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   The Team Leader Approach: It's all about  perspective ...


We will take advantage often of the team leader approach.   In this scheme  one team member gets to play captain  and control the information flow and dispatch the other team members to execute various tasks.  In this scheme the team leader's work  is largely coordinating, planning, interpreting, and making decision.  The team leader can also be involved in heavy lifting as well in conjunction with team leading duties.


Here's where the fun comes in with our BRON approach to creating teams of robots.  The choice of team leader can have a dramatic affect  on  how the  robot application is  designed  and conceptualized. Your imagination and the possibilities will go in different directions depending on  who the team leader is and the type of communication model  that you choose between the team members.   For example:



   If the  BRON is put together with the computer as the team leader then are we designing a computer program where  robots and other  Bluetooth devices are  simply peripherals  under service of the  computer program?    


   If we have a  Android phone, a NXT-based robot, and a computer and we choose to make the robot the team leader, then are we really just using the Android phone, and computer as resources for the robot to accomplish its task?


  What if the Android phone is designated the team leader?   Are the computer and robot just  extensions of the Android's  text messaging and communication facilities? 


  Do the  computer, NXT-based robot, and Android phone form something unique?  A totally new form of hybrid automation? 


Of course the answer is all of the above and much more. It's all a matter of perspective. 

 

TECHNIQUE:  BRON (BLUETOOTH ROBOT-ORIENTED NETWORK)

PUBLICATION DATE:  February 22, 2013

PUBLISHER:  McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics

SUMMARY:

Using Bluetooth, coordination, and agent-based techniques to create a team of robots; sending and receiving Bluetooth messages, data, and commands among robots, between a robot and a computer, and between an Android smart phone and a robot.

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