Otto: A Low-Cost Robotics Platform for Research and Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001

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We have developed a high-performance, low-cost robotics platform named ``Otto'' designed for robotics researchers and educators. The platform consists of a microcontroller board as well as software development and runtime tools. Greater computational power allows more complex artificial intelligence and control algorithms to be implemented, enabling more sophisticated robot behavior. Over the course of two manufacturing runs, the platform has evolved significantly. This thesis documents the platform's evolution, lessons learned during its design, and future planned enhancements. In addition, we taught a robotics engineering class at MIT using the Otto platform. The course and the students' feedback on the Otto platform are also discussed.


    AUTHOR     = {Edwin Olson},
    TITLE      = {Otto: A Low-Cost Robotics Platform for Research and Education},
    SCHOOL     = {Massachusetts Institute of Technology},
    MONTH      = {May},
    YEAR       = {2001},
    ADDRESS    = {Cambridge, MA},