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asked 2011-06-05 21:04:52 -0600

kissandra79 gravatar image

updated 2011-06-06 09:03:20 -0600

Miguel Prada gravatar image

I am in my final semester of my masters program and I have decided to base my thesis on ROS. I would like to do something related to the benefits of using ROS or to enhance ROS itself in someway. Apart from those ideas I would appreciate any other ideas as topics for my thesis as long as they are related to ROS. I have a few other ideas as well, but I am also curious as to what the community might come up with.

I also thought about doing a demonstration of a live robot that makes use of ROS in an interesting and novel way. I have a few potential robot kits that I can do the demo with, but I am not sure if they can be integrated with ROS. And the ones that can be integrated, are out of my budget. Is there a cheap robotic kit that I can use with ROS for my thesis?


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Which budget do you have at your disposal (estimate is fine), and what do you think to achieve with it?
KoenBuys gravatar image KoenBuys  ( 2011-06-06 19:52:40 -0600 )edit

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answered 2011-06-05 22:35:09 -0600

Miguel Prada gravatar image

You should check Tutlebot:

Otherwise, almost any robot should be potentially controllable using ROS. You only need to develop a package that implements a ROS wrapper on top of whichever interface your robot uses.

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I checked it. But it is way too expensive for what I want to do with it. Even the one without the "create" and the laptop is expensive. At the moment I am thinking about the pi bot from pololu robotics but I'm not sure if I can integrate ROS with it.
kissandra79 gravatar image kissandra79  ( 2011-06-06 03:37:42 -0600 )edit
You should be able to devise some bridge from ROS to the pi bot using its arduino compatibility and some wireless link, I guess. I do think it's much more limited, though. Have you considered a naked iRobot Create? It sure has more potential for upgrades, if you later feel like it.
Miguel Prada gravatar image Miguel Prada  ( 2011-06-06 08:58:30 -0600 )edit
Maybe some of the comments in this thread can help:
Miguel Prada gravatar image Miguel Prada  ( 2011-06-06 09:03:58 -0600 )edit

answered 2011-06-07 04:24:29 -0600

Bemfica gravatar image

A useful thesis about ROS could be about embedded systems using it, like you said. You can use the beagle board which can be found for $150,00 at digikey. There is a big community interested on it and a lot of material. There is also a ROS package for the Beagle Board so you can use it and project a little but very powerful robot to, for example, education programs, RoboCup and such like that. Even a basic PLC, why not.

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answered 2011-06-07 03:38:55 -0600

phil0stine gravatar image

If you have an android phone, you could do home/office automation using ROS, like this, or control a simple robot remotely.

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answered 2011-06-06 19:53:33 -0600

KoenBuys gravatar image

You can have a look at Morgan Quigley open arms project, if you have a FabLab in the neighbourhood you can start doing very interesting stuff very low cost.

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