Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsThe best way to learn anything is to try and do it. Here’s your chance to build your very own robot. In this very practical course, you will build a simple physical robot, and create the software to allow it to perform a useful task. Your challenge is to create a simple robot that can can draw lines on a sheet of paper. You’ll put your knowledge of robotics and mathematics to use, and also exercise your programming skills. You’ll enjoy sharing your robot design and the way your robot works with other learners all around the world. I’m Professor Peter Corke, please join me in this exciting challenge of creating a robot arm.
When would you like to start?
What will you achieve?
Who is the course for?
If you wish to build a robot arm, you will need access to robotic kits or components. If you are not able to buy or borrow equipment, you can still learn the build process through this course.
This project is an exciting opportunity to apply mathematical, algorithmic and control principles of robot arm manipulators, so you’ll need to understand these principles before starting. This includes concepts from advanced high-school mathematics or engineering; in particular, analytic geometry and linear algebra. That is, you know about points, vectors, matrices, matrix-vector and matrix-matrix multiplication and linear transformations.
What software or tools do you need?
How you build your robot depends on what resources you have access to. You might choose to purchase a robotics development kit or borrow hobby robot components. All of the task instructions, demonstrations, and worksheets will be provided. You’ll need a 64-bit computer to install the MATLAB software and download a custom software toolbox to control your robot. The software depends on the hardware you choose to use.
Please note that we base our video instructions around the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit, which is no longer produced.
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A Certificate of Achievement
Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.
To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.
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