AmigoBots

In the Digital Design Lab course when I was in college, our final project revolved around a MobileRobots AmigoBot (with a programmable Altera UP2 board strapped to the top; tech specs available in this pdf).

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The goal was to program the FPGA to make the robot autonomously:

  • navigate a simple maze via sonar (crashing would decrease score)
  • use infrared sensors to detect signals from randomly-placed beacons
  • use infrared emitters to “shoot” beacons emitting “unfriendly” IFF codes

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My group’s robot performance, final presentation, and reports were impressive enough for one of our professors to request permission to use them as examples for future semesters.

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