Have you guys played with these open source robotics development platforms with huge global developer communities. They seem interesting to at least know about. I’ll install and start familiarizing with them today.
- ROS - http://www.ros.org/about-ros/
“Open Source Ubuntu-based Robot Operating System (ROS) and a flexible framework for writing robot software. It is a collection of tools, libraries, and conventions that aim to simplify the task of creating complex and robust robot behavior across a wide variety of robotic platforms.”
- Gazebo - http://gazebosim.org/
“Robot simulation is an essential tool in every roboticist’s toolbox. A well-designed simulator makes it possible to rapidly test algorithms, design robots, and perform regression testing using realistic scenarios. Gazebo offers the ability to accurately and efficiently simulate populations of robots in complex indoor and outdoor environments. At your fingertips is a robust physics engine, high-quality graphics, and convenient programmatic and graphical interfaces. Best of all, Gazebo is free with a vibrant community.”
Here’s a comparison of both http://www.generationrobots.com/blog/en/2015/02/robotic-simulation-scenarios-with-gazebo-and-ros/