Come learn about ROS, the Robot Operating System. It's like an operating system… for robots!
ROS is an open source, OS-like development framework for making robots do things. You can use it on many robotics platforms, from Lego NXT to the Nao and even Willow Garage's PR2. Of particular interest to Hacklabbers might be the interface with the robots that are piled beside the couch. Most excitingly, there are thousands of ROS nodes and libraries that perform, in some capacity, many of the cool things that robots can do today.
The workshop will be divided into two parts:
I. Conceptual overview: what, how, why?
II. Hands-on workshop: installing ROS and making it do something at least kind of interesting
Anybody is welcome to Part I, but to get something out of Part II you should have:
- An Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 or 11.04 laptop you can install software on;
- Limited Linux sysadmin experience; in particular, shell scripting, basic file system navigation, some awareness of XML config files, managing processes, etc.;
- Something for ROS to talk to (I'll try to cover a few things, like Kinect, basic webcam, Roomba/Create, and Arduino, but if you have something awesome, by all means bring it)
The workshop will be taught by Alaina Hardy, who recently returned from Singularity University. She has extensive experience with robots, including her work on our own Train Overlord, work with autonomous quad-copter drones at SU, and now she's making telepresence robots!
If you're interested in Part I only, no need to get a ticket, just show up at hacklab.
When & Where
Hacklab.to - Eric Boyd
HackLab.TO is a community space with a diverse membership, including artists, computer programmers, web designers, and hardware hackers. It is inspired by the philosophies of the global hackerspaces movement which encourages people to socialize, share knowledge, and work together on their projects. Newcomers are welcome every Tuesday evening at our Tuesday Open House.
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