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If you want a relatively cheap but still powerful and flexible setup then also you might want to look at Roboard. We are having a robotics course here at KTH with students building a robot and writing software for a contest from scratch, they start only with a toolbox, aluminium sheets and RoBoard + a webcam + Serializer 3.0 + couple of range finding sensors (IR + Sonar mostly).

Roboard also has a ROS repository and an OK C++ library. Here's the ROS blog post about Roboard http://www.ros.org/news/2010/10/ros-repository-for-roboard-and-humanoids-now-available.html

here's the course wiki with instructions: http://cogvis.nada.kth.se/roboticscourse/wiki/

Hope this helps.

This year we want to switch to ROS, I guess at some point I should send an email to ROS people when it matures..

If you want a relatively cheap but still powerful and flexible setup then also you might want to look at Roboard. We are having a robotics course here at KTH with students building a robot and writing software for a contest from scratch, they start only with a toolbox, aluminium sheets and RoBoard + a webcam + Serializer 3.0 + couple of range finding sensors (IR + Sonar mostly).

The end goal is to have a contest where a simulation of a rescue mission is in place. The robot is in a maze, maps and "rescues" golf balls (victims) in the priority order indicated by a near by barcode from the maze all the while avoiding bombs.

Roboard also has a ROS repository and an OK C++ library. Here's the ROS blog post about Roboard http://www.ros.org/news/2010/10/ros-repository-for-roboard-and-humanoids-now-available.html

here's the course wiki with instructions: http://cogvis.nada.kth.se/roboticscourse/wiki/http://cogvis.nada.kth.se/roboticscourse/wiki/ Here's a student group video with a robot that they've built from scratch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQqyBHkNOvA

Hope this helps.

This year we want to switch to ROS, I guess at some point I should send an email to ROS people when it matures..

If you want a relatively cheap but still powerful and flexible setup then also you might want to look at Roboard. We are having a robotics course here at KTH with students building a robot and writing software for a contest from scratch, they start only with a toolbox, aluminium sheets and wheels + RoBoard + a webcam + Serializer 3.0 + couple of range finding sensors (IR + Sonar mostly).

The end goal is to have a contest where students compete in a simulation of a rescue mission is in place. mission. The robot is in a maze, maps and "rescues" golf balls (victims) in the priority order indicated by a near by barcode from the maze all the while avoiding bombs.

Roboard also has a ROS repository and an OK C++ library. Here's the ROS blog post about Roboard http://www.ros.org/news/2010/10/ros-repository-for-roboard-and-humanoids-now-available.html

here's the course wiki with instructions: http://cogvis.nada.kth.se/roboticscourse/wiki/ Here's a student group video with a robot that they've built from scratch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQqyBHkNOvA

Hope this helps.

This year we want to switch to ROS, I guess at some point I should send an email to ROS people when it matures..

If you want a relatively cheap but still powerful and flexible setup then also you might want to look at Roboard. Roboard. We are having holding a robotics course here at KTH with students building a robot and writing software for a contest from scratch, they start only with a toolbox, aluminium sheets and wheels + RoBoard + a webcam + Serializer 3.0 3.0 + couple of range finding sensors (IR + Sonar mostly).

The end goal is to have a contest where students compete in a simulation of a rescue mission. The robot is in a maze, maps and "rescues" golf balls (victims) in the priority order indicated by a near by barcode from the maze all the while avoiding bombs.

Roboard also has a ROS repository and an OK C++ library. Here's the ROS blog post about Roboard http://www.ros.org/news/2010/10/ros-repository-for-roboard-and-humanoids-now-available.html

here's the course wiki with instructions: http://cogvis.nada.kth.se/roboticscourse/wiki/ Here's a student group video with a robot that they've built from scratch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQqyBHkNOvA

Hope this helps.

This year we want to switch to ROS, I guess at some point I should send an email to ROS people when it matures..

If you want a relatively cheap but still powerful and flexible setup then also you might want to look at Roboard. It is basically a mini-ITX board customized towards robotics needs. We are holding a robotics course here at KTH with students building a robot and writing software for a contest from scratch, they start only with a toolbox, aluminium sheets and wheels + RoBoard + a webcam + Serializer 3.0 + couple of range finding sensors (IR + Sonar mostly).

The end goal is to have a contest where students compete in a simulation of a rescue mission. The robot is in a maze, maps and "rescues" golf balls (victims) in the priority order indicated by a near by barcode from the maze all the while avoiding bombs.

Roboard also has a ROS repository and an OK C++ library. Here's the ROS blog post about Roboard http://www.ros.org/news/2010/10/ros-repository-for-roboard-and-humanoids-now-available.html

here's the course wiki with instructions: http://cogvis.nada.kth.se/roboticscourse/wiki/ Here's a student group video with a robot that they've built from scratch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQqyBHkNOvA

Hope this helps.

This year we want to switch to ROS, I guess at some point I should send an email to ROS people when it matures..