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Can anybody suggest cheap Test Robots like TurtleBots that could be bought and which runs on ROS?

asked 2014-09-18 04:54:01 -0600

ish45 gravatar image

I want to buy a real robot so that I could test out some of my source code and see how it works on a real robot. I wanted to buy TurtleBot but it is very expensive around $2000. Can anybody suggest any cheaper ones??


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You should maybe specify, what your robot should be able to do, which sensors it should have and so on. You could look into kits, that transform your smartphone into a driving robot. Would propably be the best bang for the buck

Rabe gravatar image Rabe  ( 2014-09-18 07:12:07 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-09-18 11:46:07 -0600

Daniel Stonier gravatar image

updated 2014-09-18 11:46:49 -0600

If you're willing to put in a few hours of work in you can very easily build your own turtlebot. Just by a compatible base like the irobot create or the kobuki which has ROS support and then add your cpu/sensors on top. The kobuki especially comes with enough paraphenalia so that you don't need to wire any electronics for a basic turtlebot-like configuration (just plug'n play). This will save you a good chunk of money.

The turtlebot source code can then be a very good reference as to how you can arrange your launchers and robot description to completely ros'ify your robot.

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+1. I doubt you could find anything cheaper than Turtlebot that's completely off-the-shelf, but costs can be reduced based on how much you're willing to rig yourself. It's also a great learning experience for ROS that gives you an understanding of the system and hardware.

paulbovbel gravatar image paulbovbel  ( 2014-09-18 14:54:38 -0600 )edit

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