Intel’s roadshow event.This year i was fortunate to find myself at the INTEL’s Internet Of Things Roadshow in Pune at VITS hotel. It was on of the most amazing moments this year and i got to learn alot. Got to see many projects, prototype and products. For the roadshow I’d made a telepresence robotic platform using an intel Edison board. So this instructable is about building your very own telepresence robot using Intel’s Edison board.
Intel’s Edison Board :
Edison board comes in with lot of features packed into one small chip, with built-in wifi and bluetooth and much more. It is a compact computing platform that’s small by design so you can easily integrate it into projects. It’s primarily designed for “Internet of Things” projects and is pretty powerful for its small size. The Edison has a bunch of features that makes it appealing for makers of all skill levels. It uses a 22 nm Intel SoC that includes a dual core, dual threaded Intel Atom CPU at 500MHz and a 32-bit Intel® Quark microctroller which runs at 100 MHz.The board supports 40 GPIOs and includes 1 GB LPDDR3, 4 GB EMMC, and has dual-band WiFI and BTLE - which makes it essentially wireless.
Before we begin lets understand, what telepresence robots are ??
Telepresence refers to a set of technologies which allow a person to feel as if they were present, to give the appearance of being present, or to have an effect, via telerobotics, at a place other than their true location.The motive behind building opensource telepresence robot’s was to make this technology to general public as the existing systems are expensive. In the case of basic video conference scenario, people communicate with each other being stationary i.e. they cannot move and in case when they want to monitor the surroundings or something has to be shown, the view point of the camera being fixed makes it difficult for the users on the both sides to effectively interact with each other. If the person moves, the camera and the display does not move in traditional systems, which causes disengagement in the conversation. General solution to this problem is addressed by using robotic platform that can be controlled remotely with cameras and microphones for videoconferencing. This solution is altogether called as telepresence system. The system I’ve made here is a robot which can be controlled remotely over internet using the web browsers. It can be connected with a smart phone or a tablet using wifi. It is a drive-by-wire system which enables a user to log into the robot and control it via the world wide web. A user can simultaneously video conference and drive the bot thus increasing the field of view. In the next few steps we’ll be learning how to make this robot and use the telepresence system at your home. I’ve uploaded the code and the board schematics. Feel free to ping me back, ask a query and suggestions are also welcomed… The project can be viewed here.