Now here is a different remote control robot. A simple sphere that can be controlled by bluetooth. Video with link to article.
Now if these had any sort of external sensing [seems to have just internal gyroscope and accelerometer], how about a flock [fleet?] of them to be used as remote sensors for other bots? eyes and fingers. At $129 each though, that would get pricey fast.
The robotic car course adds to the previous course, but the previous courses is not a requirement. CS 373 assumes strong programming knowledge, but CS 101 does not need any previous programming background.
I’ve been following the online AI class from Stanford. Included in that was a video with descriptive commentary of the robot that won the DARPA challenge. The video is also on youtube. The ‘trick’ was to overlay very accurate but short range laser sensor data, with much less accurate but long range camera vision, to ‘infer’ what was further ahead than it could see with the lasers.