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Author: Eric

FreeMat is now my friend

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When ever I looked at robot control systems I came across SLAM and associated with that were MatLab and Octave and if you are reading this I expect you have found the same.  SLAM stands for “Simultaneous Location And Mapping” (I think) and Matlab and Octave are maths programs.  The problem I had with the explanations were that the ideology was to send the live data from the robot to the maths program, evaluate the data in the maths program, then send any changes to the robot based on the output of the maths program.  That’s cool but I don’t want to have a second computer involved so I largely ignored  this method until I had to get into some serious graphing of data.

I’m not using real time data but I do want to analyse the data from a run (Like reading an aircraft black box after the disaster) and LibraOffice Calc was getting far too slow when It came to graphing the data

Why chose C

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As choices go C++ seemed to me the best option as I already know how to compile a program.

It does not matter what you use to program your robot as long as you are comfortable with the language.

Slightly Miffed Eric – Fuzzy Road.

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On my fathers bookcase was a copy of “Build Your Own Working Robot” by David L. Heiserman (ISBN 0-7042-0171-2). The author takes you through building a robot based on a child’s ride on electric car giving all the circuit diagrams and build instructions. The final, autonomous robot can run around avoiding obstacles and even recharge its own batteries by returning to a recharging station when it needs to. Published in 1976, pre-dating the first home computer, it is all down to logic circuits and some very clever thinking. As a child, this book started me on the road to robotics. I never did get an electric car to work with but I did have access to lots of Meccano. When I left home and ventured into the big wide world my father gave me the book and started replacing the damaged skirting boards. Read More