- 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.
- New ROS book now available.
Volume 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
Table of Contents: Chapters | Details
The First Book on ROS: ROS By
Example (Volume 1)
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.
ally written for ROS Electric, currently available for ROS
Groovy and Hydro:
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.
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.
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
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