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Submission + - SPAM: RoboSavvy integrated HTC Vive with ROS

ls129 writes: The Vive will revolutionize robotics. Robot localization is critical for any autonomous robot application. This $800 system is comparable to a $150k Ir marker multi-camera system.
We managed to integrate it into ROS allowing the robotics community to now benefit from this technology. While the Vive VR is not yet fully supported on Linux, we only care for lighthouse sensor data which is available and therefore the ROS node runs in native Linux.

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Submission + - Hobbyists develop humanoid robot that runs windows (robosavvy.com)

ls129 writes: "Miniature X86 board run windows XP and interface to several robot platforms
Turns out that when you remove 99% of the stuff that comes with the usual install of XP, you
end up with a decent O/S that can run on lower specs X86 platforms and do real-time processing and
control a walking robot. Free software BartPE is used to create a trimmed down XP installation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BartPE)

Usually developing code for robots involved crippled down CPUs and low level coding.

One major advantage if having XP run your robot is that you
can develop your robot control software on your laptop using the familiar Visual Studio
and any .NET or other supported languages; and transfer the executable to be run on your robot."

Comment Re:Feedback claims dubious (Score 1) 98

I dont think the RCB-1 controler regurgitates the previous position. The servos really do have a signaling protocol that allows the controler to retrieve the current position.
Check out the PDF called "ICS Servo Special Protocol" here: http://robosavvy.com/Support/2
This will be validated experimentally soon.

I know someone who has done a similar project developing interesting gaits that utilize current AND position feedback form the servos. http://www.mundobot.com/projects/melanie/v2/enmela nie2.htm

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