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What is the meaning of the nine dots?

asked 2014-07-27 23:48:32 -0600

Mehdi. gravatar image

I' am wondering what those nine dots in the ROS logo mean.

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One of those dots has become a question mark now.

McMurdo gravatar image McMurdo  ( 2014-07-28 04:29:41 -0600 )edit

This is just a slightly changed logo for a special use in ROSAnswers, I think that this is pretty obvious...

Mehdi. gravatar image Mehdi.  ( 2014-07-28 04:31:29 -0600 )edit

Is this a karma question?

Moda gravatar image Moda  ( 2014-07-28 07:15:37 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-07-28 18:48:09 -0600

Bill Smart gravatar image

The story that I know is that it's a mounting hole pattern. If you look at the PR2 robot, there are mounting plates on the sides of the "neck" and on the top of the head, where you can bolt on extra hardware. This makes the robot more versatile, since you can add stuff to it. The ROS pattern is meant to be a visualization of these mounting holes, with the implication that ROS is also versatile, and that you can add extra stuff onto it.

Someone from the early Willow Garage days might be able to confirm this or, alternatively, tell me that I'm making things up.

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answered 2015-11-18 14:15:42 -0600

Ajan gravatar image

I "think" :

The nine dots or holes represent pluggability, adaptability, extensibility, versatility etc. etc. Reminds me of array of connections pins/sockets , general PCB holes ( or bread board) , mounting plate holes ( as Bill Smart already have answered) , a tic-tac-toe game board ( artificial intellignece eh?) , pattern lock on phone etc. etc.

In short, you can fill the holes with your imagination , or connect the dots to shape your imagination.. and so on.

I searched to find an explanation in RoS site , but did not find any.

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