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Written by Olivier Michel   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 06:59

René Hölbling and Kevin Moser from Lakeside Park (Klagenfurt) developed a nice maze solving algorithm for the e-puck robot. It uses a combination of different sensors (infra-red light sensor and proximity sensor) to achieve maze solving. The robot follows the right wall, until it finds its goal (a dark sector in the maze), then the LEDs are blinking and it plays a sound when it has finished.

The same setup was also simulated with Webots - as you see in this video, and it worked like the real e-puck.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2012 07:17
 
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Written by Francesco Mondada   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 06:13

Students at EPFL shared the video of their demos for the embedde dprogramming course. Do the same and share your results!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 08:29
 
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Written by Olivier Michel   
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 09:58

Webots simulation, remote-control and cross-compilation for the e-puck robot.

Webots is an efficient 3D physics-based robot simulator that provides you with a rapid prototyping environment for modelling, programming and simulating mobile robots. The included robot libraries allow you to transfer your control programs to many commercially available real mobile robots, including the e-puck robot. The latest version of Webots comes with:

  • several simulations samples for the e-puck robot, with both kinematics (based on ENKI) and dynamics models (based on the ODE library).
  • many simulated e-puck devices: 3D accelerometer, differential wheels, proximity sensors, light sensors, wireless communication, LEDs and camera.
  • a remote-control tool allowing you to monitor and remote control a real e-puck robot from your controller program over Bluetooth.
  • a complete cross-compilation system allowing you to cross-compile your robot controllers and upload them onto real e-puck robots over Bluetooth.

Webots and the included e-puck cross-compilation tools, run on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The free version of Webots allows you to cross-compile e-puck programs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 10:10
 
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Written by Francesco Mondada   
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 08:26

Jonathan Mullins completed a Bachelor of Software Engineering at Monash University, and used Aseba for the simulation component of his research in Swarm Robotics. He ported the Swis2D audio plugin for Webots into Aseba Playground to facilitate audio simulation.

More information at:
http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~berndm/autonomous_epuck/collective.html

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 09:05
 
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Written by Olivier Michel   
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 09:50

Rat's Life: e-puck robot programming competition

A new edition of the Rat'sLife competition started recently and will be running permanently. This programming contest is based on the e-puck robot and the free version of the Webots simulation software. It features two simulated e-puck robots roaming a LEGO maze and competing for survival. The robots can navigate the maze using SLAM techniques and recharge their batteries from four chargers. The longer lasting robot is declared to be the winner.


So far, a robot called Ratatouille is the best competitor with a very efficient vision-based SLAM algorithm and navigation system. Any student or researcher can engage the competition at any time and try to challenge the best competitors. Teacher willing to use this competition for robotics curricula are also very welcome.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 09:57
 
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