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ROS natively on the iRobot Create Command Module

asked 2011-03-27 20:26:28 -0600

hawesie gravatar image


Does anyone know if it's possible to run ROS natively (i.e. cross compiled) on the Command Module for iRobot Create?



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answered 2011-03-27 22:23:39 -0600

mjcarroll gravatar image

There is not a native release of ROS for 8-bit platforms, so a native executable for the command module is not available.

It is highly unlikely that ROS will ever target a platform that constrained, since most of the focus is on higher-level research.

There are several libraries available for communicating with the iRobot from ROS though. You can check out everything available on the Robots for ROS - Roomba Page.

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answered 2011-03-28 05:40:36 -0600

tfoote gravatar image

As @mjcarroll said ROS is not designed to run at the level of 8 bit microcontrollers, communications are abstracted at an IP level which most microcontrollers don't have available.

There are several driver stacks for the iRobot Create icreate, turtlebot, and irobot_create to name a few from a search of indexed ROS repositories.

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