CYCOGS® Sensing Platforms



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This is an introduction into Sensing Platforms and the CYCOGS® brand sensor ring.

In Robotics, sensors are used extensively to learn about the robot’s world and its environment.  This is even more important for Mobile Robots as the world they sense can change rapidly.  Efforts to provide sensor coverage have employed many sensors that are duplicated in various locations, such as a multitude of sonar sensors on a Mobile Robot.  Cost also limits sensor deployment, as some sensors are expensive, such as IR thermal cameras.

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Moving and rotating sensor platforms have been around for a long time. 

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Moving and rotating sensor platforms include radar dishes, line scan cameras, cameras on a rotating base for "panning", and laser scanners. 

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In the Mobile Robotics field, rotating platforms have also been used, containing such sensors as laser scanners, sonar sensors, LIDAR sensors, infrared sensors, and cameras. 

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human’s head  is a good example of a rotating sensor platform; we aim our head toward a sound we hear for a closer look.  Unfortunately, our neck has limited rotation capability.  Some sensors are expensive, use substantial amounts of power, use a long form factor or occupy a large volume.  Many sensors cover only a narrow  Field of View  (FoV)  and some sensors require periodic, involved calibrations and maintenance.  Large sensors may not fit some robot designs, but could if the sensor parts could be distributed or folded in size, such as with the  optical paths  on a Cassegrain telescope.  The CYCOGS® company developed a rotating sensor platform that can be scanned or aimed, which can also provide the ability to interact with the platform’s environment.  Additionally,  "output"  or  reactive features  can be incorporated, such as aiming a laser or spot light, emitting a directed sound, mechanically moving an object or extending and operating a probe or robotic arm.

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In this illustration,  as shown in Red,  is the placement of two rotary sensor rings shown on a mobile robot.

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The CYCOGS® brand sensor platform reduces the total sensor cost and expands the sensing ability with no sensor obstructions in a modular design utilizing local processing and control of the sensor platform while featuring a large internal diameter to provide the chassis with maximum interior volume for the supporting structure as well as provides for the traversal past the sensor platform of wires, mechanisms and equipment.  The CYCOGS® brand Sensor Ring (Sring) sensor platform has several distinct and independent advantages over the other systems, such as expanding sensor coverage by scanning processes, thus magnifying the sensor’s abilities and range by having direct control over the sensor platform’s position and modes of movement.  The control includes the ability to direct a sensor’s sensing direction, such as to scan and survey an area.

The CYCOGS® brand Sring local on-board sensor data processing, as well as the local control of the sensor platform positional control by using one or more embedded computers, reduces the overall system data traffic and allows simplified power and data connections and cable installation.  With local on-board computers, sensor signals can be digitized and processed locally.  Locally processing the sensor data also eliminates the problems of adding additional sensors, as there is no need to add new wire runs in the chassis for each new sensor installed in the sensor platform.

The rotational movements of the sensor ring platform are varied and can range from  stationary,

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to continuous  360+  degree rotations,

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or even area scanned  (sector scanned  – swinging back and forth)

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and  other-directed  movements.

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The CYCOGS® brand Sring scanning can also be a  random search pattern,  as in the case of the robot looking for something, jumping from heading to heading  (the view location).

The CYCOGS® brand Sring sensor ring platform scanning can also be  sensor driven,  such as by analyzing the sensor data and moving to the heading of an abnormal sensor reading for detailed measurements, such as detecting a loud noise, and rotating the sensor platform to investigate.

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This comprises a new option for sensing mobile environments using the CYCOGS® brand Sring for sensor coverage and cost savings.

For further details on the CYCOGS® brand Sring, please see its product page here.
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For a story about the CYCOGS® brand Sring, please see its story here.
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