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Friday, October 25 • 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Building Interesting and Complex Robotics Using x86 Computers - John Hawley, Red Hat

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Most hobbyist robots that are present in the market target simple tasks, from simple line following robots to the computationally simplistic battle bots (which are mostly remote controlled). With the rise in relatively inexpensive and low powered x86 machines we now have the capability to do much more computationally interesting things within the robot chassis. Specifically it means onboard complex computation can be done, giving robots much greater autonomy than using arduinos or complex microcontrollers. This greater computational capacity gives us the ability to make use of much more complex sensors, do onboard real-time image analysis as well as give the ability to use much more powerful and complex control system like wifi, zigbee and cellular modems. This talk is mainly aimed at discussing the ramifications of using low power x86 machines to act as the brains of modern robots.


John Hawley

Open Source Developer, VMware - OSPO - OSTC
John 'Warthog9' Hawley led the system administration team on kernel.org for nearly a decade. His other exploits include working on Syslinux, OpenSSI, a caching Gitweb, and patches to bind to enable GeoDNS. He's the author of PXE Knife, Boot Boot, as well as SyncDiff(erent) a state-full... Read More →

Friday October 25, 2013 5:30pm - 6:20pm BST

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