Our robot will be equipped with lidars, sterio camera, SLAM algorithm, machine vision and similar loads. Please suggest us the computer specification which will be ideal and optimal?

asked 2017-06-12 05:33:13 -0600

shahidare gravatar image

We are team of 4 engineers trying to develop autonomous robot system which can navigate autonomously in farms and other agricultural environment. We are kicking off the project next month and We are looking for ideal computer system specification.

We are purchasing stuffs for the development and we are looking for recommendations for hardware requirement.

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Is this mean to be prototyping? Do you have any constrains about weight, power consumption?

DavidN gravatar image DavidN  ( 2017-06-13 00:41:45 -0600 )edit

Weight constrain is not there as for now. Power consumption can be taken care off by using larger batteries if needed.

But it will be helpful if you can give insights in either situation for us to evaluate further.


shahidare gravatar image shahidare  ( 2017-06-13 00:54:32 -0600 )edit

If so, I would consider multiple small PCs (like Inter NUC or Gigabyte Brix) as a start, because the computational power depends on many factors (number of sensors, your algo, speed of the vehicle, etc.).

DavidN gravatar image DavidN  ( 2017-06-13 00:58:53 -0600 )edit

ROS is also best choice to use distributed systems (multiple PCs working together), so you can have 1 PC to handle motion planning + localization, 1 for machine-vision for example. This also enable "plug-and-play" if you wanna try different machine vision algo with same motion planning capability.

DavidN gravatar image DavidN  ( 2017-06-13 01:00:30 -0600 )edit

Yes, I was thinking of something in those lines. I will dig in more into inter NUC and gigabyte Brix.

For the software development purpose or simulation work before actual robot testing, do you think we will need high computional requirements?

shahidare gravatar image shahidare  ( 2017-06-13 01:05:44 -0600 )edit

What I mean is, I will be distributing the vision, navigation and robotic hand work in the team and I am in process of purchasing the hardware for them. I want to buy the optimal hardwares.

shahidare gravatar image shahidare  ( 2017-06-13 01:09:10 -0600 )edit