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Offline snoozaTopic starter

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robot computer
« on: January 30, 2010, 03:04:59 PM »
ho to make a robot which runs with a computer instead of a microcontrol. ho would i put software on this so it can read a face say its name and greet it.
also when it meets a new face how to say hello how are you what is your name. which computer softwares can i use to do this ? please help
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Re: robot computer
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010, 07:43:26 AM »
linux. hack away at an open source os, or add in an aplication to run over the top of the OS.

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Re: robot computer
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2010, 08:20:37 AM »
Yep. They sell really little motherboard/cpu/ram combo things which run great with linux.
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Re: robot computer
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2010, 09:18:25 AM »
Look up 'PC-104' computers. These are the 'really little ones". Install a gui-less linux and program in python if you are new to the game.

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Re: robot computer
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2010, 10:54:28 AM »
Of course you could also run something like windowsXP on something like a pico-itx...
http://www.mini-itx.com/reviews/pico-itx/ 
Not that I want to get into a windows vs linux type of religious war, but simply to point out you do have options.

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Re: robot computer
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2010, 02:35:14 PM »
Be weary of the relatively new form factors like pico-itx.

The Pc-104 form factor is the de-facto standard for computerized robotics (and has been for a while). ( I work for the DoD and I can't think of a robotic platform that isn't PC-104). More then a small size, the standard is 'stackable' and scalable; with a whole market of add-on boards to suite any need. Need more com ports? just get an expansion card with 12.

I won't get into an OS war, (zs loves those :-P) but I would recommend linux as a robotic OS, and suggest you install a real-time kernel.

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Re: robot computer
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2010, 05:16:45 PM »
I don't love flamewars, it's just a hobby.

I'd recommend Arch Linux. It's a ground-up DIY linux distobution that you can mold to fit your needs, in this case robot controlling.
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