Acroname's experience with autonomous systems over almost a decade, countless customer interactions and innovative technologies led to the development of Garcia. No corners were cut during the robot design as new components were developed when an optimal solution was not readily available. Efforts ranged from designing custom motors, high efficiency motor-driver circuitry, custom wheel molds, panel inserts, metal fabrication and a closed loop motor controller design built on BrainStem technology.
The Garcia design and development included:
- 3D mechanical design
- Printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication
- Embedded firmware development
- Software support (configuration utilities, APIs)
Garcia became a hallmark of university robotics courses. These systems are still in active use today, introducing robotic control systems, motion planning methodologies and environmental mapping to students. Special add-ons and accessories were developed, including a camera boom for CMU and CPU expansion boards. Being based on BrainStem technology, Garcia is remarkably adaptable and extensible as a learning, demonstration and research platform.
The Garcia is no longer actively maintained and a legacy software package is available for existing users. The Garcia software package includes the Garcia reference and software tools. The Garcia software package can be downloaded from the Acroname download page.