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[News] GNU/Linux is Already a Winner in Robotics

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The Year of the Linux-powered Robots

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| In the very near future, robots will become an indispensable tool that man 
| can’t live without. Just like computers, it will do complicated and 
| challenging tasks thus making things a lot easier for all of us.  
| 
| We all know that majority of personal computers are still running Microsoft 
| Windows operating system and that the year of the Linux desktop is still far 
| from reality. However, many experts believe that in the field of Robotics, 
| it’s going to be a whole different ball game. Soon, Linux-powered robots will 
| dominate the market and will lead the new age of technology.    
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http://www.junauza.com/2009/03/year-of-linux-powered-robots.html


Recent:

Student Roboticists Compete to Create C3PO, Share Their Source Code

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| More than 42,000 high-school students in 1,680 teams from 10 countries are
| competing in the 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition. (Dean Kamen, the man behind
| the Segway scooters and many other inventions, is the founder of FIRST.)
| Twenty thousand mentors have volunteered to assist them. The competition is
| observing open source principles, according to CollabNet...
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http://ostatic.com/blog/student-roboticists-compete-to-create-c3po-share-their-source-code


RobotCub project builds open-source, humanoid robot baby

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| One of the major goals of the iCub project is to make an open-source standard
| for the design of the humanoid robot. If things work out well, you could
| imagine in the future there might be one massive, open-source humanoid robot
| OS that all budding robot-makers will use as a base to build on.
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http://www.neoseeker.com/news/10043-robotcub-project-builds-open-source-humanoid-robot-baby/


5 Awesome Robot Kits to Get You Started with Robotics

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| Every geeks dream is to have a personal robot that can be programmed to
| perform various tasks. If you have seen Tony Stark's robotic assistants in
| the movie Iron Man then you probably know what I mean. But unlike in movies,
| today's robots are not as advanced or still have limited capabilities.
| However, time will come that they will become more sophisticated and more
| useful than they are now.
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http://www.junauza.com/2009/02/5-awesome-robot-kits-to-get-you-started.html


"Storage robot" gains community-built apps

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| Data Robotics has announced a new "Linux Dashboard" and other
| community-developed "DroboApps" for its Linux-based DroboShare
| network-storage device. The company is also shipping a more powerful,
| Firewire-equipped version of the SOHO-targeted Drobo "storage robot," which
| is network-enabled by the DroboShare companion.
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS4902782262.html?kc=rss


The Robot: Hardware List, Wheel Plan, More Ideas, Steps to launch

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| These rough steps sound pretty accurate. Milestones in bold.
|
| 1. Research relevant further reading areas
| 2. Order hardware
| 3. Install Linux on main board
| 4. Install Linux kmods for relevant hardware and make sure all works
| 5. Fine tune Linux install
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http://www.adamsinfo.com/the-robot-hardware-list-wheel-plan-more-ideas/


Robotics tools add Linux support

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| Energid Technologies Corp. announced an upgrade to its robotics software
| platform that adds fast validation features and Linux support.
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS5831985554.html?kc=rss


Laser-guided French robots run Linux

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| A French robotics start-up called Wany Robotics has announced two mobile,
| mini-ITX-based sensor robots that run Linux. Aimed at educational and R&D
| applications, the PeKeeII robots are based on Via C3 or Intel Core 2 Duo
| processors, and offer sensor telemetry, ultrasound, and laser detection.
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS7379620260.html


Robot software shootout -- the sequel!

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| Today's nascent robotics market has engendered nearly two dozen
| general-purpose software development frameworks, nearly all of which run on
| Linux.
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS4496959678.html?kc=rss


Research bots leverage open-source for child-like intelligence

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| For the researchers involved, one crucial characteristic of the new robot is
| that both the hardware and software are open-source and designed for easy
| collaboration. Whether the researchers build better cognitive architectures,
| learning algorithms, sensors or limbs, once their work has been proved on the
| European Commission-funded iCub, it can be shared and used to improve the
| next generation of machines.
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http://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=208808365


Open-Source Baby

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| The RobotCub project was first launched in 2004 to compete with research
| under way in Japan and the United States. What differentiates iCub from its
| competitors is its modular hardware and software and open-source development.
| The modular design allows researchers not only to modify or add new
| components more easily but also to work separately on various aspects of the
| robot; iCub’s head, for instance, was designed at the Instituto Superior
| Técnico, in Lisbon, while its legs were developed at the University of
| Salford, in the United Kingdom. The robot’s open source–based software is
| available to anyone who wishes to download it.
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http://spectrum.ieee.org/jun08/6318


Do Open Source Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?

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| The effort to develop many versions of iCub includes open source access to
| the hardware design for iCub, free and open source software for imbuing iCub
| with skills, an open source version of iCub's underlying software platform,
| and a wiki with documentation.
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http://ostatic.com/163547-blog/do-open-source-robots-dream-of-electric-sheepss


A New Goal for Open Source

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| With the commitment of the AllemaniACs and others from the Fedora community
| the Fedora Robotics SIG was recently founded. It aims to make Fedora fit to
| run on a variety of robots that run (possibly constrained) compatible
| machines and to use Fedora as a development platform for robots. As always in
| Fedora, this is a community effort and all help is greatly appreciated and
| welcomed.
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http://www.press.redhat.com/2008/05/20/a-new-goal-for-open-source/


Related:

Meet Robot El-E

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| The computer runs Ubuntu GNU/Linux and the engineers have written most of the
| software with Python and occasionally C++. They also make use of a variety of  
| open source packages including SciPy, Player/Stage and OpenCV.
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http://www.newsoxy.com/robot-el-e/article10569.htm


Robotics start-up Willow Garage believes open source OS will soon put robots in
our homes

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| The company will release its open source software at the same time.
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http://www.thestandard.com/news/2008/03/15/robotics-start-willow-garage-believes-open-source-os-will-soon-put-robots-our-homes


Personal robots coming, study finds

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| The personal robot market will be worth $15 billion annually by 2015,
| according to an ABI report. Most personal robots shipping today use
| proprietary OSes, although Linux is slowly migrating from the commercial to
| the consumer robot market, according to an ABI analyst.  
|
| [...]
|
| One of the reasons for moving to Linux cited by the contestants was the fact
| that Sony's groundbreaking Aibo, which offered one of the most hackable APIs
| among personal robots, was being discontinued.  
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS5330328149.html


A review of robotics software platforms

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| Today's nascent robotics market has engendered about 10 general purpose
| software development frameworks, including nine that support Linux. This
| article surveys seven of them, before wrapping up with an analysis of market
| trends likely to shape the robotics software landscape of tomorrow.  
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT5739475111.html


First Public Release of CLARAty Software

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| With this release, a total of 44 CLARAty modules (~100K lines of code) are
| now available under the JPL Open Source License. This release is intended to
| share with the robotics community some of the core robotic modules which were
| jointly developed with NASA Ames Research Center, Carnegie Mellon, and
| University of Minnesota. This first release represents about 10% of all
| CLARAty modules and 30% of the generic modules planned for future release.    
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http://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/news/newsStory.cfm?NewsID=69


We, Robots: Open Source Robotics

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| Now Orocos is nothing like, say, the Linux kernel, which after
| some configuration and adding a number of tools, runs on pretty
| much any 32-bit and quite a few 64-bit architectures once would
| care to think of. Indeed, Orocos is likely to use the Linux kernel
| itself via a real-time interface to talk to hardware.
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http://www.tuxdeluxe.org/node/183


New robot dog runs Linux, thrives on orders

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| The matt-black Bj is a Linux-powered platform intended for investigating
| robotics and artificial intelligence. As such, it's really a research device,
| although iXs does offer it for sale.  
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http://www.tech.co.uk/gadgets/future-tech/news/new-robot-dog-runs-linux-thrives-on-orders?articleid=1334414696


Build Your Own Internet-Controlled Robots

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| Linux-based hardware developed at Carnegie Mellon University allows
| for Internet-controlled bots made from off-the-shelf parts.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,131237-c,futuretechnology/article.html


Whir do you want to go today?

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| San Francisco-based startup HeadThere has apparently dreamt up a
| bizarre robotic contraption called a Giraffe, which looks a lot
| like a motorised hat-stand. At the base, a PC motherboard running
| Ubuntu Linux, batteries, motors and wheels lurk, to allow the
| thing to drive around under its own steam and, presumably,
| work out where it's going.
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http://itsneak.itweek.co.uk/2007/03/whir_do_you_wan.html


NASA Expands Order for Innova Robotics & Automation's Universal Robot
Controller to Enhance Ground Testing

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| In addition, Innova will provide an external clock synchronization
| signal to NASA's Linux-based host PC that will function as the
| "heart beat" that triggers the initiation of commands to the robotic arm.
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http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=219764


Linux humanoid robot on French TV

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| A Linux-powered humanoid robot has been interviewed on 8-Fi, a
| French television magazine devoted to new technology.
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS9128800823.html


WowWee introduces RS Media, a do everything robot

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| It runs on Linux, and has a camera on its chest, which we were
| having fun playing around with at CES Unveiled in Vegas. Thankfully,
| it also comes with a remote control so you can move it around without
| being a Java programmer. The RS Media also has a media player, hence
| the name, that supports MP3 (audio) and MPEG 4 (video) playback
| via its integrated sound system. The orange robot can also display
| virtually anything from your PC via its LCD display.
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http://www.gadgetell.com/2007/01/wowwee-introduces-rs-media-a-do-everything-robot/


New Battlefield Robots "Listen" for Enemy Fire Use Linux

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| Inside its belly are a wide array of sensors and a GPS locator
| which are controlled using a version of the Linux operating system.
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http://thetek.net/content/view/39/37/


Linux Robots Rule at Wired NextFest

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| What types of business models are the start-ups pursuing?
| Beyond its hybrid operating environment, Hanson Robotics
| also wants to retain a hybrid mix of open source and
| proprietary technology, according to the company's president.
|
| As David Hanson sees things, the ideal ratio is 70 percent
| open source, versus 30 percent proprietary.
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http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reports/6321/1/


Mark Tilden's RS Media exclusively available at Debenhams

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| RS media combines Robosapien V2's features with some multimedia
| functionality -  a full colour LCD screen, a USB connector and MP3 and
| MP4 playback. RS Media can display and store data easily from your PC or
| play a song through the speakers in his hands. Using the Personality
| editor, you can edit all his movements, sound files and video files.  
| You can even assign voice files or choreograph a routine to a favourite
| dance track.
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http://www.techdigest.tv/2006/09/mark_tildens_rs.html


Linux robots swarm onto lab floor

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| The Khepera III, which runs Linux on an optional ARM-powered
| add-in card, adds floor-roving capabilities, the better to
| support experiments in swarm behavior, K-Team says.
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS7802828105.html


Roboticists to ride wave of power, chip and sensor improvements

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| The Boston area has become a leading robotics hub, with a larger cluster of
| related companies than any other area in the U.S., according to a group of
| panelists assembled for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise
| Forum on Robotics Wednesday night.  
|
| [...]
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| Some robotics companies, like Vecna, are beginning to follow the software
| company model and sell services as well as products. Vecna , for example,  
| customizes and implements the open-source JAUS robotic platform to fit the
| specific needs of customers.  
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http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9795853-7.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=NewsBlog
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