Chapter 6Robot Environments, Teamwork Strategies, and Goals

The Lost Scrolls of Robotics: #6

Now that I have fulfilled my purpose, I don’t know what to do.

—Sonny, I Robot

The robots we build don’t exist in a vacuum (well, unless we loan them to NASA or one of the other space agencies). For the rest of us, our robots will operate in a particular physical reality. They will function in a particular environment. They will move on a certain type of terrain. They will operate in certain temperatures. The robots might operate indoors or outside in the elements or both. The robots will have either a stationary base or a mobile base. If the base is stationary, then the robot most likely will have actuators and end effectors that move specific distances. ...

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