ROS on Xubuntu 14.04 - Soft Elastomer Robotics & Emotiv

asked 2014-08-08 06:19:44 -0500

SamHamer gravatar image

updated 2014-08-08 08:18:03 -0500

I orginally installed to make life easier as I am very Linux rusty other than render farms and such like that are normally really easy anyway. It ran but it did not work with important elements of my hardware hence having to find a newer Distrobution. I am on a Lenovo Ideapad Y510P, Intel and Nvidia Graphics, i7 Core. Hence installing Xubuntu, using the Xfe windows manager as per the CAE Linux Distro, thinking this would make more sense. Just installed Salome, which ran but could not find it again to run.

I also tried to install , thinking this will be likely better anyway, but it seemed to have tons of problems with the repositry. I think dependancies out side of repositries my system has reference too, so here I am asking for help. Likewise with OpenFoam. I am rather frustrated I hoped linux and operating systems would have come along a bit more than this by now. In fact technology in general, what prompted me to try and put my science hat on again.

Id like to investigate some novel robotics and A.I, inspired by and Open Source Brain. Having had an interest in A.I as soon as I had the first home computers the ZX81, then Texas Instruments T99-4A, then C64, went on to study Engineering Mechatronics, Software Engineering but ended up in the High End Technology Field of TV, Film and Broadcasting Visual FX, Animation and Post-Production Systems. I even studied some Neurology via the Open University here in the UK and did my own personal research into novel EEG technology way back too.

My interest is within a new paradigm in soft Robotics, Electronics, Soft computing, as in physically soft. Based around dielectric elastomers and if Elastomers can be used to create semiconductors more like Nurons. Thing is I really need more open source intutitive tools, design & testing environment even if to just demonstrate the ideas as my Maths is terrible, I am a really visual person. In the first instance I would like to Experiment in creating a Soft Elastomer Robot virtually, to try and mirror somthing like Open Worm that could be made in the real world and work. Equally say being able to model for the robots A.I. to learn from EEG data rather than direct commands, equally adding stereo cameras, microphones to a headset, if you get my gist. Equally robotic and intelligent clothing, etc, etc.

Any help in all regards would be great, more so if anyone is already working on anything like this as I would love a new job doing..?


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The title and tags indicate that you want to know about installing ros on Xubuntu, but your actual question is about "Soft Elastomer Robot" simulation and modelling "Emotiv", etc... I suggest you update tile and tags to increase chances of meaningful responses.

demmeln gravatar image demmeln  ( 2014-08-08 06:53:58 -0500 )edit

Thanks loads DemmeIn, Hope this Title is Better. The logic behind Ros etc and the Emotiv technology, simulation and modeling is to see if this could be intergrated into a more organic, smart materials approach overall. But using as much existing tech out there as a solid starting point.

SamHamer gravatar image SamHamer  ( 2014-08-08 07:10:11 -0500 )edit