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Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology

AMiRo – Autonomous Mini Robot for Research and Education

Motivation

AMiRo

In Order to use robots in as many households as possible in the future, they must be affordable for broad masses. So far, robots which master complex abilities are yet expensive. What is needed is an inexpensive robot, which can easily be equipped with various abillities. This also allows free programmers to develop software for robots. Furthermore, apprentices and students in the field of informatics are given the opportunity to learn the construction and programming of robots from this system.

Goal

The developers of AMiRo work on small robots, which are assembled from commercially available components. The special feature: They should interact independent with their surroundings and be so small that they drive on a desk and can be placed with only one hand at any location in the house.

The AMiRo

The mini robot on two wheels is in the base version approximately as large as a money box, nearly eight centimeters high and ten centimeters in diameter. It orientates and moves autonomously and is equipped with infrared sensors. Its hardware is modular. This enables an effortless attachment of a camera or laser scanner. AMiRo can be used as a portable sensor that for instance can be accessed via smartphone to keep an eye on one’s apartment. It can also bring along small items. A physically challenged person can extend his or her scope by using the mini robot for pushing over a drinking cup or a book. AMiRo runs with a Linux operating system, so that home user can program it for any tasks, beeing a toy for children or a complex wireless sensor network. The robot is using resource-efficient microelectronic circuits and sensors in order to ensure the longest possible battery life.

Contact person

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Rückert, Universität Bielefeld
Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)
Telephone: 0521 106-12050, E-Mail: rueckert@techfak.uni-bielefeld.de