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Surface based wireless power transmission and bidirectional communication for autonomous robot swarms

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Surface based wireless power transmission and bidirectional communication for autonomous robot swarms
—We introduce an inexpensive, low complexity power surface system capable of simultaneously providing wireless power and bidirectional communication from a surface to multiple mobile robots. This system enables continuous operation of a swarm-sized population of battery-less robots. Our first prototype consists of a 60cm x 60cm power surface that provides power and bidirectional communication to an initial evaluation group of five test robots, each one consuming 200mW. Unlike typical non-resonant inductive (transformer) coupling, power transmission in this system is achieved through magnetic flux coupling between a high Q L-C resonator placed beneath the operating surface and a non-resonant pickup coil on each robot. We explore the design of the pickup coil and conditioning circuitry, and we characterize the position-dependent power density of a static load representative of a small autonomous robot operating on the surface. We demonstrate a continuous power density averaging 4.1m...
Travis Deyle, Matthew S. Reynolds
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Type Conference
Year 2008
Where ICRA
Authors Travis Deyle, Matthew S. Reynolds
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