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Robot Programming: A Guide to Controlling Autonomous Robots by Tracey Hughes, Cameron Hughes

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8. Getting Started with Autonomy: Building Your Robot’s Softbot Counterpart

Robot Sensitivity Training Lesson #8: It’s not about the robot’s hardware; it’s “who” the robot is on the inside that matters.

By definition, all real robots have some kind of end-effectors, sensors, actuators, and one or more controllers. While all these are necessary components, a collection of these components is not sufficient to be called a robot. These components can be used as standalone parts and can be put into many other kinds of machines and devices. It’s how these components are combined, connected, and coordinated using programming that moves them in the direction of robot.

A robot is only as useful as its programming. Every useful autonomous robot has a ...

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