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Without a vision guidance system, robots would be blind, unable to present itself to parts. The increased power of vision guidance systems eliminate the need for expensive fixtures that often must be removed or modified when manufacturers introduce new products or parts.

ActivMedia PTZ Robotic

The robotic color cameras of ActivMedia Robotics Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) are fully integrated accessories for ActivMedia mobile robots. The PTZ camera systems include the Sony EVI-D30 or the Cannon VC-C4 with custom signal and power cables, mounting hardware, and software for integration on the robot and control through client applications, including ACTS, ARIA, and Saphira.

Power, Signal and Control Cable Installation of PTZ Robotic

Power Cable
Base on the model trend and time to time changing, one end of the camera’s 12VDC power cable plugs into the 12-position latch-lock header on the “legacy” motor-power board, or into the 4-position minifit AUX1 (RADIO) or AUX2 switched power connector on the Pioneer 2-Plus or Pioneer 3 motor-power board. Feed the other end of the cable through the console near the camera, such as through the console port of the DX or AT. Power to the camera is switched through the respective AUX1 (RADIO) or AUX2 pushbutton on the robot’s User-Control side panel for the Pioneer 3 and 2-Plus robots. Another switch on the camera itself may also control power.

PTZ Robotic Camera Software

Your PTZ Robotic Camera assemblies with software support for controlling the pan, tilt, and zoom features of the camera through your ActivMedia robot’s operating system, such as P2OS and AROS. In addition, we provide C- and C++-language-based libraries and source code for integration of the PTZ Robotic Camera with your client applications.

Artificial Intelligence Pervasive Robotics

Pervasive robotics will need, in a near future, small, light and cheap robots that exhibit complex behaviors. These requirements led to the development of the M2-M4 Macaco project - a robotic active vision head. Macaco is a portable system, capable to emulate the head of different creatures both functionally and aesthetically. It integrates mechanisms for autonomous navigation, social interactions, and object analysis. One AI approach is the development of robots whose embodiment and situatedness in the world evoke behaviors that obviate constant human supervision.

Implementation of Pervasive Robotics

Security is one possible operational scenario for this active head. For this class of applications, Macaco robot was equipped with a behavioral system capable of searching for people or faces, and to further recognize them. In addition, human gaze direction might reveal security threats, and thus a head gaze detection algorithm was developed. Probable targets for such gazings are other people and mostly important, explosives and/or guns. Therefore, salient objects situated in the world are processed for 3D information extraction and texture/color analysis. Current work is also underway for object and scene recognition from contextual cues.

EMARO - European Master in Advanced Robotics

The target of this partnership application is to consolidate the European Consortium of EMARO master course with Asian partners. Duration of the partnership is three years. English is the working language in all the partnership institutions. Objectives of EMARO partnership:
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