Announcing MORSE 1.0

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Dear ROS community,

After 4 years of worldwide development by over 20 people in 10 different labs, we are extremely excited to announce the immediate availability of MORSE-1.0, a novel versatile simulator for academic robotics, with full ROS support.

Amongst the prominent features:

  * Versatile 3D simulator for mobile robots simulation (single or multi robots),

  * Realistic ('modern' OpenGL) and dynamic environments (interaction with other agents like humans or objects),

  * Based on well known and widely adopted open source projects (Blender for real-time 3D rendering, Bullet for physics simulation, dedicated robotic middlewares for communications),

  * Command-line oriented (with optional scene editing in Blender), entirely scriptable in Python,

  * Adaptable to various level of simulation abstraction (e.g. simulate cameras as video-streams, depth-streams or semantic maps depending on your needs),

  * > 20 classes of sensors (including depth sensors, cameras, IMU, laser scanners...), > 15 classes of actuators (including kinematic chains, quadrirotor control, force control...) are available. Detailed documentation explain how to add new ones (in C or Python),

  * Currently supports ROS, YARP, MOOS and Pocolibs + direct socket interface

  * Extensive documentation, available here:

And as a collaborative academic project, the source code is available under a permissive BSD license. Grab your copy from !

Last but not least, Michael and Pierrick will be present at ROSCon in May to present the project. Feel free to pop-up to meet the team!

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