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Visualization of Pallets

Posted 9 Nov 2006 at 22:42 UTC by steve Share This

With all the war robots being built these days some might be thinking it's time for robots to visualize world peace. Instead, NIST researchers are helping robots to visualize pallets. Pallets on the factory floor need to be precisely visualized so robot forklifts can model the location and orientation as they approach. Using LADAR (Laser Detection and Ranging) sensors, the researchers gave robots the ability to visualize both the pallets and the position of any humans or other obstacles in the robot's path. A second sensor, called a Panner, or panning laser ranger, was also used. The robots used the sensor data to build up 3D data point clouds of objects in their environment.

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