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In this paper, we present an autonomous in-pipe robot navigating system using vision-based landmark recognition. We propose to use special features of the pipelines (such as elbows or branches) as landmarks by recognizing the shadows of the elbows and branches. To obtain consistent shadow images, the in-pipe robot equips with specially designed illuminator.(More)
In this paper we present an in-pipe robot, called MRINSPECT V (Multifunctional Robotic crawler for In-pipe inSPECTion V), which is under development for the inspection of pipelines with a nominal 8-inch inside diameter. To travel freely in every pipeline element, the robot adopts a differential driving mechanism that we have developed. Furthermore, by(More)
In this paper, a new approach for moving an inpipe robot inside underground urban gas pipelines is proposed. Since the urban gas supply system is composed of complicated configurations of pipelines, the inpipe inspection requires a robot with outstanding mobility and corresponding control algorithms to apply for. In advance, this paper introduces a new(More)
I n this paper, we present a robot system for inpipe inspection of underground urban gas pipelines. The robot is configured as an articulated structure like a snake with a tether cable. Two active driving vehicles are located in front and rear of the system, and passive modules such as a control module are chained between the active vehicles. The proposed(More)
Generally, object recognition in robotics has used vision, sonar, laser range sensors, etc. In this paper, the authors propose a new sensing technology based on radio frequency identification (RFID) to facilitate the autonomous recognition of objects. This technology uses a novel tag, named the 3-D tag, with which an object can be identified and its(More)
RFID (radio frequency identification) technology has been rapidly and widely applied to various applications. Recently, RFID has been suggested as technology that supports object recognition. This paper introduces the advanced RFID-based recognition. The proposed RFID system not only identifies the existence of the object, but also estimates object's(More)
Architecture and method for accelerating the development of personal robots are presented. It includes the technology such as modularization with its own processing and standardization open to other developers. We mainly focus on the effective ways for integrating the various robotic components and interfacing among them. The architecture is implemented by(More)