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Open-Source Software Extends Robots' Reach

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warren@fourward.com
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Open-source Robotics Software
warren@fourward.com   6/8/2012 11:46:00 PM
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I watched the video and was a little surprised at the crudeness of the operation, and also with the large time gaps.  I was wondering if this is typical or if it was just a crude demo meant to only show that it could be done.  I am a hardware  guy and certainly don't appreciate the complexities of the software art included in this demo, but can this be further improved by selecting a different level of accuracy and speed, or is this the state of the software now? 

Don't mean to be critical, but I am confused.

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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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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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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.

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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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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   6/20/2012 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 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   6/21/2012 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   6/21/2012 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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