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Robotics
Robotics::Tecan
Robotics::Tecan::Genesis
Robotics::(vendor)::(model)

This is the perl module for controlling laboratory
robotics & peripheral devices in either industrial
laboratory or homebrew environments.  Provides easy-to-use
software interface to the physical robots and allows
programming the robots at a higher level.  Provides
network communication using a client-server for
manufacturers which provide third-party applications to
access the robot; this allows a remote computer running
this module to communicate to the robot's computer running
this module.

* Support for Tecan Genesis is provided.

* Support for other Perl CPAN modules is under discussion,
such as: LEGO Mindstorm, Microchip UBW, etc.

* Support for other devices and manufacturers is open for
discussion or contributon (author is available for funded
work - email to discuss).  

This module requires: 

  Robotics hardware; may require physical connection
  (serial port or USB, etc) from the Perl computer to the
  robot, or may require internet connection.  For network
  communication, this module uses IO::Socket.

  There may be simulation modes available (so hardware is
  not required) however simulation of the robotics is not
  the goal -- getting them physically working is!

NO WARRANTIES:  Author(s) are not responsible for physical
damage to hardware or people!  WATCH OUT.  (All user
applications you write should also include warnings prior
to executing movement as a general guideline.

Namespace note:  The name "Robotics" is used rather than
"Robot" since there are many perl software modules for
internet / web / script automation which are incorrectly
called "robots".  The more correct term for such labelled
software is "user software agent" or simply "agent".

INSTALLATION

To install this module, run the following commands:

	perl Makefile.PL
	make
	make test
	make install

SUPPORT AND DOCUMENTATION

After installing, you can find documentation for this module with the
perldoc command.

    perldoc Robotics

You can also look for information at:

    RT, CPAN's request tracker
        http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/Bugs.html?Dist=Robotics

    AnnoCPAN, Annotated CPAN documentation
        http://annocpan.org/dist/Robotics

    CPAN Ratings
        http://cpanratings.perl.org/d/Robotics

    Search CPAN
        http://search.cpan.org/dist/Robotics/


COPYRIGHT AND LICENCE

Copyright (C) 2009 Jonathan Cline, jcline@ieee.org

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of either: the GNU General Public License as published
by the Free Software Foundation; or the Artistic License.

See http://dev.perl.org/licenses/ for more information.

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