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Welcome to the homepage of the Open Automaton Project. The purpose of this project is to engineer modular software and electronic components, from which it is possible to assemble an intelligent PC-based mobile robot suitable for home or office environments.
Moore's Law has allowed modern mass-produced PC hardware to catch up with the demanding requirements of advanced vision processing and artificial intelligence. Based on current state-of-the-art PC mainboard technology, it is viable to build an intelligent mobile robot with stereo vision, for the price of a good PC.
This project aims to fill the gap between the powerful mobile robot platforms typically used by researchers, and the small rug-roving robots with limited processing power that are popular with hobbyists.
The first decade of the 21st century could well see the rise of the affordable and useful domestic mobile robot. This project aims to provide some of the building blocks that could make this possible.
When this project was first conceived, its scope was to include devising a standard framework of hardware and software interfaces that define the contracts between interconnected hardware and software components. However, there is now well implemented modular open source code for mobile robots that arguably constitutes "de-facto" standards (see the Player/Stage project, for example). So rather than re-invent the wheel, the Open Automaton Project now focuses on implementation rather than defining standards.
The specific project goals are:
If you would like to stay abreast of news and developments, please join the discussion mailing list. Your email address will be kept confidential.
An archive of the messages that have already been posted to the mailing list is available on this page.
Community Wiki Pages
The OAP Community Web Site is a place where people interested in the project can contribute material and share ideas. Here you will find profiles of some of the robot builders and their droids, as well as useful resources such circuit board layouts and bills of materials.
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This page was last modified on November 27, 2009