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You cant just directly attach motors and other hardware directly to your laptop - so you cant avoid the electronics.
You should decide on your requirements before deciding on the hardware. If you can determine how much processing power you need, you can determine which hardware choice is best. Tell us more about what algorithms/sensors you plan to run/use.
Layered programs are programs that run in parallel, sharing common global variables. They are layered because they have different priority at sharing processor time. There are programs that work with the hardware, like a network card driver (low level layer), and programs that work with artificial intelligence (high level layer). They are exchanging information so they can work together like there were just one program running.Does this makes sense?
We are goin to use Sick LMS for obstacle detection, a firewire camera( i dont remembr xact name rght now) for higher level vision, a GPS receiver for navigation and a 3 axis acclerometer for feedback
for critical situations like stairclimbing,etal
complex code for control of an actuator
I dont really kno a way to determine the processing power requirement for these, how is it done ??
Whoa . . . first, you are asking for waaaaay toooooo much for your first robot. 'high level' camera vision, SICK sensors, GPS . . . You need to back off a little and stick with the basics first . . . Not to mention the cost of all this . . .
actuators don't really require complex code . . . which actuator?
Datasheets and research papers. You just gotta look them up.
You're talking huge amounts of research here.- Jon