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Open-Source Software Extends Robots' Reach

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Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   6/22/2012 2:55:41 PM
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MrDon, thanks for sharing the Gadget Freak with your students. We work with a couple universities that turn class projects into Gadget Freak entries. Usually it's students working in groups of three or four. Since we pay $500 for each Gadget Freak, there's extra incentive for students to share their work.

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mrdon   6/21/2012 8:48:23 PM
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Hi Rob, Its' amazing how creativity can emerge with the use of these electronic prototyping platforms. I like sharing these Gadget Freak projects with the Capstone Students at the School of Electronics Technology of ITT Tech to help stimulate design product ideas. BTW, I'm the Department Chair!

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Rob Spiegel   6/21/2012 10:36:19 AM
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MrDon, you can look through our Gadget Freaks and find a number of projects that include Arduino tools. The LEGO projects are in the works, but they're coming.

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mrdon   6/20/2012 4:17:02 PM
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Hi Rob, that's awesome about the upcoming Gadget Freak articles. I have a LEGO Mindstorms -Arduino project that allows an Android phone to communicate with the prototyping devices using Bluetooth. I have a few more tests to conduct and then I'll be able to do a writeup for submission.

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Rob Spiegel   6/20/2012 3:52:23 PM
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MrDon, we have more Gadget Freak coming up that use LEGO Mindstorms and Arduino. These tools seems to be this generation's Heath Kits or Erector Sets, only at a much higher technology level.

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mrdon   6/20/2012 3:43:47 PM
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Hi Rob,

Yes, prototyping platforms like I mentioned (LEGO Mindstorms and Arduino) make it very easy for young Makers/Inventors to create really cool projects. I was quite impress with the LED project created by the 15year Maker and the method he used to develop his product. Very innovated young person.

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Rob Spiegel   6/18/2012 3:32:08 PM
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Thanks for this info, Mrdon. I would imagine this would be great fun for some of our younger Gadget Freaks. We're beginning to attract more and more young inventors. the gadget currently up (#216) was put together by a 15 year old.

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Jack Rupert, PE   6/17/2012 2:27:41 PM
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I was wondering about that, Chuck.  I was surprised that open source is being considered since I thought a lot of the robotic technologies would have been proprietary to the robot manufacturers.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   6/11/2012 11:48:32 AM
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Warren, the video is of a very simple demo. From my discussions with sources, I understand that what it shows is pretty darn complex on the software end. ROS is currently being used in surgical robot development. There are several other complex robots using ROS, shown here in a rotating gallery:
http://www.willowgarage.com/pages/software
You also might want to check out the SWRI site on ROS-Industrial for more details
http://www.swri.org/4org/d10/msd/automation/ros-industrial.htm

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Ann R. Thryft   6/11/2012 11:47:09 AM
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Chuck, so far it sounds like "commercial" software is likely to be on the order of drivers/interfaces for a specific company's own robots, such as those Motoman is currently developing. Or did you mean commercial versions of ROS itself?

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