Robotics Info and Resources for all!

Sorry it's so ugly... I'm just throwing a text file up on the blog to help out a fellow roboticist/blogger (see: Keith's Projects)

RT Linux:
Can be used in conjunction with OROCOS to make a powerful, responsive software stack for a linux based robot.


OROCOS
OROCOS (Open RObot COntrol Software): A set of open source C/C++ libraries for programming [linux based] robots... It looks like you can use these for robot vision... and other complex AI.

URBI
Wikipedia: URBI is a cross-platform software platform used to develop applications for robotics and artificial intelligence. It is based on the URBI Language which is a parallel and event-driven script language with a C++ like syntax.

Phidgets
USB I/O board ; Linux Compatible ; programable in java or C/C++)
http://www.phidgets.com


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Read these Articles!

Bloggers can do the robot!

With the increasing popularity of linux, robotics, and other awesome stuff... I thought I'd point out a few blogs that can really do the robot!

Blogs that DO THE ROBOT:
smart-machines.blogspot.com
bot-thoughts.blogspot.com
gorobotics.net
robots.net
suicidebots.com
uchobby.com
robotics.penyet.net
web.harker.org/robotics
lis.epfl.ch/resources/podcast

Lets get that sense of community rolling!

So... Robot Arms now?

Doing it up: Skywalker style: Dean Kamen (Inventor of the Segway) has made HUGE leaps toward fully operational and very usable prosthetic arms for amputees (see: video). Dean has been quite popular in tech news lately gracing the main pages of the likes of Gizmodo, Boing Boing, Engadget (via boing boing), and Making an appearance at TED to show off his newest invention.

Kind of makes me wonder how he has time to actually do anything, eh?

Anyway, a short trip to wikipedia reveals this guy has done more than build a cute little scooter, and help the army with it's amputee problems. This guy has done a TON of stuff. The man holds at least 83 patents issued between 1996 and present for things ranging from insulin pumps, to little parts/systems he invented for his water purifying engine.

All in all this guy is pretty amazing... I have to admit. Perhaps a role model? if only he embraced open source...

Mixx robotics

I recommend that everyone subscribe to Mixx robotics in their RSS reader (you do use an feed reader don't you?)

Let's get Mixx robotics rollin!
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PS - I am not affiliated with Mixx.com nor do I receive payment for recommending them... I just think it's awsome! I will not, however, try to pretend I am not a mixx user - I am, and I love it. I'm really just sick of digg.

How's your progress report coming along?

So you've begun building a robot... it's even making good progress toward your first... or maybe even the second main goals for the build and spirits are high. Life is good. Unfortunately these projects always seem to take longer than we think they will... but how do you determine how long a project will take?



I think Michael Shimniok, of Bot Thoughts has the right idea (see progress report above). A simple list of taks to complete with a rough estimate on the state of their respective completion is definitely a step in the right direction, but with 10 or 15 more minutes of your time, you could put the data in a spread sheet and have it nicely visualized for you.

If you're wondering if it's really worth it, I'm telling you; the benefits of data visualization are HUGE. Take this image from time magazine for example:

The data itself could be interesting to read over, but the way it' s presented in the image, you can understand and take in the data much, much, much, much faster. A chart of population vs region for the entire US would be daunting (see: US Census Bureau), but the visualization communicates the information effortlessly in less in 5 seconds. Not to mention, it also makes analyzing the data simply delightful!

There's also the fun of slowly working accomplishing the goal and watching your progress as you go along. Which is why I think Michael's Fire Fighting Robot, has got a fighting chance... even though it is his first robot build (The Computer Science background helps too *wink*).

We all know how I feel about it now... so how do you track your progress?

 
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