According to NASA Tech
Briefs, JPL has proposed an electronics architecture
for the rapid construction and testing of robot prototypes. The
architecture is based on the PC/104 standard and adds specifications for
reconfigurable and modular I/O, processors, sensors, actuators and other
functions. Also included in the architecture design are multiple
watchdog timers for the computer and other boards. So far the
complete architecture doesn't appear to be published online anywhere but,
hopefully it will be soon. The architecture was designed by Michael
Kennedy, and others at JPL's Robotics
Hardware System Group.
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A great sounding concept. There have been other control architectures
out there for software but I like this idea in hardware. I'd love to
hear about the specification for the interfaces. The brief in the
article suggests explicit commands are sent to the module. Hopefully,
this is just an example and something more "neural" can run the show.
I don't imagine there's any harm in emailing the address given
so....I'll do that!