The use of drones in agriculture is becoming more and more popular. The paper presents a novel approach to dis- tinguish between different field’s plowing techniques by means of an RGB-D sensor. The presented system can be easily integrated in commercially available Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). In order to successfully classify the plowing techniques, two different measurement algorithms have been developed. Experimental tests show that the proposed methodology is able to provide a good classification of the field’s plowing depth
This letter presents a novel wearable haptic controller (WHC) system suitable for teleoperation of demolition machines and robotic platforms. With regard to existing operator controller unit composed by passive joysticks, the WHC has been designed to provide force feedback to the user, hence improving the user perfor- mance during the teleoperation of different robotic platforms and the interaction with the environment on the remote construction sites. The haptic feedback is provided through two compact parallel kinematic (CPK) interfaces that will be presented within the paper. The CPK implements a novel variant of the Delta kinematics which allows minimizing the radial encumbrance while preserving same operational workspace. In addition, we propose a new interaction modality that provides users the feeling of directly maneuvering the end-effector of the demolition machine. Finally, the architec- ture of the proposed system is presented and the results of some preliminary evaluation tests are discussed. The experiments have been performed in simulated environments and on a real machine
This work addresses the problem of semi-automatic inspection and navigation in confined environments. A system that overcomes many challenges at the state of the art is presented. It comprises a multirotor able to inspect an industrial combustion chamber thus working in a GPS-denied environment with poor lighting conditions, in the presence of magnetic and communication disturbances, iron dust and repetitive patterns on the structure walls. The presented system is able to pass through narrow entrances but still capable of acquiring high resolution images and to allow operators to perform inspection of the structures. Starting from the captured data, the system is able to provide a 3D reconstruction of the inspected environment for offline analysis.
The present paper introduces a novel type of haptic interface which is fully portable and employs only onboard sensors and electronics to solve accurate localization and force feedback generation. The device offers 2DOF force control while sliding on a plane and maintaining its orientation comfortable for the user. The device generates force feedback information without any intermediate link between the motion wheels and the grasping handle. The device has been designed for application in neuro-rehabilitation protocols and it adopts specific mechanical, electrical and control solutions in order to cope with patient requirements. The paper describes the mechanical and electronic solutions as well as the most relevant features of control implementation issues that were addressed in the system design.
While control theory for bilateral teleoperation systems under constant time communication delay is well developed, the research on time-varying communication delay systems is still ongoing. Most wave-based approaches proposed in literature to deal with time-varying delay appear too conservative resulting in high degradation from the constant time delay case.We have already proposed a bilateral control scheme with energy balance monitoring over packet switched communication networks. In the previous work, we dealt with a simplify situation where the time-varying was in the communication channel from master to the slave. However, we did not implement and test the system with a more complex scenario in which the delay was in both communication paths. The paper presents a complete bilateral teleoperation control scheme to compensate nonlinearity introduced by an Internet like communication channel. The system implements intelligent strategies to maintain the system passivity while it deals with position drift compensation, packets loss and blackouts management. Experimental results using the proposed control scheme are shown.
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