What's in the AIRLab
This page describes (part of) the hardware that you can find and use in the the AIRlab sites. Gear is divided into categories: go to the relevant one to know what is available, its main characteristics, and maybe get some tips.
To know where things are, take a look at this spreadsheet.
If you take anything away from its usual place, put a link to your personal AIRWiki page in the spreadsheet so that people know who has the stuff. Ask your advisor for a way to edit the spreadsheet.
If something you need is missing, you can add a row in the Shopping list and ask your advisor or Giulio Fontana. You may get an authorization to go and buy the thing you need (note that you will be reimbursed only if you follow the right procedure...!). Here is a list of dealers that we used in the past.
IMPORTANT! There are safety risks associated to the use of some kind of hardware. They are described in the Safety norms. You are required to know these norms before you do anything in the AIRLab.
HOWTO use this page
Below is a list of what equipment is available in the AIRLab. To know where things are, look this spreadsheet. If you take anything away from its place, you must put a link to your AIRWiki page in the spreadsheet (so other users know where to find stuff). Ask your advisor to know how to edit the spreadsheet.
Each of the following category is a collection of links. Each link points to a page of the AIRWiki dedicated to a specific class of hardware. Such "class page" must at least contain a table where - for every piece of hardware included into the class - the following data are specified:
- make and model;
- the main specifications;
- a link to the datasheet and/or the user's manual (in the maker's website).
Additionally, you may find information about who currently has a piece of gear. This is gradually being migrated here.
If you want to be kindly remembered forever by future AIRLab users, you can complete the "class page" with a short introduction about the kind of hardware it is dedicated to. It's also very good if you put here a description of the key points and the pitfalls in the choice and use of such hardware, so that your experience (and misfortunes) are not wasted. If you want an example of such an introduction, look at the Cameras, lenses and mirrors page (a less verbose version is good too!).
If you need support to use basic components, have a look here and ask your advisor.
- A.R.Drone Parrot
- Humanoid and bio-inspired robots
- LURCH - The autonomous wheelchair
- The MO.RO. family
- MRT, the Milan Robocup Team
- Cameras, lenses and mirrors
- Laser Range Finders
- Infrared Range Sensors
- Inertial Measurement Units
- Absolute position sensors (e.g. GPS)
Control and actuation
- Microcontrollers and accessories
- Motors, gearboxes & encoders
- Motor control boards
- Servomechanisms (aka "Servos")
- Rotary tables
Computers and boards
- Raspberry PI
- User-accessible PCs
- Mobile Devices
- Number crunching (or: how you can do experiments in hours instead of days)
- Internet access for laptops: see here