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Feasibility of using ROS for commercial products

asked 2015-10-15 08:26:36 -0500

stevej_80 gravatar image

Hello

I have a question about the feasibility of using ROS in (not so big) commercial products. We have developed a working prototype of a mobile robot that needs to run SLAM - we are using gmapping here - and has to drive around based on the inputs from some Infrared sensors, and such. “Sorry if i can’t disclose any more details here.”

now we want to go ahead with commercialising the product but right now we have a couple of computers that run ROS and its packages that we developed in order to properly work the Robot.

My question is do we HAVE TO put a computer (e.g SBC) inside our commercial product in order to use our current ROS based softwares? or is there another way to adopt or cross compile our current ROS based softwares / architecture so it can be put into an embedded board for the production units? Or what is your suggestion about what we can do with our ros based system that we have now for our purpose?

Thank you and regards.

Steve J.

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answered 2015-10-15 10:41:09 -0500

tfoote gravatar image

Putting an SBC onto your robot will be by far the easiest.

There is a community using yocto to create images for different embedded targets. There are instructions for here the title page says hydro but it's also linked to from the indigo install page so should work for indigo too.

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answered 2016-02-17 13:12:03 -0500

spmaniato gravatar image

"We have developed a working prototype of a mobile robot that needs to run SLAM - we are using gmapping here -" I don't think you can use gmapping unfortunately. It's licensed under the Creative Commons (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike). Take a look at slam_karto and hector_slam.

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