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Old July 7th, 2010, 02:42 AM
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Default Importance of Robotic Theory

I'm an Computer Science & Engineering Grad, I have a question in my mind that.....

How important is learning Robotic theory like Kinematics, Dynamics and controls for an Software Engineer in order to build robotic application using MRDS?

I just dont want to build robots as hobby, but i'm working towards building industrial robotic arm, so from this context i wonder how important is this??
(I'm yet finish promrds book so i have no idea)

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Default Using Microsoft RDS

RDS does not require you to know a lot about robotics to get started. However, you specifically mentioned an arm. Controlling any robotic arm is quite a complex process. You need to understand forward and inverse kinematics. There is a very simple example in the book for the Lynxmotion L6 arm, but it has one very important advantage -- all of the joints are in a 2D plane. (The base can rotate, but you can consider this entirely independent of the rest of the joints). This makes the kinematics easily solvable with simple geometry. (Yes, finally, a use for high-school geometry!)

Most of the samples for RDS use wheeled robots with differential drives. This is a common configuration because it is easy to understand and control.

I encourage you to learn about robotics, but you don't have to wait to get started.

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Default Robotic Books

I'm really intrested in learning robotics, but watever books i've bought till now explains Robotic theory assuming reader is an mechanical engineer, so since i'm an computer science engineer i'm feeling really hard to walk through these books.

So can you please suggest some good books about robotics that has been written for computer science engineers, so that we can understand robotic theory clearly ? Or should i have to take some formal course in robotics with an instructor?


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