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STTR Phase II: General Robot Controller for Legged Mobile Robots with…

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National Science Foundation
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2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
RoadNarrows, LLC
125 East 5th St. #102 Loveland, CO 80537-5503
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: STTR Phase II: General Robot Controller for Legged Mobile Robots with Integrated Open Source Software
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0848762
Award Amount: $500,000.00


This Small Business Technolgy Transfer (STTR) Phase II project focuses on the development of a generalized processing and sensor pack complete with open-source software and curricula for using legged robots as an educational platform for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses. The innovation of this proposal is a middleware product called SkewZone Brain and Sensor Pack. This Brain Pack which consists of processing boards, plug-in sensors, wireless communication, software interfaces and mechanical hardware for attachment to commercially available legged robots, serves as a value-added layer between the low-level operations of a robot platform and the high-level software. Educators will be able to migrate their Brain Pack from one robot to another, allowing software, curriculum, and hardware reuseability. The Brain Pack provides sufficient sensory feedback to close the loop on the mechanical control of the legged platform. Higher-level cognitive algorithms, such as path-planning, vision, and behavior-based systems, can be easily developed or reused. The distinctive features and challenges of legged robots provide unique opportunities for high-school and college curricula in numerous STEM topics. Robots are currently used in a variety of classes. However, current educational robot platforms are dominated by wheeled robots; legged robots with a biological basis are almost absent. Robots, which have sufficient on-board processing power, sensors, a wireless interface, and open-source software, are necessary for building curricula that meet educational standards and for interesting research assignments.

Principal Investigator:

Kim Wheeler-Smith

Business Contact:

Kim Wheeler-Smith
Small Business Information at Submission:

RoadNarrows LLC
308 E. 5th St. Loveland, CO 80537

EIN/Tax ID: 753030206
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Sourthern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Box 1046
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1046
Contact: Jerry B. Weinberg
Contact Phone: (618) 650-3010
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university