Robots Using ROS Part 4: Robotino, Penn Quadrotors, Washington University's B21r and Videre ERRATICS, Shadow Dextrous Hand

Robots Using ROS

This fourth installment features both aerial and indoor robots, as well research and commercial:

  • Penn Quadrotors: ROS is now being used in robots that fly. ROS communication and modular infrastructure is being used by researchers at Penn to help their aerial robots perform "aggressive" manuevers.
  • Robotino: the Robotino platform, which is distributed Festo Didactic and developed by REC, now has a complete set of ROS drivers, including support for the ROS navigation stack.
  • Shadow Dextrous Hand: Shadow Robot's dextrous hand now comes with ROS software for both real and simulated hardware.
  • Wash U's B21r and ERRATICs: The Media and Machines Lab at Washington University uses ROS to power their iRobot B21r and have shared their drivers with the rest of the iRobot/RWI community. Wash U also uses ROS to power their fleet of Videre ERRATICs and iRobot Creates.

Previously Part I, Part II, Part III:

  • TUM-Rosie: TU München built a Kuka-based mobile manipulation platform to research robots with a high-degree of cognition.
  • CKbots: the Modlab's small, modular robots are too small to run ROS themselves, but they can connect to a ROS system to test algorithms that need a bit more horsepower.
  • Marvin: the autonomous car from Austin Robot Technology and UT Austin competed in the DARPA Urban Challenge and has now been ported to ROS.
  • HERB: the mobile manipulator, based on a Segway RMP200 and Barrett arm, was built to be a "robotic butler" and is used as a collaboration between Intel Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Care-O-bot 3: Fraunhofer IPA's mobile manipulation platform has broad support for ROS. The accompanying open-source repository includes everything from device drivers to simulation in Gazebo.
  • Bosch RTC's robot: Bosch RTC's Segway RMP-based robot has been used to develop new ROS libraries, including an exploration stack.
  • EL-E and Cody: Georgia Tech's Healthcare Robotics Lab has released drivers and has also released code to accompany research papers.
  • Kawada HPR2-V: the JSK Lab at Tokyo University has integrated this omni-directional variant of the HRP-2 with the ROS navigation stack.
  • Prairie Dog: the Correll Lab at Colorado University uses this iRobot Create-based platform for teaching and research.
  • STAIR 1: the Stanford University mobile manipulation research platform that provided the predecessor of the ROS framework.
  • Aldebaran Nao: a small, commercially available humanoid robot that demonstrated the ability of the ROS community (Brown University and University of Freiburg) to come together and develop open source drivers.
  • i-Sobot: an even smaller humanoid robot controlled by the ROS PS3 joystick driver. The developer has been publishing a Japanese-language blog on ROS, helping ROS reach new audiences.
  • Junior: Stanford Racing's autonomous car that finished a close second in the DARPA Urban Challenge. Junior's main software framework is IPC, but ROS's modular libraries have made it easy to integrate ROS-based perception libraries into their obstacle classification system.