Category Archives: ROS

ROS By Example Now Available in Chinese

ROS By Example, the first book published on ROS, is now available in Chinese, thanks to the translation efforts of Juan Rojas, Assistant Professor of Robotics at Sun Yat-sen University, and the sponsorship of Jenssen Chang, Owner of Gaitech International … Continue reading

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RTAB-Map Saves the Kidnapped Robot

One of the more difficult challenges in robotics is the so-called “kidnapped robot problem.”  Imagine you are blindfolded and taken by car to the home of one of your friends but you don’t know which one.  When the blindfold is … Continue reading

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Indigo Version Available for ROS By Example Volume 2

A new revision of ROS By Example Volume 2 is now available for ROS Indigo.  Currently available as a downloadable PDF, paperback coming soon.

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Indigo Version of ROS By Example Volume 1 Available

A new revision of ROS By Example Volume 1 is now available for ROS Indigo.  Available both as a downloadable PDF and in paperback.

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“Scout” Begins NASA Challenge Field Testing

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge is that it takes place outdoors in the real world with variable terrain, lighting conditions and background objects. All we will have ahead of time is a satellite … Continue reading

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Pi Robot Contemplates $1.5 Million NASA Challenge

For the past couple of months, Pi Robot has been working with the Silicon Valley ROS team to design, build, and program a robot to enter in the 2015 NASA SRRC Challenge in June 2015.  This contest is meant to … Continue reading

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Pi Robot Helps SV-ROS Win Navigation Contest

A few weeks ago, Pi Robot and yours truly joined the Silicon Valley ROS Users Group (SV-ROS) to help with the effort (already under way) to prepare for a challenging robot navigation contest held at the end of this year’s IROS Conference in Chicago. … Continue reading

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ROS By Example Volume 2 Released

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, … Continue reading

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First Successful Pick & Place

Hello from Pi Labs, Pi Robot took a big step toward usefulness today as he made his first successful “pick and place” operation, at least in simulation. Pi is using the relatively new ROS package called MoveIt that incorporates sophisticated … Continue reading

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Hydro Version of ROS By Example Available

After several months of editing and checking the sample code for API changes, the ROS Hydro version of ROS By Example is now available.

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