : A Modular Approach to Reconfigurable Parallel Robotics

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Robotic systems are characterized by the intersection of computer intelligence with the physical world. This blend of physical reasoning and computational intelligence is well illustrated by the Tetrobot study described in this book.
Tetrobot: A Modular Approach to Reconfigurable Parallel Robotics describes a new approach to the design of robotic systems. The Tetrobot approach utilizes modular components which may be reconfigured into many different mechanisms which are suited to different applications. The Tetrobot system includes two unique contributions: a new mechanism (a multilink spherical joint design), and a new control architecture based on propagation of kinematic solutions through the structure. The resulting Tetrobot system consists of fundamental components which may be mechanically reassembled into any modular configuration, and the control architecture will provide position control of the resulting structure.
A prototype Tetrobot system has been built and evaluated experimentally. Tetrobot arms, platforms, and walking machines have been built and controlled in a variety of motion and loading conditions.
The Tetrobot system has applications in a variety of domains where reconfiguration, flexibility, load capacity, and failure recovery are important aspects of the task.
A number of key research directions have been opened by the Tetrobot research activities. Continuing topics of interest include: development of a more distributed implementation of the computer control architecture, analysis of the dynamics of the Tetrobot system motion for improved control of high-speed motions, integration of sensor systems to control the motion and shape of the high-dimensionality systems, and exploration of self-reconfiguration of the system.
Tetrobot: A Modular Approach to Reconfigurable Parallel Robotics will be of interest to research workers, specialists and professionals in the areas of robotics, mechanical systems and computer engineering.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 182 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 12.7mm | 1,011.51g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1998 ed.
  • XIII, 182 p.
  • 0792380258
  • 9780792380252

Table of contents

Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Previous Work. 3. Tetrobot Overview. 4. Tetrobot Mechanism. 5. Kinematics. 6. Kinematic Control. 7. Experimental Results and Analysis. 8. Future Work. References. Appendices. Index.
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Review quote

`The book is well written and well-organized, with numerous figures and illustrations which graphically explain the concepts. The book should be of interest and use to a wide variety of researchers, designers, and practitioners.'
Zentralblatt MATH, 912 (1999)
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