For the currently emerging services and applications in the field of telepresence systems, a single-axis, self-balancing robot system is developed. For this purpose, the Center of Excellence of the University of Applied Sciences Lübeck develops a cost effective solution for a localization system which is evaluated with a reference system for the use case of a telepresence robot.
nolo design GmbH is responsible for the robot platform and the remote control functions. nolo design has many years of experience in the development of self-balancing personal transporters, which only require a small footprint and thus can have a very compact design.
The new telepresence robot can autonomously navigate and it can be remote controlled as well. Existing localization systems that are needed for autonomous navigation exceed the cost of a telepresence robot many times. Therefore, a cost-effective solution is the key to the success of the project. CoSA is responsible for modeling the robot odometry, design and implementation of the localization and the reference point systems which are necessary to determine the correct position of the robot. A high accuracy up to a few centimeters is sought.
As first part of the project, odometry with self-balanced robot platforms will be evaluated and implemented. In addition, different approaches for absolute localization by means of anchor points are evaluated. Absolute localization and odometry are finally combined to obtain a suiable localization result for an indoor navigation solution.