Chapter 8Got Linux and Darwin on Your Team of Robots?

The Lost Scrolls of Robotics: #8

Do you not see the logic of my plan?

—VIKI, I Robot

It’s easy to get so totally immersed in the building and designing of your robots that such things as the robot’s operating system and the operating system of the development environment have a tendency of falling off the radar. We know because we fall victim to this all the time. A couple of our members are frequently stuck in the design-build-admire-design cycle and often never end up programming the robots they build to do anything other than a few initial “Oh Wow!” tasks. But when we get right down to it, the operating system (OS) is both a gatekeeper to the power of the microcontroller and computer hardware ...

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