Open-Source Robotics and Process Control Cookbook

Open-Source Robotics and Process Control Cookbook: Designing and Building Robust, Dependable Real-time Systems 

Open-Source Robotics and Process Control Cookbook – In this practical reference, popular author Lewin Edwards shows how to develop robust, dependable real-time systems for robotics and other control applications, using open-source tools. It demonstrates efficient and low-cost embedded hardware and software design techniques, based on Linux as the development platform and operating system and the Atmel AVR as the primary microcontroller.

The book provides comprehensive examples of sensor, actuator and control applications and circuits, along with source code for a number of projects. It walks the reader through the process of setting up the Linux-based controller, from creating a custom kernel to customizing the BIOS, to implementing graphical control interfaces. 

Including detailed design information on:
· ESBUS PC-host interface
· Host-module communications protocol
· A speed-controlled DC motor with tach feedback and thermal cut-off
· A stepper motor controller
· A two-axis attitude sensor using a MEMS accelerometer
· Infrared remote control in Linux using LIRC
· Machine vision using Video4Linux

  • The first-ever book on using open source technology for robotics design!
  • Covers hot topics such as GPS navigation, 3-D sensing, and machine vision, all using a Linux platform!

Book Review by W Boudville

Edwards claims that his book is the first on using open source software to build robotic systems. The aim is to reduce the cost, as compared with using a commercial real time operating system. Hitherto, the latter has been the choice of many robotics designs.

He puts a lot of detail into the text, of how to use linux as the embedded operating system in the robot. To address the issue of whether linux is up to the demands of real time running. The ideal reader should be proficient both in linux device drivers and in constructing robots. The text is probably not ideal for someone new to either field.

To motivate the reader, Edwards provides several examples of functionalities to be built into the robots. Like being able to use GPS, which sounds quite neat.

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Book Description

Applies affordable and popular open-source tools to the burgeoning and exciting world of robotics for the first time ever in one book!

About the Author

Lewin Edwards is an embedded engineer with over 15 years experience designing embedded systems hardware, firmware, and control software.