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PiBot: An Open Low-Cost Robotic Platform With Camera for STEM Education

Version 1 : Received: 16 October 2018 / Approved: 17 October 2018 / Online: 17 October 2018 (05:53:30 CEST)

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Vega, J.; Cañas, J.M. PiBot: An Open Low-Cost Robotic Platform with Camera for STEM Education. Electronics 2018, 7, 430. Vega, J.; Cañas, J.M. PiBot: An Open Low-Cost Robotic Platform with Camera for STEM Education. Electronics 2018, 7, 430.

Journal reference: Electronics 2018, 7, 430
DOI: 10.3390/electronics7120430

Abstract

This paper presents the robotic platform, PiBot, that has been developed and that is aimed at improving the teaching of Robotics with vision to secondary students. Its computational core is the Raspberry Pi 3 controller board, and the greatest novelty of this prototype is the support developed for the powerful camera mounted on board, the PiCamera. An open software infrastructure written in Python language was implemented so that the student may use this camera, or even a WebCam, as the main sensor of this robotic platform. Also, higher level commands have been provided to enhance the learning outcome for beginners. In addition, a PiBot 3D printable model and the counterpart for the Gazebo simulator were also developed and fully supported. They are publicly available so that students and educational centers that do not have the physical robot or can not afford the costs of these, can nevertheless practice and learn or teach Robotics using these open platforms: DIY-PiBot and/or simulated-PiBot.

Subject Areas

teaching robotics; science teaching; STEM; robotic tool; python; Raspberry Pi; PiCamera; vision system

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