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[News] Robotics With GNU/Linux and Open Platforms Appearing in the News

  • Subject: [News] Robotics With GNU/Linux and Open Platforms Appearing in the News
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 17:42:58 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Random Robot Roundup

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| While not exactly an embedded processor, the 
| little box can run GNU/Linux and is powered 
| by 12V, making it handy for certain types of 
| robots.


RobuBOX-Kompai Now Open to Outside Development

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| Robosoft out of Bidart, France is releasing 
| the open source software version for its 
| RobuBOX-Kompaà at-home assistance robot. The 
| mobile platform includes navigation and 
| communication capabilities and is now open 
| to tinkering around by developers trying to 
| extend the potential tasks the robot can 
| perform.


Getting robots to do the laundry and the dishes

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| Willow Garage will offer 11 research teams free 
| use of its PR2 robots for two years. The 
| robots, built with an open-source software 
| platform, can be programmed to do many tasks.



Pint-sized robot takes giant strides

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| "We have already built around 20 of them,"
| Professor Caldwell said. "So there are 20
| projects connected with iCub currently
| under way, each of them with around five
| people. People are starting to do useful
| things with the robots and everyone has a
| different interest in what they want the
| robot to do. Because itâs all open source,
| and we exchange our programs, the number of
| lines of code is rising extremely quickly.
| And the code is always made available for
| download.


Android Phone Grows Up, Becomes Brain for Real Robot

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| The bot they recently finished building â
| Truckbot â is still relatively simple. Itâs
| got an HTC G1 phone for a brain, riding on
| top of a chassis with some wheels and
| treads. All it can do is roll around on a
| tabletop, turn and head off in a specified
| direction. When I visit the workshop where
| theyâre building it, Heath and Hickman show
| how it can use the phoneâs compass to make
| itself point to the south. But the duo have
| much more ambitious plans in mind.

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