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Confused, is ROS needed if all I want is to send motors signals?

asked 2016-01-14 16:28:23 -0600

ADVANCESSSS gravatar image

Confused, is ROS needed if all I want is to send motors signals? Like send 10110 to make a motor turn clockwise. Does my robot/microcontroller come with the code I'll need when I buy a robot?

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answered 2016-01-14 16:47:42 -0600

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No; ROS is not necessary if you just want to write code to communicate with a microcontroller or motor controller.

I don't know if every robot comes with code or not. You should check the manufacturer's description and the documentation for any hardware you're considering to see if it comes with code or not.

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If I can send a motor signals so easy, why can't I receive motor/other signals so easy? As a sensor? Is there any I can buy and use as sensors? I don't want to have to install ROS to get sensory input.

ADVANCESSSS gravatar imageADVANCESSSS ( 2016-01-14 17:25:27 -0600 )edit

Depending on your sensor, you probably don't need ROS to receive the sensor data. Why do you think you do?

ahendrix gravatar imageahendrix ( 2016-01-14 17:42:37 -0600 )edit

Because I'm very desperate to put my AI in a robot that has camera & accelometor & earphones or other sensor/s and I was told I can only get sensors's sensory input by ROS/OpenCV(for camera), so I'm thinking I'm stuck with only vision or maybe "other" types of sensors unless I can get them all.

ADVANCESSSS gravatar imageADVANCESSSS ( 2016-01-14 18:20:16 -0600 )edit

^ ?.......

ADVANCESSSS gravatar imageADVANCESSSS ( 2016-01-15 14:05:29 -0600 )edit

You've been told wrong; ROS is not a requirement for interfacing with sensors. It can make things easier, but it's not required.

ahendrix gravatar imageahendrix ( 2016-01-15 14:44:02 -0600 )edit

So the robot I buy CAN give me the commands I need to get the sensors senses? Ex. "prepare getSound(agr sound moment)"

ADVANCESSSS gravatar imageADVANCESSSS ( 2016-01-15 16:56:30 -0600 )edit

^ Read my last comment - Just making sure your answer is correct.

ADVANCESSSS gravatar imageADVANCESSSS ( 2016-01-16 01:00:03 -0600 )edit

Yes; depending on the robot. Do your research and make sure that whatever you get provides an API that you're comfortable with.

ahendrix gravatar imageahendrix ( 2016-01-16 18:15:58 -0600 )edit

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