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Open-Source Software Extends Robots' Reach
6/8/2012

A new foundation supports the development of open-source robotics software that will bring more sophisticated abilities like motion planning to industrial robots, such as the 15-axis, two-armed SDA10D from Yaskawa Motoman Robotics.   (Source: Yaskawa Motoman Robotics)
A new foundation supports the development of open-source robotics software that will bring more sophisticated abilities like motion planning to industrial robots, such as the 15-axis, two-armed SDA10D from Yaskawa Motoman Robotics.
(Source: Yaskawa Motoman Robotics)

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Beth Stackpole
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Open source to the rescue
Beth Stackpole   6/8/2012 7:23:50 AM
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Okay, maybe that's a bit hyperbolic, but open source has a great track record fostering  innovation around emerging technologies and encouraging the participation and co-development that's essential to building a market and propeling it forward. 3D printing is a great example. While there's been plenty of innovation on the private industry front, projects like RepRap were instrumental in breaking 3D printing out of its niche and putting it on the frontlines of innovation, not to mention, serving as a stepping stone for a lot of smaller innovators to get involved.

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Open Source Movement solves tech problems
mrdon   6/8/2012 10:45:39 AM
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Beth your right on target. The Open Source movement has turned into a Megatech industry. With software being the enabling Gate to New Product Developmemt, hardware has picked up momentum as well(Open Source Hardware [OSH]foundation). The ROS is good example of how collaboration between Universities and Tech Industries can produced cost effective solutions to solve challenging problems like Motion Planning.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Open Source Movement solves tech problems
Rob Spiegel   6/8/2012 11:50:05 AM
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This is a great idea. Open source software makes a lot of sense for robotics. But I didn't realize there was such a thing as open source hardware. Is it catching on?

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Open source to the rescue
Ann R. Thryft   6/8/2012 11:52:03 AM
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One thing that's interesting to me about this development is hearing about all the applications that industrial robot makers could start helping their robots accomplish, such as finely dexterous movements taken from surgical robot programming, or motion planning for unknown environments. That "pipeline from the lab to the factory" is a good image for how the open source process can work at its best.

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mrdon   6/8/2012 1:46:23 PM
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HI Rob,

The Open Source Hardware (OSHW) movement is quite big today. Companies like Arduino (yes the company name is their product), Adafruit and Sparkfun Electronics are pioneers in providing all source code, BOMs and gerber files for anyone to manufacture their designs and products. Of course, they sell kits for individuals who just want to build some really cool gadgets. Here's 3 links explaining additional information about OSHW.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_hardware

http://summit.oshwa.org/

http://freedomdefined.org/OSHW

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Open Source Movement solves tech problems
Rob Spiegel   6/8/2012 2:04:33 PM
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Thanks, MrDon, this is really helpful. I knew there were some things going on with Sparkfun, but I hadn't thought of it in terms of open source hardware. This is very encouraging. Does this tend to attract young inventors?

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Open Source Movement solves tech problems
Ann R. Thryft   6/8/2012 2:09:24 PM
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mrdon, thanks for the links. I knew about open source hardware, but not how much it's progressed.

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mrdon   6/8/2012 2:17:43 PM
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Hi  Ann,

Your quite welcome. I find the OSHW quite fascinating and I believe it's a viable solution to helping our economy.

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mrdon   6/8/2012 2:28:49 PM
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Hi Rob,

Your quite welcome. Yes its great for stimulating creativity for young inventors. The free software tools like CADSoft Eagle makes it easy for creating circuit schematic diagrams and PCBs. Adafruit and Sparkfun provide tutorials and new library components for today's active and passive semiconductor parts. I'm currently using this software to develop kits for Jameco Electronics. Today it's really cool to be into OSHW. Checkout the link for CADSoft Eagle.

www.cadsoftusa.com/

Charles Murray
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Open source path
Charles Murray   6/8/2012 5:23:08 PM
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I wonder if open source for robotics will follow a path similar to that of Linux in the embedded world. Linux had tremendous appeal for many developers, and because it often turned out to be more difficult than it looked, a group of commercial versions of embedded Linux sprang up around it. Could we expect to see the same here?

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