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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Robotic Programming with the MIT Handy Board

The MIT Handy Board is a versatile microcontroller that is capable of driving motors and processing both digital and analog inputs. Combining the controller with a robotic base allows for the programming of basic robot movements. The robot thus constructed is capable of moving around in a restricted environment. By adding sensors, it will be able to perceive and avoid obstacles that are in its way. Programming the robot to sense and respond to various environmental stimuli is done using a C-like programming language called Interactive-C. In this presentation, the limitations of this configuration in real life applications are discussed, as are some of the methods used to overcome these limitations. We describe our experiences in learning the hardware, software and basic sensing technologies. In addition, we demonstrate some of its capabilities and discuss possible future sensing technologies.

Presenter: Casey Janke (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Computer Science
Location: 107 Holmes
Time: 1:45 pm (Session III)