#### Introduction to robotics

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We introduce the topic of robotics, the recent history, why we need robots and the future of robots.

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We introduce the topic of robotics, the recent history, why we need robots and the future of robots.

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Much of what we know about robots comes from fiction. Let’s look at fictional robots and the underlying reality.

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We consider a robot with three joints that moves its end-effector on a plane.

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We consider the simplest possible robot, which has one rotary joint and an arm.

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For real robots such as those with 6 joints that move in 3D space the inverse kinematics is quite complex, but for many of these robots the solutions have been helpfully derived by others and published. Let’s explore the inverse kinematics of the classical Puma 560 robot.

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In this mini-documentary we look at a diverse range of real-world robots, discuss what they do and how they do it.

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For a simple 2-link planar robot we introduce and derive its Jacobian matrix, and also introduce the concept of spatial velocity.

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We introduce serial-link robot manipulators, the sort of robot arms you might have seen working in factories doing tasks like welding, spray painting or material transfer. We will learn how we can compute the pose of the robot‘s end-effector given knowledge of the robot‘s joint angles and the dimensions of its links.

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We consider a robot with four joints that moves its end-effector in 3D space.

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We consider a robot, which has two rotary joints and an arm.