4. Checking the Actual Capabilities of Your Robot

Robot Sensitivity Training Lesson #4: Some robots underperform only because their potential has been overpromised.

Understanding the robot’s real capabilities is a prerequisite to coming up with the robot’s vocabularies, ROLL model, or any useful programming. The robot capability matrix is designed to keep track of what parts and capabilities a robot has.

Our first cut at a robot capability matrix from Table 2.1 listed the sensors, end-effectors, microcontroller, and type of robot, but that only tells part of the story. Some of the capabilities were taken directly from the manufacturers’ specifications. But a note of caution is in order. The specifications for the robot’s sensors, actuators, motors, ...

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