Taz is a web controled robot in the School of Engineering at Sounthern Illinois University. The current web interface allows users to move Taz in three directions only, forward, left and right. There are no camera controls implemented which provide zoom, pan or tilt functionality. Furthermore there is no mapping feature that enables users to identify the location of the robot in the building.
The purpose of Robot Orientation and Mapping Project (R.O.M.P) is to come up with a mapping feature and try to solve the orientation problem for the robot Marvin. Upon success these features will be migrated onto Taz. Mapping feature would enable users to identify the location of the robot over the Web and the additional controls will enhance users web controlled robot experiece.
The implementation of the web interface and the mapping feature is in java. The middleman server that handles connections between the applets and the robot is also written in c++. The software residing on the robot is Aria.
Dr. Jerry Weinberg (Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
Mr. Andrew Lamonica (Instructional Support Specialist, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
Users can range from eigth grade kids, to univeristy students, and potentially anybody who are aware of Taz and have a computer and an internet connection.