Authors: An-Ping Wang, Pau-Lo Hsu
Addresses: Institute of Electrical and Control Engineering, National Chiao-Tung University, Hsinchu City, Taiwan. ' Institute of Electrical and Control Engineering, National Chiao-Tung University, Hsinchu City, Taiwan
Abstract: To achieve |education in entertainment|, this research has integrated mechanical design, manufacturing technologies, network-based synchronisation, and control technologies of an edutainment robot. With proper integrations, the distributed-control environment for a biped humanoid robot has been developed in five aspects: robot mechanism; joint servo actuator; main robot controller; ZigBee network; virtual-reality host interface. Furthermore, the authors propose three enhancements of the distributed-control protocol to improve robot agility. The results indicate that the barriers between modern technology and cost to develop a edutainment humanoid robot can be overcome with the proposed mechatronics modules.
Keywords: edutainment robots; humanoid robots; distributed control; integration; biped robots; robot mechanism; joint servo actuators; robot control; ZigBee network; virtual reality; robot agility; mechatronics.
International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2009 Vol.36 No.2, pp.108 - 116
Published online: 13 Aug 2009 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article