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Differences between ROS and Player.

asked 2014-05-10 11:48:14 -0500

rimase gravatar image

Hi guys, I'm just starting to learn robotics and I'm very confused about the conceptual differences between ROS and Player and their uses with simulators like USARSim, Stage and Gazebo. ROS has lots of ready packages that allows controlling a robot. Player runs in a robot and is an interface to sensors and actuators. In this way, they look similar. Why does ROS has a Player package? I mean, can i use ROS directly with USARSim, Stage and Gazebo, without Player? Or can i user Player directly with USARSim, Stage and Gazebo, without ROS? I'd really appreciate if someone could explain that. Thanks in advance, Ricardo

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answered 2014-05-11 19:42:37 -0500

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ROS and Player are both middlewares. Gazebo, Stage, and USARSim are each simulators. I believe you can interact with all three simulators via ROS or Player. And there are bridges between Player and ROS to enable compatibility with hybrid systems which cannot fully convert to one or the other middleware, often due to legacy applications or hardware compatibility. Depending on your applications requirements different combinations are applicable.

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Got it, thanks!

rimase gravatar image rimase  ( 2014-05-12 07:42:24 -0500 )edit

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