Dexterous Hand documentation

This is the starting point for the Shadow Dexterous Hand Documentation

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Abbreviations

Abbreviation Meaning
ADC Analogue to Digital Converter. A chip which reads an analogue voltage signal.
ASIC Application Specific Integrated Circuit.
CAN Controller Area Network. A 1Mb peer-peer network for vehicles and robots.
CPU Central Processing Unit. A computer processor which runs software.
CRC Cyclic Redundancy Check. An algorithm (or output of) for checking the correctness of incoming data.
DAC Digital to Analogue Converter. A chip which produces an analogue voltage signal.
EC EtherCAT
EEPROM Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory.
FPID Feed-forward Proportional Integral Derivative controller. An algorithm used to control something on a robot.
GUI Graphical User Interface.
I/O Input / Output
ICD3 In Circuit Debugger 3. A tool used to change the firmware on a PIC microcontroller.
IMU Intertial Measurement Unit. Sensors used to measure acceleration and rotation.
LED Light Emitting Diode. A small coloured light.
LVDS Low Voltage Differential Signal. One of two possible electrical physical layers supported by EtherCAT.
mA milliamps. A unit of electrical current.
MCU Micro Controller Unit. A small, usually embedded, CPU.
MIPS No longer an abbreviation; a word in its own right. A brand of CPU / MCU.
Nm Newton Meters. A unit of torque.
PC Personal Computer.
PCB Printed Circuit Board.
PID Proportional Integral Derivative controller. An algorithm used to control something on a robot.
PST Pressure Sensor Tactile. A simple tactile sensor offered as standard.
PWM Pulse Width Modulation. Digital method used to emulate an analog signal.
ROS Robot Operating System, created by Willow Garage.
SPI Serial Peripheral Interface, allowing an MCU to communicate with an ADC.