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POLYRO (oPen sOurce friendLY RObot)

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Step 7: Software

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Now comes the fun part, making your robot do stuff. This can be accomplished using ROS. One of the great things about ROS is it's flexibility. You can use and add to software designed for other robotic platforms, such as (TurtleBot, Pi Robot or Trike). TurtleBot, developed by Willow Garage is similar to POLYRO, minus the AX-12 servos and USB cameras. I suggest installing and running TurtleBot on this platform initially.

Video of TurtleBot can be seen here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOEjL8JDvd0

You can always add drivers for the servos and webcams later (once you begin developing your own nodes, packages, repositories, etc.).

Instead of installing TurtleBot, you can also search the available software on ROS.org and install each driver manually.


 
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