Ground Robots and Tracking System for Indoor Robotics Lab

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if you folks could suggest two things:

  1. Indoor ground robots for a graduate level robotics course
  2. Indoor localization system

The indoor ground robots would ideally be in the realm of $100 to $1,000 USD a piece. Two-wheeled differential drive would be ideal but a four wheeled robot should also work. For the most part, we don’t care about the sensor suite, all we need is a means to measure the robots current position and heading relative to the known area that it is in so that we can test path following and trajectory tracking algorithms.

The localization system needs to be able to provide a simple interface to measure the position and heading of the robots. It will be used with at least 3 ground robots but that number could go as high as 10 or 15. The accuracy should be accurate to within a few centimeters but we can certainly change the specs to meet price constraints. We do not need something as accurate as Vicon or similar.

The total budget is ~$40k USD.

We will interface with the robots and localization system using ROS and MATLAB.

I have already, and will continue to search around but I wanted to know what other labs are using and what has worked for people.

Thank you very much for your time!

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