November 16, 2019
New packages for ROS Kinetic Kame 2019-11-15

@tfoote wrote:

We’re happy to announce 12 new and 144 updated packages for Kinetic.

There is one regression of pinocchio due to cmake/pkg-config that’s being actively worked on to be resolved.

Thank you to all the maintainers and contributors who have helped make these packages available!

Details are below.

Package Updates for kinetic

Added Packages [12]:

  • ros-kinetic-cob-gazebo-tools: 0.7.3-1
  • ros-kinetic-cob-hardware-emulation: 0.7.9-1
  • ros-kinetic-leuze-description: 1.0.0-2
  • ros-kinetic-leuze-msgs: 1.0.0-2
  • ros-kinetic-leuze-phidget-driver: 1.0.0-2
  • ros-kinetic-network-autoconfig: 0.1.1-1
  • ros-kinetic-robot-indicator: 0.1.3-1
  • ros-kinetic-robot-systemd: 0.1.2-1
  • ros-kinetic-seed-r7-moveit-config: 0.3.0-1
  • ros-kinetic-seed-r7-ros-controller: 0.3.0-1
  • ros-kinetic-seed-r7-samples: 0.3.0-1
  • ros-kinetic-turtlebot-loadout-kha1: 0.1.0-3

Updated Packages [144]:

Removed Packages [1]:

Thanks to all ROS maintainers who make packages available to the ROS community. The above list of packages was made possible by the work of the following maintainers:

  • AWS RoboMaker
  • Alexander Bubeck
  • Benjamin Maidel
  • Christoph Rösmann
  • Daniel Miller
  • Davide Faconti
  • Felipe Garcia Lopez
  • Felix Messmer
  • Felix Zeltner
  • Florian Weisshardt
  • HXR
  • Jannik Abbenseth
  • Jordy van Appeven
  • Joshua Hampp
  • Justin Carpentier
  • Kevin Hallenbeck
  • Kris Kozak
  • Ludovic Delval
  • Marc Alban
  • Mathias Lüdtke
  • Matthias Gruhler
  • Micho Radovnikovich
  • Nick Rotella
  • P. J. Reed
  • Richard Bormann
  • Rohan Agrawal
  • Scott K Logan
  • Vladimir Ermakov
  • Yasuto Shiigi
  • dfaconti
  • hi.kondo
  • turtlebot

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by @tfoote Tully Foote on November 16, 2019 02:41 AM

November 15, 2019
New packages for ROS 2 Crystal Clemmys 2019-11-15

@nuclearsandwich wrote:

A small update but a worthy one. I also want to remind everyone that Crystal support ends in December. There will probably be one or two more syncs before the final one depending on necessity.

Package Updates for crystal

Added Packages [2]:

  • ros-crystal-px4-msgs: 2.0.1-1
  • ros-crystal-px4-msgs-dbgsym: 2.0.1-1

Updated Packages [0]:

Removed Packages [0]:

Thanks to all ROS maintainers who make packages available to the ROS community. The above list of packages was made possible by the work of the following maintainers:

  • Nuno Marques

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by @nuclearsandwich Steven! Ragnarök on November 15, 2019 12:55 PM

New packages for ROS 2 Dashing Diademata 2019-11-15

@nuclearsandwich wrote:

We have new packages and a good number of updates for ROS 2 Dashing.

Thanks as always to everyone who has contributed to this release. This sync has only updated the Debian packages. A patch release for all platforms will be made with the next sync.

Package Updates for dashing

Added Packages [25]:

  • ros-dashing-ament-download: 0.0.1-1
  • ros-dashing-can-msgs: 2.0.0-1
  • ros-dashing-cross-compile: 0.1.1-1
  • ros-dashing-foonathan-memory-vendor: 0.3.0-1
  • ros-dashing-px4-msgs: 2.0.1-1
  • ros-dashing-rqt-robot-steering: 1.0.0-1
  • ros-dashing-sick-scan2: 0.1.4-1
  • ros-dashing-swri-console-util: 3.0.3-1
  • ros-dashing-swri-dbw-interface: 3.0.3-1
  • ros-dashing-swri-geometry-util: 3.0.3-1
  • ros-dashing-swri-image-util: 3.0.3-1
  • ros-dashing-swri-math-util: 3.0.3-1
  • ros-dashing-swri-opencv-util: 3.0.3-1
  • ros-dashing-swri-prefix-tools: 3.0.3-1
  • ros-dashing-swri-roscpp: 3.0.3-1
  • ros-dashing-swri-route-util: 3.0.3-1
  • ros-dashing-swri-serial-util: 3.0.3-1
  • ros-dashing-swri-system-util: 3.0.3-1
  • ros-dashing-swri-transform-util: 3.0.3-1

Updated Packages [33]:

  • ros-dashing-behaviortree-cpp-v3: 3.0.9-1 -> 3.1.1-1
  • ros-dashing-cloudwatch-logs-common: 1.1.1-0 -> 1.1.2-1
  • ros-dashing-cloudwatch-metrics-common: 1.1.1-0 -> 1.1.2-1
  • ros-dashing-cyclonedds: 0.1.0-1 -> 0.1.0-3
  • ros-dashing-cyclonedds-cmake-module: 0.4.0-1 -> 0.4.1-1
  • ros-dashing-dataflow-lite: 1.1.1-0 -> 1.1.2-1
  • ros-dashing-file-management: 1.1.1-0 -> 1.1.2-1
  • ros-dashing-h264-encoder-core: 2.0.2-1 -> 2.0.3-1
  • ros-dashing-lex-common-msgs: 3.0.0-1 -> 3.1.0-1
  • ros-dashing-lex-node: 3.0.0-1 -> 3.1.0-1
  • ros-dashing-rmw-cyclonedds-cpp: 0.4.0-1 -> 0.4.1-1
  • ros-dashing-ros2action: 0.7.6-1 -> 0.7.7-1
  • ros-dashing-ros2cli: 0.7.6-1 -> 0.7.7-1
  • ros-dashing-ros2component: 0.7.6-1 -> 0.7.7-1
  • ros-dashing-ros2lifecycle: 0.7.6-1 -> 0.7.7-1
  • ros-dashing-ros2msg: 0.7.6-1 -> 0.7.7-1
  • ros-dashing-ros2multicast: 0.7.6-1 -> 0.7.7-1
  • ros-dashing-ros2node: 0.7.6-1 -> 0.7.7-1
  • ros-dashing-ros2param: 0.7.6-1 -> 0.7.7-1
  • ros-dashing-ros2pkg: 0.7.6-1 -> 0.7.7-1
  • ros-dashing-ros2run: 0.7.6-1 -> 0.7.7-1
  • ros-dashing-ros2service: 0.7.6-1 -> 0.7.7-1
  • ros-dashing-ros2srv: 0.7.6-1 -> 0.7.7-1
  • ros-dashing-ros2topic: 0.7.6-1 -> 0.7.7-1

Removed Packages [0]:

Thanks to all ROS maintainers who make packages available to the ROS community. The above list of packages was made possible by the work of the following maintainers:

  • AWS RoboMaker
  • Davide Faconti
  • Dirk Thomas
  • Eclipse Foundation, Inc.
  • Erik Boasson
  • Jacob Perron
  • Mathias Lüdtke
  • Michael Lehning
  • Michel Hidalgo
  • Miguel Company
  • Nuno Marques
  • P. J. Reed
  • Steve Macenski
  • William Woodall

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by @nuclearsandwich Steven! Ragnarök on November 15, 2019 12:46 PM

November 14, 2019
New packages for Melodic 2019-11-14

@clalancette wrote:

We’re happy to announce the next update for ROS Melodic. We have 32 new packages as well as 126 updated packages.

Full details are below.

Package Updates for melodic

Added Packages [32]:

Updated Packages [126]:

Removed Packages [0]:

Thanks to all ROS maintainers who make packages available to the ROS community. The above list of packages was made possible by the work of the following maintainers:

  • AWS RoboMaker
  • Alexander Bubeck
  • Benjamin Maidel
  • Chris Lalancette
  • Christoph Rösmann
  • Daniel Miller
  • Davide Faconti
  • Devon Ash
  • Diego Centelles
  • Felipe Garcia Lopez
  • Felix Messmer
  • Felix Zeltner
  • Florian Weisshardt
  • HXR
  • Jannik Abbenseth
  • Javier Perez
  • Johannes Meyer
  • Jon Binney
  • Joshua Hampp
  • Justin Carpentier
  • Kevin Hallenbeck
  • Marc Hanheide
  • Mario Prats
  • Martin Pecka
  • Mathias Lüdtke
  • Matthias Gruhler
  • Max Schwarz
  • Micho Radovnikovich
  • Nick Hawes
  • P. J. Reed
  • Richard Bormann
  • Rohan Agrawal
  • Scott K Logan
  • Siddhartha Banerjee
  • Vladimir Ermakov
  • Yasuto Shiigi
  • dfaconti

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by @clalancette Chris on November 14, 2019 02:09 PM

Which board/microprocessor should I use? I want to use ROS Kinetic on Ubuntu 16.04, along with packages like move_base, laser_scan_matcher for indoor autonomous navigation

@parzival wrote:

I am confused as to which board will be able to handle the necessary computation to run autonomous navigation for my turtlebot-like-robot.
I want to run Ubuntu 16.04 OS and ROS Kinetic, and need packages like move_base, laser_scan_matcher.
I’ve heard that Raspberry Pi 3 and its Arm Cortex A53 isn’t enough for the purpose.
What are your views?

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by @parzival Jash Mota on November 14, 2019 08:53 AM

November 13, 2019
World MoveIt Day Hackathon - Next Week

@davetcoleman wrote:

Hi ROS Community,

This year’s World MoveIt Day hackathon is fast approaching - see you next Wednesday November 20th. We now have 10 official locations around the world, but you can join in from anywhere!

Full event details

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by @davetcoleman Dave Coleman on November 13, 2019 05:58 PM

ROS Installer Tooling

@LucidOne wrote:

Hello fellow humans and robots,

We have recently been working on a new TurtleBot ISO release and have now finally written enough documentation for an official release of the build toolchain for the installer.

Roll Your Own ISO

ryo-iso [0] is a modern ISO builder that streamlines the process of deploying a complete robot operating system from a yaml config file. It has been tested with Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 and has significant automation for caching and tracking upstream releases.

As an example, the TurtleBot ryo-iso project is being used to generate an ISO installer with Ubuntu 16.04 + ROS Kinetic + drivers + desktop and system enhancements.

Along the way we have developed a few ROS packages, that should be available in the next Kinetic sync, which we would like to highlight for potential collaborators. Melodic support should be done within a few weeks.

Network Autoconfiguration

network_autoconfig [1] provides automatic configuration of the ROS_MASTER_URI, ROS_IP, and ROS_HOSTNAME for most use cases by introspecting the kernel routing tables and network interfaces for the current IP address. This allows mobile robots running on a wireless network to automagically connect to a workstation running ROS. It is designed to support fixed interfaces, Zeroconf, DHCP and/or a VPN.

Caveat emptor: It may also make it easier to access your robot from the internet.

Robot Startup

robot_systemd [2] builds on a broad survey of previous work starting ROS at bootup. This package should work with most robots that have Systemd installed.

For example to run roslaunch turtlebot_bringup minimal.launch at bootup

sudo apt install ros-kinetic-robot-systemd
systemctl --user enable roslaunch@turtlebot_bringup:minimal.launch
systemctl --user start roslaunch@turtlebot_bringup:minimal.launch
# Start at bootup instead of graphical login
sudo loginctl enable-linger $USER

robot_indicator provides an efficient GUI interface for locally starting and stopping services enabled by the robot_systemd package.

Please let me know if you have any feedback!

Thanks,
Bil

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by @LucidOne Bil, hxr.io on November 13, 2019 09:27 AM

November 12, 2019
Your first robot: A beginner’s guide to ROS and Ubuntu Core

@kyrofa wrote:

Hey everyone. Several years ago I created a blog/video series discussing taking a ROS prototype to production using snaps and Ubuntu Core. I got good feedback on that series, but a few folks mentioned that the barrier to entry was a little high as it used the Turtlebot 2, which is by no means cheap. As a result, a while ago I began a blog/video series that uses the CamJam EduKit #3 (the robotics kit) which is incredibly inexpensive. It doesn’t have any particularly useful sensors, but it was still a good platform for hobbyists to learn ROS, snaps, and Ubuntu Core in a five-part series. I got off to a strong start, but due to a few internal issues I was unable to finish the series :cry:… until now :partying_face:.

Please allow me to present the now-completed blog/video series.

The videos have all been collected into the Your first robot: A beginner’s guide to ROS and Ubuntu Core playlist.

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by @kyrofa Kyle Fazzari on November 12, 2019 07:47 PM

Alliance with The Singapore Industrial Automation Association

ROS-Industrial Consortium Asia Pacific signs alliance with Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA)

On the third day of the Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific (ITAP) 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA) , ROS-Industrial Consortium Asia Pacific and the National Robotics R&D Programme Office (NR2PO), The guest-of-honour to witness this event was the Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Singapore, Dr. Koh Poh Koon.

The signing ceremony taking place at ITAP 2019, Sandbox 2 on  24th October 2019.

The signing ceremony taking place at ITAP 2019, Sandbox 2 on 24th October 2019.

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This partnership will enable collaboration between the three organizations to accelerate the adoption of robotics using the Robot Operating System (ROS) in the automation industry and by system integrators in Singapore. ROS-Industrial Consortium will continue to work with organizations and associations to promote open innovation and collaborations, as well as the use of democratic robotics.

by Sheila Devi on November 12, 2019 06:31 AM

[ROS Developers Podcast] #59: AWS RoboMaker With Roger Barga

@RebeccaU wrote:

ROS Developers Podcast #59: AWS RoboMaker With Roger Barga
Podcast Link: https://www.theconstructsim.com/aws-robomaker-with-roger-barga/

Today, we are going to talk with the person behind RoboMaker, the cloud robotics solution from Amazon.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Roger Barga. Roger is an expert in computing clouds. First, by working as Group Program Manager for Microsoft Azure, and now as the General Manager of Amazon Web Services for robotics and autonomous services. He is the leader of AWS RoboMaker, the robotics cloud solution created by Amazon to speed up ROS development.

Related links

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by @RebeccaU Rebecca Ushiroda on November 12, 2019 06:18 AM

November 11, 2019
[LIVE CLASS] Why my Robot Map is not Correct

@RebeccaU wrote:

Why my Robot Map is not Correct
Live Class Link: https://youtu.be/RgQQCDMSbOQ

LIVE DATE & TIME

Scheduled for November 12, 2019 @ 6pm - 7pm CET

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN CLASS #73

In this class, you will learn how to detect common errors that prevent the robot map from working correctly.

Why is it so important to learn this topic?

Many times, we find ourselves in a situation where we need to navigate a mobile robot. It is when the game comes in to make a map with a suitable sensor, could be a camera, point cloud sensor, laser, etc. However, a very common problem is that the correct functioning of these maps, where many times it is not configured well (either the sensor or those transformed between the robot and the sensor), which can produce erroneous readings of our map and make navigation fail. That is why, in this class, you will learn how to detect these common mistakes, and how to solve them.

As usual in our classes, you will learn step by step until you can have a good functioning of the map and how to detect the most common errors when it does not work properly.

We will be using the Summit XL robot.

PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS

HOW TO JOIN THE CLASS

  • FREE event open for everyone, the only thing you may need to do is “set reminder” on our YouTube channel.
  • We will share the full ROSject (containing robot simulation, notebook with instructions and code) with all the attendants at the beginning of the class. Remember to be on time.
  • In Live Classes, you will practice with the instructor at the same time, with the provided free ROS material.

If you missed the class, you can find the ROSject files and full-code used in the class at the Robot Ignite Academy: https://www.robotigniteacademy.com

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by @RebeccaU Rebecca Ushiroda on November 11, 2019 03:44 PM

November 10, 2019
Help wanted: PlotJuggler for ROS2

@facontidavide wrote:

Hi everybody,

With release 2.4.0 of PlotJuggler (freshly baked), all the features I could think of have been finally implemented.

It is time to focus now on the integration with ROS2 and DDS, but I confess I am kind of lost,

Integration with ROS1 is achieved with ros_type_introspection, that is conceptually similar to variant_topic_tools and ros_babel_fish.

I need (we?) to create something similar for ROS2 and the DDS serialization protocol, but I really don’t know where to start.

Is there any ROS2/DDS guru out there willing to contribute and work together with me to build this?

What is needed:

  1. Subscribe to a generic topic similarly to topic_tools::ShapeShifter (is this available in ROS2?)
  2. We need to know the IDL at run-time and from rosbags.
  3. Given the raw blob and the IDL, the deserialization must be done without any code generated header (before I start from scratch, maybe some library might help me do that?)

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by @facontidavide Davide Faconti on November 10, 2019 04:40 PM

November 09, 2019
New ROS Discourse Category: Training and Education

@tfoote wrote:

We’ve created a new training and education category that will be able to consolidate training and education announcements to make them easier for people to discover the many different resources available in the community.

The category is here and you can read it’s description in this thread:

Please direct future announcements of training and education opportunites to this category.

I’m going to also recategorize some of the most recent relevant announcements to help it gain critical momentum as well.

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by @tfoote Tully Foote on November 09, 2019 02:13 AM

November 07, 2019
[ROS Projects - S1E1] Create a robot for a restaurant

@RebeccaU wrote:

This video series is for the people that want to learn ROS doing real-life projects, with real robots … based in ROS! This series will be divided into 4 episodes.

Episode 1: Introduction to the project: You will see what you will learn to do and all the hardware you would need if you wanted to reproduce it.

ROS Project link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-UyentHOwM&feature=youtu.be

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by @RebeccaU Rebecca Ushiroda on November 07, 2019 07:58 PM

ROScon 2019 - materials for presentation.

@hyunseok.yang wrote:

Hi,
It was pleasure to join the conference :slight_smile:

Could anybody share the presentation slides for each tracks?

Thanks.
Have a good day guys.

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by @hyunseok.yang Hyunseok Yang on November 07, 2019 02:30 AM

[ROSject] Of The Week Challenge #1

@RebeccaU wrote:

Hello ROS Developers! And welcome to the ROSject of the Week Challenge, by The Construct.
Level of the Challenge: BEGINNER LEVEL

Within this challenge, you will be presented with a ROS-related problem which needs to be solved… by you!. Below in this notebook you will find detailed instructions that you will need to follow in order to solve the problem.

Between all the ROS Developers that take part in the challenge, the ones that solve it in less time will be rewarded with… hold your breath… a ROS Developer shirt!

ROSject file: https://rds.theconstructsim.com/l/d7d0601/

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by @RebeccaU Rebecca Ushiroda on November 07, 2019 02:29 AM

November 05, 2019
New packages for Melodic 2019-11-05

@clalancette wrote:

We’re happy to announce the next update for ROS Melodic. We have 30 new packages as well as 134 updated packages.

Full details are below.

Package Updates for melodic

Added Packages [30]:

Updated Packages [134]:

Removed Packages [0]:

Thanks to all ROS maintainers who make packages available to the ROS community. The above list of packages was made possible by the work of the following maintainers:

  • Alexander Gutenkunst
  • Alexander Sherikov
  • Atsushi Watanabe
  • Bence Magyar
  • Carlos Aguero
  • Chris Lalancette
  • Daniel Miller
  • Danylo Malyuta
  • Davide Faconti
  • Dirk Thomas
  • Dorian Scholz
  • Geoffrey Biggs
  • Javier Perez
  • Jorge Santos
  • Jose Luis
  • Jose Luis Blanco Claraco
  • Jose-Luis Blanco-Claraco
  • Kei Okada
  • Ken Tossell
  • Mario Prats
  • Markus Bader
  • Martin Günther
  • Max Schwarz
  • Mike Purvis
  • MoveIt Release Team
  • MoveIt Setup Assistant
  • Nikos Koukis
  • Nuno Marques
  • Paul Bovbel
  • Philipp Schillinger
  • Péter Fankhauser
  • Rhys Mainwaring
  • Robert Haschke
  • Scott K Logan
  • Sebastian Pütz
  • Timo Roehling
  • Vladimir Ermakov
  • Vladislav Tananaev
  • William Woodall
  • Yuki Furuta
  • dfaconti

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by @clalancette Chris on November 05, 2019 02:17 PM

November 03, 2019
Open source hardware project announcement: FXIMU, imu sensor board for ROS

@altineller wrote:

Dear ROS users,

I would like to announce the Fximu2 project: Fximu is a IMU board that uses the FXOS8700, FXAS21002 as sensors and an Arm Cortex TM4C123GH6PM as microcontroller.

Here is project page: https://github.com/altineller/fximu2

We have ported ROS’s imu_complementary_filter on to the embedded TM4C123 platform, and created ros software to configure the sensors and complementary filter over ros parameters, so the device could be used by 3rd parties, without requiring firmware update.

Basically, it is a small, easy and cheap to build IMU sensor board, that directly plugs into Usb port.

I needed a Imu sensor for my project, I was not happy with the results I got from different sensor boards I tried, and decided to build my own, based on the above chipset, and the manufacturer claims noise characteristics are 100 times better, after being disappointed by the hardware DMP (digital motion processing) features of few sensor chips I experimented, I decided to use a simpler, and cheaper chipset, and do the filtering myself. In the first version, raw data from sensor was used to feed ros’s imu_complementary filter, which worked quite well, much better than madgwick or dcm algoritms that you can find in imu boards that does the processing on-board. After realizing running the filter on another host causes latency, I decided to port ros’s complentary filter to TM4C123, a microcontroller unit that has a floating point processor.

Gyro, acceletometer, and magnetometer sensors are read at 400hz, and the complementary_filter running on the embedded microcontroller, it publishes standard Imu and MagneticField messages over rosserial.

The device shows up as a virtual serial port, since it encodes itself as a usb hid device, requiring no drivers, or ros software, it will directly publish at ‘imu/data’ and ‘imu/mag’

All parameters from output rate, to sensor config to complementary filter parameters are configurable over ros param, with a yaml file.

It has a calibration mode, and software wrapper, that can take the ros message, and send it to another virtual serial port, by using unix program ‘socat’, so one can use off-the-shelf software for calibration.

I woud like to colloborate with other people on this project. I prototyped the circuit for my own use, but after realizing that it could be useful to other people, I built a full circuit, that is configurable for every need.

I would like to start an open-source hardware project, and keep both the software and hardware open.

I am asking the communities help with this.

Best Regards,
Can Altineller

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by @altineller Can Altineller on November 03, 2019 07:18 PM

November 02, 2019
[LIVE CLASS] Why is my Robot Arm not Moving?

@RebeccaU wrote:

Why is my Robot Arm not Moving?
Live Class Link: https://youtu.be/P7I0n1RPRuk

LIVE DATE & TIME

Scheduled for November 5, 2019 @ 6pm - 7pm CET

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN CLASS #72

In this class, you will learn how to detect common errors that prevent the robot from moving.

Why is it so important to learn this topic?

In many cases, it happens that although we have the robot in the simulation, it cannot produce any type of movement. It cannot even hold firmly, in the case of being robotic arms. This is very common due to errors in the controllers. It is very important to know how to detect them and verify where they originated.

There are various types of controllers. Many of these allow the movement of different joints, or the final effectors, and there are even controllers that allow trajectories. That is why it is important to have knowledge of them and know how they work. Although these errors may seem simple, finding and tracking them can become an arduous task, which any ROS DEVELOPER has dealt with.

PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS

HOW TO JOIN THE CLASS

  • FREE event open for everyone, the only thing you may need to do is “set reminder” on our YouTube channel.
  • We will share the full ROSject (containing robot simulation, notebook with instructions and code) with all the attendants at the beginning of the class. Remember to be on time.
  • In Live Classes, you will practice with the instructor at the same time, with the provided free ROS material.

If you missed the class, you can find the ROSject files and full-code used in the class at the Robot Ignite Academy: https://www.robotigniteacademy.com

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by @RebeccaU Rebecca Ushiroda on November 02, 2019 03:58 AM

October 31, 2019
Devote more of frame to slides in ROSCon videos?

@lucasw wrote:

The slides look to be shrunk down to about half the video resolution and are frequently unreadable. A huge chunk of the frame is blank space. 1080p (or even 4K) may help as well.

roscon_text

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by @lucasw Lucas Walter on October 31, 2019 02:16 PM

ROS-Industrial Asia Pacific at ITAP 2019

The Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific (ITAP) is the regional version of the iconic Hannover Messe, organized by Singex Exhibitions & Deutsche Messe. This event is one of the leading trade events in relation with Industry 4.0.

ITAP was aimed at bringing in key stakeholders and companies to encourage collaboration and deepen the understanding of advanced manufacturing and adoption of Industry 4.0 solutions.

ROS-Industrial Asia Pacific Consortium participated as an exhibitor this year, showcasing diverse demonstrations powered by the capabilities of ROS, and also featured with our consortium members ADLINK & Pepperl+Fuchs. The exhibition was stretched over a course of three days, from the 22nd to the 24th of October, 2019.

ROS-Industrial Asia Pacific Team at ITAP 2019, Day 1, before it’s doors opened to visitors!

ROS-Industrial Asia Pacific Team at ITAP 2019, Day 1, before it’s doors opened to visitors!

One of our teammates Bey Hao Yun had the opportunity to conduct a few sessions hands-on session over the three-day period, which aimed to demonstrate to the audience the simplicity of creating a robotics solution using off-the-shelf open source software modules. His presentation excellently illustrated the entire programming flow in the usage of ROS for such applications.

Bey Hao Yun, from ROS-Industrial Consortium Asia Pacific, during the sandbox workshop.

Bey Hao Yun, from ROS-Industrial Consortium Asia Pacific, during the sandbox workshop.

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Our consortium manager, Erik Unemyr, had also conducted a sandbox presentation on Accelerating Automation & Robotics Solutions with Open Source Software.

Erik presenting at Hall 2 Sandbox during ITAP 2019.

Erik presenting at Hall 2 Sandbox during ITAP 2019.

It was great to see users of ROS as well as people who are interested in learning and adopting ROS solutions come forward with questions for us throughout the entire exhibition.

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A big thank you from the ROS-Industrial Consortium Asia Pacific team and we hope to see you in our future events!

Contributors:

Erik Unemyr

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by Sheila Devi on October 31, 2019 06:10 AM

October 30, 2019
ROSCon 2019 Live Streaming

@tfoote wrote:

We’re looking forward to the start of the main sessions at ROSCon 2019. We’ve had a successful day of workshops. And if you cannot join us here in Macau for the event, we will be streaming the event online so that you can watch.

You can find the live streams on the ROSCon website


Thank you again to our Platinum Sponsor and Gold Sponsors for supporting ROSCon.

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by @tfoote Tully Foote on October 30, 2019 02:23 PM

October 28, 2019
New Packages for Kinetic Kame

@tfoote wrote:

We’re happy to announce 9 new packages and 57 updated packages for Kinetic.

Thank you to all the contributors and maintainers who have helped make these packages available!

Details are below.

Package Updates for kinetic

Added Packages [9]:

Updated Packages [57]:

Removed Packages [0]:

Thanks to all ROS maintainers who make packages available to the ROS community. The above list of packages was made possible by the work of the following maintainers:

  • Atsushi Watanabe
  • Davide Faconti
  • F-ROSROBO
  • Jordy van Appeven
  • Jorge Santos
  • Martin Günther
  • Miquel Massot
  • Nicholas Padilla
  • Nuno Marques
  • Orocos Developers
  • Péter Fankhauser
  • Ruben Smits
  • Scott K Logan
  • Sebastian Pütz
  • Vladimir Ermakov
  • dfaconti

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by @tfoote Tully Foote on October 28, 2019 11:27 PM

First ROS packages on conda / conda-forge!

@wolfv wrote:

Hi all,

after 10 months I can finally announce that the first ~80 ROS Melodic packages are available on conda through the conda-forge channel. I have already talked about my interest in doing this, but now it’s finally “there”!

I have the ROS packages up to ros-core working on conda-forge, for Python 2.7, 3.6 and 3.7.
They are available for OS X and Linux so far. Windows support is hopefully coming soon (with the help of @seanyen-msft who has already done some incredible work to get some low level libs working on conda + Windows).

I hope I can show this to people at ROSCON as a lightning talk :slight_smile:
Many more good reasons on why this should be interesting to the ROS community are listed in this blog post:

Cheers and see you soon in Macau!

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by @wolfv Wolf Vollprecht on October 28, 2019 12:07 PM

October 25, 2019
Updating the VS Code extension for ROS to 0.6.1

@james wrote:

We are excited to introduce another update for the VS Code extension for ROS! In this update, we are fixing the color scheme of the ROS core monitor, configuration of build tasks and the experience of creating debug configurations for the first time (when there is no existing launch.json).

Meantime, we are introducing the launch-debug functionality (you might have seen the ROS: Launch option added in 0.6.0 already) to enable a streamlined debugging experience. The goal is to enable debugging ROS nodes launched from a .launch file just like debugging a single binary.

To get started, create a ros-type debug configuration with a launch request:

Make sure there is a running instance of ROS master:

Launch and debug nodes from a .launch file:

Note:

  1. Debugging functionality provided by vscode-ros has dependencies on VS Code’s C++ and Python extensions, and those have dependencies on the version of VS Code. To ensure everything works as expected, please make sure everything is up-to-date.
  2. To debug a C++ executable, please make sure the binary is built with debug symbols .
  3. To use VS Code’s C++ extension with MSVC on Windows, please make sure the VS Code instance is launched from a Visual Studio command prompt.

For feature requests and bug reports, please post in the ms-iot/vscode-ros repository. Let’s keep this project evolving just like ROS itself =)

For more details about this project and ROS on Windows, please check out http://aka.ms/ros.

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by @james James Xu on October 25, 2019 10:32 PM


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