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Build robot without embedded board

asked 2020-08-09 10:09:00 -0600

Xiao gravatar image

updated 2021-04-24 02:37:06 -0600

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Hi everybody, I want to assemble a robot but I don't want use raspberry pi or embedded board, I want use laptop to do that. Is this plan feasible? Can somebody give some advice? Thank you very much for your assistance.

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How will you achieve low level communication? I mean to command motors?

Tahir M. gravatar image Tahir M.  ( 2020-08-09 11:06:29 -0600 )edit

@Tahir M.

Actually, I used DE1-SoC this embedded board to trajectory tracking before.

Now I want to know if I can use this board and a laptop to complete motor control and ROS related work.

Or what equipment I need to add to complete the operation

Xiao gravatar image Xiao  ( 2020-08-09 11:34:06 -0600 )edit

You can use small PCs, such as Intel NUC (x86) or DJI Manifold (x86/TX2)

plutotx gravatar image plutotx  ( 2020-08-10 08:07:12 -0600 )edit

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answered 2020-08-09 12:24:30 -0600

Tahir M. gravatar image

The plan is feasible. You can have a look at Turtlebot 2 which actually comes with a laptop. You will need a board/motor driver which actually does the low level communication. A part from that you can do everything on your laptop.

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@Tahir M. OK!

So maybe I have to change my board to do the low level communication?

Is there anything to pay attention to when choosing?

Xiao gravatar image Xiao  ( 2020-08-09 20:38:43 -0600 )edit

It depends which sort of motors do you use and what do you want out of it. For example if you want to use Dyanmixel motors than for that a U2D2 converter is fine or an OpenCR board. Because for these motors you dont need a motor driver but may be for other motors you need a motor driver as well. There is one other example like Hebi Motors, for these you don't need a motor driver or an embeded board you just need to connect them directly to your PC or router and control them(though they are a little expensive). So I think it depends what you want to use dependent upon resources. And everything else ofcourse you can do on your laptop.

Tahir M. gravatar image Tahir M.  ( 2020-08-12 12:07:52 -0600 )edit

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