Some friends and I are interested in working on a robot. I know little to nothing about robotics, but do have a lot of experience with programming. Before we start, I am hoping that I can find some development kits or libraries that will help aid the goals of the robot. Which are:
- Robot needs to move from point A to point B. While moving, it needs to detect rocks (approx. 1 foot diameter) on ground. It needs to detect rocks that are big enough to stop it, turn away from them, and proceed.
In theory, we will want to detect the kinect's angle via the accelerometers, and use that data to obtain Cartesian coordinates of the ground from the kinect's sensors. Later, we will want a way to assemble a 'map' in the robot's memory so that it can find better paths from A to B.
Right now we aren't concerned with the motors on the robot - only the vision element. Ie, I am not really interested in software that interfaces with the motors of the robot, only only something that interfaces with the kinect.