e-puck ground sensors

The e-puck ground sensors extension contains three infrared (IR) proximity sensors pointing directly to the ground in front of the e-puck robot. These sensors are mounted on a small board which is placed in the slot near the front of the e-puck's plastic base. The board also includes a micro-controller that continually samples the IR sensors. The value of the sensors can then be read by the e-puck through the I2C serial interface.

The e-puck ground sensors can be used for many different applications, such as following a black line on a white surface, surface-detection below the robot, or fall-detection. This extension is currently being used for a student exercise in the Bio-Inspired Adaptive Machines course taught by Prof. Dario Floreano at EPFL. The ground sensor user manual is available here. More information is available here.

e-puck ground sensors

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