Small autonomous football robot

The project is to build an '''autonomous robot''', which plays football with golf balls on 2m x 3m arena by rules of Robotex . Robotex is an annual open Estonian competition of robotics mainly between three largest informatics related universities: University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology and Estonian IT College. The goal of the competition is to raise popularity of exact sciences and computer science. Our team is one of participating teams from University of Tartu. This year we are trying to build a smaller and faster robot than any of robots seen on this competition this far. We will design a robot which fits to cylinder of 18cm diameter with height of 15 cm, so it would also comply to size limits of Robocup SSL .

Features of our new robot include:
omnidirectional movement using brushless motors and self-designed omniwheels
positioning using magnetic hall sensors on wheels and data from image processing
localisation and mapping of target balls, goals and the opponent using self designed hyperbolic mirror based omnidirectional camera system

Social Media Player

This is about a portable media player with the best balance between price and specs:
-Android 2.3.3 or better
-The device should be social-oriented ( custom and intuitive UI with facebook, twitter, myspace, etc) (something like the INQ smartphones but not facebook exclusive)
-Sound quality must be highest possible (licensing DTS-codecs?)
- Must have a "good" screen (640x360 OLED?)
- Minimalist-industrial design
- Gaming would be an strengh taking in account the 4430 SOC
- Other possibilities: PS certified, android market available or amazon android market, look for partners (amazon, spotify?)

The device will be oriented to the Latin-American Market and with some carrier partner (Claro and Movistar work on the whole region) with 3G-special plans (social-music streaming-instant messaging exclusive plans -VOIP, streaming videos and "complete" internet would be an extra or wifi only capabilities)

The ipod its the only media player sold in the region with quite a good a acceptance and here its sold at least with 30% over the US price.

Getting an aggressive price with a carrier partner would be a deal breaker on the region.
*Maybe prices like 150,165,180 and 270 USD or eq for 8,16,32 and 64GB but thats full speculation

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Alex mobile robotics platform

The Alex platform is a small robot composed of the following parts:

iRobot Create base
2 arms made of Bioloid parts
2 eyes on pan tilt mounts made of Nexus One phones and Bioloid parts
A PandaBoard for central control

Alex is part of a larger project to advance artificial intelligence through embodied ai. Check out the project website for details.

Why Alex is awesome:

Willow Garage had the right idea with the PR2, but the wrong pricepoint. Alex will be the PR2 for the rest of us. We're targeting a pricepoint just north of 1k, as opposed to 400k + for the PR2.

There are thousands of robotics research labs reinventing robots that can move, see, hear, pick up things, make noise, and generally interact with their environment in useful ways. With Alex we plan to stop that cycle of reinvention, and start a cycle of innovation in software.

Why Alex will get done:

Over the last three months, I quit my job, completed an robotics internship at Anybots, and landed a new job in Artificial Intelligence powerhouse. I'm committed to spending significant personal resources on seeing Alex get to production quality and beyond. I've already committed thousands of dollars to support similar projects like the bilibot (bilibot.com). Eventually the Alex project will be a large consumer of PandaBoards, unfortunately you just can't buy one right now!

Alex and Panda:

The mobile robotics space is constrained by space, power, weight, and cpu. We can make use of the significant power available in mobile phones (see the cellbots project) but to provide a powerful central processing system that has room to grow you need a board with the feature set and efficiency of the PandaBoard. If we want to achieve untethered operation there's no better solution than Panda.

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Pandacomb Project page with the website

(This is the Pandacomb project submission with the official Pandacomb website link.)
Android, as we all know, is everywhere nowadays! Its on our smartphones, media players, netbooks, and tablets. But the problem is that these devices are overly priced and therefore not many people can enjoy the features of the amazing Operating System that is Android. The creators of the Pandaboard have had one goal since its beginning, to bring a fast platform with an affordable price point to the general public. This is where this project comes in. My team and I will try to bring Android 3.0 Honeycomb to the Pandaboard with a working multi-touch screen, drivers, and sensors. In turn our goal is to make a tablet with Android Honeycomb for as cheap as possible but to also use all the great hardware of the Pandaboard to it's full potential.

Pandacomb Tablet

This project is to port honeycomb onto the panda, use hardware acceleration, have a capacitive touch screen, and make the whole project run on recharcgable batterie. What do you get? A powerful dual core tablet. Doesn't it just sound nice.
Email: zaidhorse@gmail.com

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PandaBoard Interface with and Control of Sensing Devices

We are going to attempt to connect and control various sensors and components to the PandaBoard. The component sensors will be a two-directional gyroscope (ADG-500) along with its on-board temperature sensor, BlinkM - I2C Controlled RGB LED(s), an accelerometer device (ADXL-300). We will be using an ADS1100 A/D converter for for our sensor signal conversion.

All these devices will be inserted into a custom made device fabricated using an additive manufacturing process called stereolithography which will contain our circuit. This project is designed to familiarize us with the process of controlling alternate devices using the PandaBoard. Any feedback or suggestions are welcome.

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Smart Ultrasonography Assistant

We are looking forward to having the split processing computational power of OMAP4 for developing an add-on module which plugs on to a conventional ultrasonography equipment, analyzing video streaming over the video-out ports/network and providing Radiologists/Sonologists with diagnostic assistance based on computer vision and decision support, displayed over an adjunct interactive video display unit (touch screen LCD panel). The final product will have Image Processing apps working on DSP, base OS functioning on ARM and graphics rendering carried out on SGX.

Ultrasonography is an important noninvasive clinical imaging modality preferred for screening and diagnosis of internal organ abnormalities. At the Medical Imaging and PACS Lab, School of Medical Science and Technology, IIT Kharagpur, we are working on an ambition project towards development of "Computer Vision based Approach for Interpretation of Sonomammography".

This work addresses development of a computer vision based approach which seeks to overcome limitations in respect of inter-observer and intra-observer variability of lesion description, feature analysis and final assessment; and resolving overlap of sonomammography features characterizing different grades of tissue abnormality manifested through architectural appearance and sonological nature of the tissue. The developed methods and algorithms being incorporated into an expert system coupled with an ultrasonic equipment will aid in speedy and accurate assessment of breast tissue abnormality, by radiologists’, through quantitative analysis of the images. You can find regular updates about the development at http://debdoot.web.officelive.com/phdthesis.aspx

Currently, we are working with an OMAP-L138 based platform for implementing part of the work on front-end development. Details are available at http://hawkboard.wikispot.org/Front_Page

However our preliminary housekeeping of total computational requirements shows OMAP4 to be optimally satisfactory, and PandaBoard natively provides the minimal hardware resources required to undertake the complete implementation as an embedded solution.

PandaBoard Netbook running ubuntu

I want to build a prototype simplified version of ubuntu, using panda board as the main Mobo.
The "monitor" will consist of a LCD screen which I will modify to be able to receive video from the board.

Some other things that will be needed to be integrated is a keyboard, and track-pad.

Other Notes:

If this plan for some reason does not go according to plan, instead of a Netbook, it will be converted into a Portable Apache, MYSQL, PERL, PHP5, Server.(possibly a LAMPP) I will integrate wireless capabilities, and also take advantage of a portable power supply. This will be primary for those who need to work on the go, and will be able to edit, send, and receive, the results live.

Sub sub Notes: Possibility of using Litespeed. This will create, 2x less stress from the apache server, Saving precious CPU and MEMORY.

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Wireless Sensor Network Server using Pandaboard

I have come across Wireless Sensor Networks for surveillance or an organization or environmental study etc.
Let us have a wireless sensor network which senses environmental gas composition.
So. i felt it would be a good idea to have access to the network, and get the required information from anywhere in the world. I am aiming at globalizing the network data, so as to have a Wide Area Network established.

I will interface a ZIGBEE transceiver module to the UART PORT of the pandaboard.
The ( transceiver + pandaboard ) will act as a base station to the wireless sensor network.
It will communicate with the rest of the nodes in a STAR topology.
The base station can talk to any node and request any sensory data.

Now, it will behave as a server and upload all the data to a website.
Through the website, the data would be available to view from anywhere.

Only the administrator will have the login access to the server to maintain the network and solve if any issues occur.

As my Institute is working on wireless sensor networks, i will be able to implement it easily.

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3G Router

New to all this but here is what I want to do.

1. Use the Pandaboard as a 3G/4G Broadband Router. Connection will be shared on WiFi as well as LAN
2. It ofcourse implies there's a DHCP Server somewhere in there

3. Enclose suitably and mount in a vehicle and make a plan for powering the board
4. Plan is to use a modified usb cellphone charger so that 12V to 5V is done on the cheap :)

5. Therefore, I can have WiFi in car.
6. Should be portable so that i can regularly take out and use at home as well.

Software wise:
I am not sure what distribution i'll use. Familiar with ubuntu but might be a little too 'heavy'
Seems MeeGo, Android, Linaro can also step up to the job. Guess it'll depend on what supports all the hardware.

Other desired applications:
While in car:
1. Would like to see if i can hook it to the On Board Diagnostics port and make it do some logging?
2. Hook maybe a camera to it somehow. Useful for fun random pictures :D
3. Maybe get the interface onto my android phone somehow. VNC maybe?
4. Maybe make it a car entertainment system?

While at home:
1. Use as low power media center to play FullHD hopefully but at least 720p?
2. Network switch/router as in car

So ya I'm totally open to suggestions since I am new and there are a lot of people who know this stuff way better than me!!

Thinking I should maybe blog to Tumblr or something as I go along?

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