Turtlebot Personal Robot

TurtleBot – [willowgarage.com]

TurtleBot comes with the best low-cost hardware components to give you a capable, autonomous platform for developing robot applications. The iRobot Create, Kinect, netbook, and gyro are all integrated together to get the most out of each.

Multiple mounting locations let you customize TurtleBot to your own needs.

Introducing TurtleBot – [youtube.com]

Hardware
With TurtleBot, you’ll be able to build a robot that can drive around your house, see in 3D, and have enough horsepower to create exciting applications. The main hardware includes:

* iRobot Create: mobile base that has been an effective platform for robotics in education.
* Microsoft Kinect: camera and 3D sensor in one package.
* Asus Eee PC 1215N dual-core Atom notebook: powerful enough to handle the demands of 3D data.
* Low-cost gyro: enhances the TurtleBot’s ability to navigate around the home.

If you’re tired of wiring and soldering to get your robot up and running, don’t worry — the TurtleBot assembles quickly with just a single screwdriver included in the kit.

Software
The TurtleBot comes with an open-source, ROS-based TurtleBot SDK that lets you get the most of the hardware. The TurtleBot SDK integrates the hardware drivers with developer tools and high-level capabilities like autonomous navigation. You’ll be able to develop apps from day one that build on powerful computer vision libraries like OpenCV and PCL. You’ll also be able to access the thousands of libraries that the ROS community has built and share your code with the rest of the TurtleBot community.

With TurtleBot, we are adding a new dimension of possibilities to your Kinect hacking: the ability to drive. TurtleBot can explore your house on its own, build 3D pictures, take panoramas, and more. Checkout the results of our ROS 3D Contest to see some of the exciting possibilities for the Kinect in robotics.

Willow Garage introduces affordable, programmable robot – TurtleBot – [physorg.com]

Willow Garage, the Menlo Park, California-based consortium of robotics experts, founded by Scott Hassan in 2006 to create or develop hardware and open source software for the advancement of robotics, has announced the release of TurtleBot; a small home use robot for either amusement/entertainment purposes, or for those inclined, to build open source applications to add to the functionality of the new robot.

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