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A set of machine-readable instructions (most often in the form of a computer program) that directs a computer's processor to perform specific operations.

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Programming Robots with JavaScript

As somebody who is spending the majority of his time programming in JavaScript, what's the best route to get into small-robotics without needing to deviate too much from my current language focus? ...
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How mature is real-time programming in robotics? [closed]

Edit: I don't know why, but this question seems to be confusing many people. I am aware of when/where/why/how to use real-time. I am interested in knowing whether people who have a real-time task ...
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What good robotics software platforms / operating systems are available? [closed]

My company will soon be starting a brand new robotics project, and we are still trying to decide whether we should design and code a robotics software platform from scratch, or if there are any good ...
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Standalone (or capable of being) Robotics Simulator

I'm a software engineer who volunteers with a non-profit that introduces young girls to technology. We have recently been talking about methods of introducing these children to the world of robotics, ...
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Correct way to use Subsumption Architecture with Robot C

I've been doing a lot of reading lately about Subsumption Architecture and there are a few different ways people seem to advocate. For instance some people use a global "flag" variable to have a ...
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Can I use digital animation software to define the movements of humanoid robots?

I'm working with a lifesize (~130cm) humanoid robot (Hubo+) and looking for a way to easily program new motions and gestures into him. Obviously, I could write my own tool, but I am looking for a ...
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Including a RaspberryPi within a robot… Does this allow for a “universal API”?

I know this is a broad statement, but when you've got support for both TCP as well as a full fledged computer on board (to integrate/run an arduino), does this essentially allow for anything that ...
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Is there a tool for building and analysing robots (kinematics, control) visually?

I am reading research papers about robotics and many of them follow the same pattern: some construction is established kinematical formulas are read from the mechanical structure the state space is ...
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Can you have a career in robotics if you hate mechanics? [closed]

I'm a first year electronics engineering student. I love almost all the aspects of robotics - the electronics, algorithms, control theory etc. I can't stand the mechanical aspect of robotics though. ...
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How does a robot efficiently store a map it makes?

From what I understand, you can create a map using sensors and storing values in an array. For example, the array can have 0's for places not visited, and 1's for places visited, or 0's for open ...
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Is it possible to use Matlab “system” function to call ROS commands?

Is it possible to use the Matlab's system function to call ROS commands? For example, using ...
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Multiple robots in ROS Gazebo SITL with separate MAVlink/MAVproxy codes

Background: This question is about simulating one ErleCopter and one ErleRover simultaneously for a non-commercial research. I would like to have the quadcopter follow a rover, which in turn is to be ...
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Where to make changes for simulation project Bullet/Gazebo/ROS/Orocos

I am starting to develop robotics project which involves simulation (and maybe real world programs) of soft-body dynamics (for food processing) and clothes/garment handling (for textile industry or ...
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How to get manufactured part from CAD file?

I am working through the book Learning Robotics using Python, which is for Python programmers who want to learn some robotics. Chapter 2 shows you how to use LibreCAD to design the plates and poles ...
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Dealing with position inaccuracy and latency in PID Loop

Background: I am new to PID, for my first PID project I am using a simple P-Loop and 300 degree linear potentiometers for position feedback. I am using the roboclaw 2x60A motor controller. The motor ...
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IPC-Bridge problem

Is anyone able to help me out getting IPC-bridge working on my ubuntu lucid installation (with matlab 2012a)? I'm not being able to finish the last step on here (Compiling the messages folders): https:...
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Wifly Shield Not Connecting

I recently asked a question about the juniper WiFi shield, and am now working with wifly from spark fun. I've been using an updated version of their experimental library, and have been attempting to ...
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Is RobotBASIC outdated? [closed]

I found this website http://robotbasic.org/ and it talks about a language used for programming things related to robotics, and I want to make sure whether or not it's worth investing any time or ...
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Robots without microcontrolers (beam robots). Are they technologically limited?

BEAM robotics seem to be a good approach to teach learners about electronics in robotics. But can these robots be like regular programmed "cognitive" robots? Can these robots, with just analog ...
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Kinect - Libfreenect vs OpenNI+SensorKinect [closed]

What are the pros and cons of each? Which is better maintained? Which allows for more functionality? Which utilizes the hardware more efficiently? Etc.
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Which is best way to calculate inverse kinematics for scara robot?

I am working on scara robot project and I have one big confusion. I am using simple trigonometric way(tan inverse traingl formula) to calculate inverse kinematics . But lot of people suggested me to ...
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Robot safety standards for software

I am looking for possible ISO standards for robot safety specifically for software. I have come across this presentation that mentions many ISO standards and it's not very clear which exactly applies ...
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Software for robot parts interaction modeling

I'm robotic engineer, using OpenSCAD to model robotic components (gears, pulleys, parts, etc). But I need an application to model the physics and interaction of the components (for i.e. how will robot ...
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How do I interface with a drone?

I recently bought a drone(quadcopter). I like how the drone works but now I would like to create an application that will allow me to control the drone remotely from my PC or Phone. How does a ...
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Where to start for the software side of Robotics? [closed]

I am a Computer Science student entering my last year of college. I'm pretty sure Robotics is what I want to eventually be doing based on my interests in AI and embedded systems. I've seen a lot of ...
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How will the currently evaluated computer technology influence robotics and embedded systems in the foreseeable future? [closed]

This is my first question on this site, might be a little subjective :) There is an ongoing process of many cool cyclonic changes of technology in the electronics and software industry. Concurrency ...
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Connecting two microcontrollers using I2C [closed]

I Have an ATmega16 mc which is master on the i2c and a ATMega8 mc which is slave on the i2c. I have connected the two mcs' sda and scl ports to each other alongside a pullup resistor. Now I want to ...
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What flight firmware stack is most common in aerial robotics research environments?

I'm considering Aero-Astro grad school and am looking into acquiring a drone hardware platform to implement GNC/ PNT/ autonomy papers like those I might see from, e.g., the Navigation and Autonomous ...
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idea for web application in robotics [closed]

I am learning and I am interested robotics, but also I need to update my web development skills so the question is - is there any idea for good web application that could be connected with robotics - ...
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What Software Is Used For Autonomy Software Simulation?

I don't have a physical robot but I would like to test the performance of my C++ code for odometry, SLAM, and path planning. Are there any good simulation software where I can test my algorithm ...
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Software libraries for parsing sensor data

What software libraries are there for assisting the general problem of parsing a stream of sensor data? We use various sensors like LIDARs and GPSINS units that provide messages in proprietary binary ...
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May I get this robot arm to be controlled via drawing, not programming?

I got an Omron Viper 850 robot arm with a spindle mounted with a cutter. It is controlled via EV+ programming (EV+ is a programming language used in the ACE Adept Omron software to move the robot). ...
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where can I get openinterface.py?

I am trying to program the create2 irobot using python. there is a script called openinterface.py. where can I download this script?
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Connecting a Raspberry Pi to a roomba via an FTDI cable

I have a Raspberry Pi with this FTDI cable and a Roomba 560. The Roomba has an SCI port to allow for control of the roomba via serial. I installed the PySerial library on the pi and send valid ...
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How do robotics companies track faults in production systems?

Are there any specific tools or practices which robotics companies use in order to keep track of errors in: Sensors/Actuators malfunctioning or returning unexpected results Programming errors or ...
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How do I add an external library to the Rock Framework?

The Rock framework already includes a lot of software libraries. However, I would like to add an existing external library so that I can use it for my component development. What is the preferred way ...
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Workable low-resolution object/target recognition pattern and library?

I've spent quite some time researching this, but most of my Google search results have turned up academic research papers that are interesting but not very practical. I'm working on a target/pattern ...
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Software for designing mechanical systems/robotic parts [closed]

Which software can be used to prototype/design robot parts (mechanical parts, body, gears, etc)> I have some crazy idea I would like to try (quadripedal walking robot, animal-like), but I'd like to ...
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Beginner question about software for calculations

I'm a complete beginner in robotics with background in programming... I started thinking about a robot project yesterday and want to order some motors to test with. I saw the specs for the motors, ...
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What should I use for speech recognition? [closed]

I was wondering, my team and me are working on a robot communication-oriented and we wanted to add speech recognition on it. What technology should I use ?
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How to become proficient in software development for an aspiring roboticist? [closed]

I am a masters student specializing in Robotics. I have a bachelors degree in Mechanical engineering and hence a bit sloppy with programming languages. MATLAB is one thing I am proficient in. But ...
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I need a software that will help me track passage and identify fish in clear water

I am in charge of studying passage of different species of fish (six species) between lakes in Patagonian Andean range. We've been thinking of deploying video cameras underwater, but we'd need ...
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Processor and command interface preference for a robot arm

I want to build a robot arm that'll be approximately 1.25 meter long and will be able to lift up to 2 kilograms. It'll have 6 dof and it is an expensive project. And most importantly, i am the only ...
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How to make a CNC machine from scratch?

I want to make my own CNC machine from scratch because it's cheaper to make than buy a premade one. I noticed that some machines go for tens of thousands of dollars and I cannot understand how they ...
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Joystick Rate Limit Filter For FRC Java Programming [closed]

I am a programmer for my school's FRC robotics team and have received the request from our hardware/driving department to limit the speed at which the robot's motors can accelerate given a joystick ...
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Rainbowduino 3.0 - Arduino IDE fails to upload

OK, not really robotics, but has anyone been able to upload to a Rainboduino v3.0 using the Arduino IDE? I can't seem to figure it out, and there is virutally no documentation online. I followed this ...
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Problem with UKF weights when calculating predicted state

I'm having troubles implementing a UKF during the calculation of $\overline{\mu_t}$, specifically in this step: $$\overline{\mu_t} = \sum_{i=0}^{2n}w_m^{[i]}\chi_t^{*[i]}$$ My problem I'm facing is ...
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Which Trajectory representation for optimization

I'm strugling on that problem for a while, so any help is welcome. I need a trajectory representation that is performant for optimization, i.e. I want something that computes quickly. The function I ...
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Simulation environment for conducting visual servoing experiment

I want to conduct the following experiment: I want to set up a scene with a kuka lwr4+ arm, a 3D model of an object and a camera overlooking them. I want to find the pose of the object using some pose ...
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Should you learn assembly language for robotics?

I ask this since assembly language is really close to the micro-controller hardware, and what micro-controller would you reccomend. The bot has to search for object that I show it before and then I '...