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Chapter 4. Robot Anatomy Class > Communication (Optional)

Communication (Optional)

Although sensors are a way for a robot to listen to its world, there are a number of ways of making the conversation a little less one-sided. These include the following:

Two-Way Wireless

Increasingly, robots are communicating with their world in real time. This is largely thanks to increasingly inexpensive short-range radio technology (such as Wireless Fidelity or WiFi), developed for wireless computer networking. Using such a radio link, a robot can send real-time sensor data, video images, sounds, and more to a local computer (and that computer can send all this to remote locations via the Internet). This opens up all sorts of possibilities for interfacing robots with the rest of the world.


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