Designs and Prototypes of Mobile Robots
Even though the robot market size is still small at this moment, applied fields of robotics are gradually spreading, from the manufacturing industry to the third industry, as one of the important components to support an aging society. However; the consistent drop in birth rate in developed countries is resulting in a reduction in the number of talented students. This represents a great challenge for universities to motive young people to study science and technology. In this chapter, a survey of basic and advanced mobile robot platforms for educational purposes, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, is given. In particular, the main educational objectives with mobile robots are summarized, and two examples of mobile robot platforms for educational purposes are described, with an example of their actual use at the university level. Finally, research challenges for designing the next generation mobile robots for educational purposes are pointed out.