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Is ROS compatible with all robots?

asked 2015-02-03 12:49:19 -0500

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I need to know if ROS can work with all kits? or needs specific requirements? I mean, can I buy any kit and control it by ROS? If yes, is there any needed chip, ports, or connectors? Thanks in advance.

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answered 2015-02-03 13:56:15 -0500

In the abstract, ROS could be compatible with any robot which has a computer interface. However, to be compatible, there needs to be a program (or piece of hardware) which sits between ROS and the robot hardware to translate ROS messages/services, etc into commands that the robot hardware can understand, and vice versa. This is generally called a driver - it subscribes to and advertises ROS topics, and communicates with the robot over USB, serial, EtherCAT, etc.

Many robots already have ROS support. An extensive, though incomplete, list can be found on the ROS Wiki.

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