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June 2011 Archives
TurtleBot.com has launched! This new site provides access to TurtleBot information and also gives you new ways to access TurtleBot hardware. You can now order parts or assembled kits from several licensed vendors or take advantage of the open-source hardware designs to build your own robot from scratch.
Tully Foote of Willow Garage gave a presentation on "Open Source Robotics for the Home" which covers ROS, TurtleBot, and more. Video of this presentation is now available on fora.tv.
Announcement from Patrick Goebel of Pi Robot to ros-users
I have put together a little ROS package for doing face tracking using the idea described in the first paragraph below. Note that I have not yet added any feature learning as used in the TLD algorithm. Interested parties can check it out on the ROS wiki.
You can also use this package for tracking arbitrary patches of a video
by setting the
auto_face_tracking parameter to
False and selecting the
desired region with the mouse. This does not work as well as face
tracking since face tracking uses the Haar detector to re-acquire the
face if the number of tracked features falls below a prescribed minimum.
Let me know if you find any bugs or can think of improvements.
Debian packages for ROS Diamondback are now available for Ubuntu Natty Narwhal. We have updated the Diamondback installation instructions so that you can now
apt-get install ROS on your new Natty machines. Thanks to all in the community who have helped up upgrade ROS to the latest versions of GCC, Python, and other changes that came with Natty. A special thanks goes to Vincent Rabaud, who did a tremendous effort to get most of the 140+ ROS Diamondback stacks compatible with the latest Ubuntu release.
RenÃ© Ladan has also updated the FreeBSD packages for ROS to the Diamondback versions, so you can now install the
The majority of stacks in ROS Unstable are now also compatible with the Natty release.