The overriding object of Open Rover is to create a low cost outdoor robotics platform. It will lower the barrier of entry for school projects, professional engineering teams or even the lone hacker in the basement. Open Rover will free teams to focus on end applications instead of hardware and basic navigation issues.
Two main goals presented for this Special Problems class:
- Develop a low cost motor controller that will allow the usage of off-the-shelf hub motors.
- Create models of the different versions of Open Rover and test them in a virtual environment. A stretch goal was to build a proof of concept rover and compare this to the models.