Wireless communications and control module of a web-enabled robot for distributed sensing applications

G. Sen Gupta*, S. C. Mukhopadhyay, J. R. French

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In this paper we present the design of a low-cost Wireless Communications and Control system for a web-enabled mobile robot for distributed sensing applications. The system consists of several interdependent processing modules to provide the various required functionalities. The device makes use of the already widespread WiFi technology as its wireless communications medium. This allows use of existing wireless networking infrastructure to communicate with the device. The Wireless Communications and Control Module (WCCM) currently consists of the following components: a control module utilizing a SiLabs microcontroller, a wireless module implemented using a Lantronix Matchport B/G, and an I/O Power Supply module. An internet user can remotely log in to a web page stored in the WCCM itself and control the device remotely as well as accessing its sensory inputs. The design has been implemented using low cost and small form factor embedded devices to allow flexibility in its application. The test-bed for this device is a small mobile "Soccer Robot" chassis that provides a convenient way to test the various aspects of the device. The WCCM has been designed with project portability in mind, and consequently will require minimal modificationfor other applications. The system has proven powerful and easy to use in preliminary tests.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference Proceedings, I2MTC
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages393-398
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1424415411, 9781424415410
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event2008 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference, I2MTC - Victoria, BC, Canada
Duration: 12 May 200815 May 2008

Other

Other2008 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference, I2MTC
CountryCanada
CityVictoria, BC
Period12/05/0815/05/08

Keywords

  • Distributed sensing
  • Embedded system
  • Web-enabled robot
  • Wireless communications
  • Wireless control

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