06 Nisan 2005

net_art! robotica

The installation space has an ultrasounds rig to control the positional data of the devices. This ultrasound system is designed and built by Cliff Randell which is in place and tested, it is configured to the room the Watershed Open wireless network. The general idea involves using a Hewlett Packard PDA running the Mobile Bristol client. If you then move around the room the position is tracked via the ultrasound system which is attached to the ceiling. This sends data to the 'elvin' servers, and using an 'elvin' extra, this information can be used to create a visual response, using Director. My intention is to extend the system using all sorts of sensing equipment.
Things to do for version two.
1. Acquire more Robots.
2. Get robots to control more 3d movement with more generative code.
3. Make another better map that allows path following and navigation around corner, ie get it painted onto a roll of canvas.
4. Get four pda's and ultrasound to install inside robot.
5. Look into the multiple issues with the frequency being 2.4.
6. Need three more wireless cameras.
7. Selection of small four to eight inch monitors. 10 - 20 for robot wireless camera views.
Future developments include.
A. The robot will to respond to voice recognition to the navigate maps. These spoken directions come from user uploads typed in to the map database.
B. The robot at certain times will be also controllable via the web to navigate the space. So instead of operating in path following mode they can work in remote control mode.
C. Multi robot event using up to one hundred robots in a huge space. Some controlled via the web, some on path following mode, some taking directions of pdas.
D. Take robots outside controlled via remote control via Bluetooth in mobile phones.


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