Pi Robot

What's New

RBX Volume 2

  • January 2015: ROS Indigo revision of ROS By Example Volume 1 released.  A new revision of ROS By Example Volume 1 is now available for ROS Indigo.  Currently available as a PDF with the paperback coming soon.
  • September 2014: New Pi Robot website launched.  The pages on this site are being gradually migrated to a new Wordpress version that you can find at http://www.pirobot.org/wordpress.  At the moment, only the most recent articles have been converted but the others will follow over time.
  • July 2014: New ROS book now availableVolume 2 of the ROS By Example series is now available on Lulu.com as a downloadable PDF and in paperback.  Topics include task managers like SMACH and behavior trees, creating URDF models, advanced control of Dynamixel servos, head tracking in 3D, arm navigation using MoveIt!, writing a web GUI for your robot using rosbridge, ROS diagnostics, tracking AR tags, and the Gazebo robot simulator.  Includes many open source examples written in Python with detailed line-by-line explanations.

    Table of Contents: Chapters  | Details
September 2013:

The First Book on ROS: ROS By Example (Volume 1)

ROS By Example

The first book on ROS, complete with source code and multiple Python examples involving SLAM, face tracking, depth vision, speech recognition, and working with Dynamixel servos. Available in paperback and downloadable PDF.  Origin ally written for ROS Electric, currently available for ROS Groovy, Hydro and Indigo:

Earlier posts...

Greetings Humans

Pi Kinected

The Pi Robot project began in December 2005. The first couple of years involved testing several different body plans, microcontrollers, sensors, servos and drive motors. The next step was the development of a modular programming frame work for coordinating sensory data and motor commands into autonomous behaviors. Pi's appearance has changed over time but is beginning to converge on the design shown in the photo above.  Pi has also experimented with an omnidirectional vision system (like the one shown below) integrated into his torso just below his neck.

It would also be nice to give Pi a self-balancing wheel base, like that used on the Segway, or an omnidirectional holonomic drive system like the three-wheeled Rovio shown below.

Click the links on the left to see more pictures and videos of Pi and Peppy (both then and now) as well as Rovio. Or sign up for the Pi Robot eLetter mailing list so you can be alerted to new updates to this website.

Cybernetically yours,
Pi Robot