September 2013 Archives

Paul Hvass from the ROS Industrial Consortium has the following reminder:

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You will find a number of ROS and ROS-Industrial related events at RoboBusiness:

  • ROS-Industrial Consortium members' meeting: 9:00 a.m. to Noon on October 23 (details below)
  • ROS-I Consortium Panel Discussion: ROS-Industrial will be the topic of a panel discussion during theAgile Manufacturing Workshop. The panel will consist of automation experts from Boeing, Yaskawa, and Southwest Research Institute who will discuss current industry trends and opportunities and how ROS-I can accelerate implementation of next generation industrial solutions -- 2 p.m. on October 23.
  • ROS Matures and Looks Ahead: A presentation by Ryan Gariepy, CTO and Co-Founder of Clearpath Robotics -- 2:45 p.m. on October 24
  • Building Industrial Robots for Dynamic Response: A presentation by Clay Flannigan, Manager of Robotics and Automation Engineering, Southwest Research Institute -- 1:30 p.m. on October 25
  • Marrying ROS to External Software: A presentation by Tully Foote, ROS Platform Manager, Open Source Robotics Foundation -- 2:15 p.m. on October 25
  • SwRI/ROS-Industrial Exhibitor Booth #328: meet in person with SwRI ROS-I experts

ROS-Industrial Consortium

ROS-Industrial is an open-source software framework for next-generation manufacturing automation. Be part of the community: Leverage advanced capabilities from the Robot Operating System (ROS) like mobile manipulation, on-the-fly path planning, collision avoidance, grasp planning, and 3D perception for your industrial robots and peripherals.

The ROS-Industrial Consortium members' meeting will precede RoboBusiness. The Consortium is a membership organization providing cost-shared applied R&D for advanced factory automation. Consortium members drive new capabilities in ROS-I by championing Focused Technical Projects (FTPs) based on their near-term automation requirements. The ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas invites you to become a member and participate from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at RoboBusiness in Santa Clara, CA. Attendees will get the inside scoop on:

  • The progress of ROS-Industrial: MTConnect Bridge, support for new robots, and integration with MoveIt!
  • Consortium activities, financials, membership, and the progress of RIC Europe
  • Consortium roadmap presentation and voting
  • Available FTPs

Registration

Registration is required. Please contact Paul Hvass (paul.hvass@swri.org) for a registration promotional code for early bird pricing of $895 (regardless of registration date) that will alert the event organizers that you plan to attend the Consortium meeting. If you are not currently a Consortium member but are considering membership, please contact us.

We look forward to seeing you there!

PR2 Surrogate

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Crossposted from osrfoundation.org

Recently, David Gossow at Willow Garage integrated the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset into RViz and, based on that, created a package for the PR2 robot called PR2 Surrogate. It lets you teleoperate a PR2 using the Oculus Rift and the Razer Hydra game controllers. We've been working closely with him to make this publicly available and are happy to announce its release into ROS Groovy Galapagos and Hydro Medusa.

The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that gives you a fully immersive 3D experience by combining an extremely wide field of view and low latency head tracking. It is scheduled to be commercially available in 2014, but a developer kit can already be obtained. The Razer Hydra game controllers consist of two paddles you hold in your hands that precisely track their position and orientation in space. In addition, the controllers have the standard joysticks and buttons you find on a gamepad.

From Lukas Bulwahn on ros-users@

Hi everyone,

Since we kicked off the OpenEmbedded Layer meta-ros project in January this year, we have made much progress and are now happy to announce our first release of the OpenEmbedded Layer meta-ros. You can download the first release from https://github.com/bmwcarit/meta-ros/releases, or
follow the installation instructions on the ros wiki at http://wiki.ros.org/hydro/Installation/OpenEmbedded.

The OpenEmbedded Layer meta-ros features
  - a general cross-compilation tool chain for catkin packages,
  - 78 ROS packages, including all ros-comm packages, actionlib, nodelet_core, common_msgs, tf and image_transport,
  - recipes for roscpp_tutorials and common_tutorials as examples for your own tool chain, and
  - all provided packages are Hydro release versions (as set in hydro/release.yaml [4]).

With the OpenEmbedded Layer meta-ros, you can
  - define the cross-compilation tool chain for your ROS packages with just a few lines, and
  - build an embedded Linux system with your ROS application by typing a one-line shell command.

Standing on the shoulders of giants, the OpenEmbedded Layer meta-ros can be incorporated with the tools, board support packages and infrastructure of the OpenEmbedded/Yocto environment. For example, the OpenEmbedded/Yocto environment provides
  - Board support packages for various architectures, boards, devices and emulators [5].
  - The Hob graphical user interface that enables you to build and deploy a custom OS image easily.
  - The Eclipse IDE Plug-in that integrates the application development and its toolchain into the Eclipse IDE.

The OpenEmbedded Layer meta-ros
  - was tested for architectures arm, ppc, x86, x86-64 and on the Beagleboard and on the Trimslice board, and
  - works with the OpenEmbedded-Core development branch, the Angstrom distribution and the Poky-dylan distribution with some minor patches.

Please report problems and issues to our github issue tracker [1], and follow our mailing list [2] or star the github project [3].

Enjoy ROS on your favorite embedded device!


Lukas Bulwahn, BMW Car IT GmbH


References:

[1] https://github.com/bmwcarit/meta-ros/issues
[2] https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/meta-ros
[3] https://github.com/bmwcarit/meta-ros
[4] https://raw.github.com/ros/rosdistro/770d0ac9ac549a255210c0aa83902e2dc0d0e4da/hydro/release.yaml
[5] http://layers.openembedded.org/layerindex/machines/

ROS Hydro Medusa Released!

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Hi Everyone, 

We are happy to announce the release for ROS Hydro Medusa! [0] This is the 7th official release of ROS and thanks to the large growing community it is by far the most capable.  [1]

This is the result of many contributors.  Over 50 maintainers released packages into Hydro during the pre-release cycle.  Resulting in over 700 packages available in the initial release on all three supported platforms (Ubuntu Precise, Ubuntu Quantal, Ubuntu Raring)[2]  However the publicly released packages is a small portion of the greater ROS ecosystem.  The rosdistro repository has 248 public forks where people are working on their own customizations and the repository has already integrated over 1000 pull requests from these contributors.  [3][4]  We expect people to continue releasing new packages to be built on top of the already released hydro packages as they have done for Groovy and other distributions in the past.  

For a quick visualization of the many people committing over the course of the Hydro development cycle we generated a video here:

With Hydro released we can officially start planning for Indigo Igloo which is targeted for release in April 2014.  If you would like to bring up a topic of interest for the Indigo development cycle I suggest you take a look at existing Special Interest Groups(SIG) [5] or start a discussion here on ros-users if you cannot find an appropriate SIG. Indigo will be the first release on the new 12 month cycle as discussed on ROS Users.  [6] 

Also with the release of Hydro and the beginning of looking at Indigo development we officially drop support for ROS Fuerte.  There are several patches which we expect to backport from the Hydro development however in the not to distant future new builds of Fuerte packages will no longer be possible.  

The final release also includes many updated packages.  For the full list please see below.  

Your ROS Hydro Medusa Release Team







Packages Updates:
Packages Added: 
ros-hydro-cmvision : 0.4.1
ros-hydro-declination : 0.0.1
ros-hydro-hector-gazebo : 0.3.0
ros-hydro-hector-gazebo-plugins : 0.3.0
ros-hydro-hector-gazebo-thermal-camera : 0.3.0
ros-hydro-hector-gazebo-worlds : 0.3.0
ros-hydro-hector-models : 0.3.0
ros-hydro-hector-object-tracker : 0.3.0
ros-hydro-hector-sensors-description : 0.3.0
ros-hydro-hector-sensors-gazebo : 0.3.0
ros-hydro-hector-worldmodel : 0.3.0
ros-hydro-hector-worldmodel-geotiff-plugins : 0.3.0
ros-hydro-hector-worldmodel-msgs : 0.3.0
ros-hydro-hector-xacro-tools : 0.3.0
ros-hydro-kobuki-core : 0.5.2
ros-hydro-kobuki-dock-drive : 0.5.2
ros-hydro-kobuki-random-walker : 0.5.2
ros-hydro-media-export : 0.1.0
ros-hydro-mjpeg-server : 1.1.0
ros-hydro-openni2-camera : 0.1.0
ros-hydro-rocon-conductor-graph : 0.5.3
ros-hydro-rqt-cpp-common : 0.3.0
ros-hydro-tf2-web-republisher : 0.2.0
ros-hydro-um6 : 0.0.1
ros-hydro-usb-cam : 0.1.3

Packages Removed: 
ros-hydro-test-rosbag : 1.9.47
ros-hydro-test-rosgraph : 1.9.47
ros-hydro-test-roslaunch : 1.9.47
ros-hydro-test-roslib-comm : 1.9.47
ros-hydro-test-rosmaster : 1.9.47
ros-hydro-test-rosparam : 1.9.47
ros-hydro-test-rospy : 1.9.47
ros-hydro-test-rosservice : 1.9.47

Packages Updated: 
ros-hydro-actionlib : 1.10.2 -> 1.10.3
ros-hydro-calibration : 0.10.0 -> 0.10.2
ros-hydro-calibration-estimation : 0.10.0 -> 0.10.2
ros-hydro-calibration-launch : 0.10.0 -> 0.10.2
ros-hydro-calibration-msgs : 0.10.0 -> 0.10.2
ros-hydro-camera-calibration : 1.11.1 -> 1.11.2
ros-hydro-chatter-concert : 0.5.5 -> 0.5.6
ros-hydro-cmd-vel-mux : 0.3.0 -> 0.4.0
ros-hydro-concert-conductor : 0.5.4 -> 0.5.5
ros-hydro-concert-msgs : 0.6.0 -> 0.6.1
ros-hydro-concert-orchestra : 0.5.4 -> 0.5.5
ros-hydro-create-dashboard : 2.1.0 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-create-description : 2.1.0 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-create-driver : 2.1.0 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-create-gazebo-plugins : 2.1.0 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-create-node : 2.1.0 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-depth-image-proc : 1.11.1 -> 1.11.2
ros-hydro-ecto-image-pipeline : 0.4.12 -> 0.4.13
ros-hydro-ecto-pcl : 0.3.13 -> 0.3.14
ros-hydro-eigen-conversions : 1.10.5 -> 1.10.6
ros-hydro-eigen-utils : 1.0.1 -> 1.0.2
ros-hydro-gateway-msgs : 0.6.0 -> 0.6.1
ros-hydro-gazebo-msgs : 2.3.0 -> 2.3.1
ros-hydro-gazebo-plugins : 2.3.0 -> 2.3.1
ros-hydro-gazebo-ros : 2.3.0 -> 2.3.1
ros-hydro-gazebo-ros-control : 2.3.0 -> 2.3.1
ros-hydro-gazebo-ros-pkgs : 2.3.0 -> 2.3.1
ros-hydro-geometry : 1.10.5 -> 1.10.6
ros-hydro-geometry-experimental : 0.4.5 -> 0.4.7
ros-hydro-image-cb-detector : 0.10.0 -> 0.10.2
ros-hydro-image-pipeline : 1.11.1 -> 1.11.2
ros-hydro-image-proc : 1.11.1 -> 1.11.2
ros-hydro-image-rotate : 1.11.1 -> 1.11.2
ros-hydro-image-view : 1.11.1 -> 1.11.2
ros-hydro-interval-intersection : 0.10.0 -> 0.10.2
ros-hydro-joint-states-settler : 0.10.0 -> 0.10.2
ros-hydro-kdl-conversions : 1.10.5 -> 1.10.6
ros-hydro-kobuki : 0.4.0 -> 0.5.2
ros-hydro-kobuki-auto-docking : 0.4.0 -> 0.5.2
ros-hydro-kobuki-bumper2pc : 0.4.0 -> 0.5.2
ros-hydro-kobuki-controller-tutorial : 0.4.0 -> 0.5.2
ros-hydro-kobuki-dashboard : 0.2.0 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-kobuki-description : 0.4.0 -> 0.5.2
ros-hydro-kobuki-desktop : 0.2.0 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-kobuki-driver : 0.4.0 -> 0.5.2
ros-hydro-kobuki-ftdi : 0.4.0 -> 0.5.2
ros-hydro-kobuki-gazebo : 0.2.0 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-kobuki-gazebo-plugins : 0.2.0 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-kobuki-keyop : 0.4.0 -> 0.5.2
ros-hydro-kobuki-msgs : 0.4.0 -> 0.5.0
ros-hydro-kobuki-node : 0.4.0 -> 0.5.2
ros-hydro-kobuki-qtestsuite : 0.2.0 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-kobuki-safety-controller : 0.4.0 -> 0.5.2
ros-hydro-kobuki-testsuite : 0.4.0 -> 0.5.2
ros-hydro-laser-cb-detector : 0.10.0 -> 0.10.2
ros-hydro-linux-hardware : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-monocam-settler : 0.10.0 -> 0.10.2
ros-hydro-multinav-concert : 0.5.5 -> 0.5.6
ros-hydro-object-recognition-ros : 0.2.2 -> 0.2.3
ros-hydro-object-recognition-transparent-objects : 0.3.17 -> 0.3.18
ros-hydro-oculus-rviz-plugins : 0.0.6 -> 0.0.7
ros-hydro-opencv-candidate : 0.1.8 -> 0.1.9
ros-hydro-openrtm-aist : 3.1.5 -> 1.1.0
ros-hydro-openrtm-aist-python : 3.1.5 -> 1.1.0
ros-hydro-pano-core : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-pano-py : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-pano-ros : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-pcl-conversions : 0.1.4 -> 0.1.5
ros-hydro-pcl-ros : 1.1.4 -> 1.1.5
ros-hydro-perception-pcl : 1.1.4 -> 1.1.5
ros-hydro-realtime-tools : 1.8.1 -> 1.8.2
ros-hydro-redis : 0.5.5 -> 0.6.0
ros-hydro-rocon : 0.5.3 -> 0.6.0
ros-hydro-rocon-app-manager : 0.5.4 -> 0.6.0
ros-hydro-rocon-app-manager-msgs : 0.6.0 -> 0.6.1
ros-hydro-rocon-app-platform : 0.5.4 -> 0.6.0
ros-hydro-rocon-apps : 0.5.4 -> 0.6.0
ros-hydro-rocon-concert : 0.5.4 -> 0.5.5
ros-hydro-rocon-gateway : 0.5.5 -> 0.6.0
ros-hydro-rocon-gateway-graph : 0.5.2 -> 0.5.3
ros-hydro-rocon-gateway-tests : 0.5.5 -> 0.6.0
ros-hydro-rocon-gateway-tutorials : 0.5.5 -> 0.5.6
ros-hydro-rocon-hub : 0.5.5 -> 0.6.0
ros-hydro-rocon-hub-client : 0.5.5 -> 0.6.0
ros-hydro-rocon-msgs : 0.6.0 -> 0.6.1
ros-hydro-rocon-multimaster : 0.5.5 -> 0.6.0
ros-hydro-rocon-rqt-plugins : 0.5.2 -> 0.5.3
ros-hydro-rocon-test : 0.5.5 -> 0.6.0
ros-hydro-rocon-tf-reconstructor : 0.5.4 -> 0.5.5
ros-hydro-rocon-tutorials : 0.5.5 -> 0.5.6
ros-hydro-rocon-unreliable-experiments : 0.5.5 -> 0.6.0
ros-hydro-rocon-utilities : 0.5.5 -> 0.6.0
ros-hydro-rosjava-tools : 0.1.10 -> 0.1.12
ros-hydro-rqt-action : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-bag : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-bag-plugins : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-common-plugins : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-console : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-dep : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-graph : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-image-view : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-launch : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-logger-level : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-moveit : 0.2.16 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-msg : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-nav-view : 0.2.16 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-plot : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-pose-view : 0.2.16 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-publisher : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-py-common : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-py-console : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-reconfigure : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-robot-dashboard : 0.2.16 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-robot-monitor : 0.2.16 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-robot-plugins : 0.2.16 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-robot-steering : 0.2.16 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-runtime-monitor : 0.2.16 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-rviz : 0.2.16 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-service-caller : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-shell : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-srv : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-tf-tree : 0.2.16 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-top : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-topic : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rqt-web : 0.2.17 -> 0.3.0
ros-hydro-rtshell : 3.1.5 -> 1.0.0
ros-hydro-rtsprofile : 3.1.5 -> 1.0.0
ros-hydro-rviz : 1.10.3 -> 1.10.6
ros-hydro-segbot : 0.1.6 -> 0.1.7
ros-hydro-segbot-apps : 0.1.4 -> 0.1.5
ros-hydro-segbot-bringup : 0.1.6 -> 0.1.7
ros-hydro-segbot-description : 0.1.6 -> 0.1.7
ros-hydro-segbot-gazebo : 0.1.4 -> 0.1.5
ros-hydro-segbot-navigation : 0.1.4 -> 0.1.5
ros-hydro-segbot-sensors : 0.1.6 -> 0.1.7
ros-hydro-segbot-simulator : 0.1.4 -> 0.1.5
ros-hydro-settlerlib : 0.10.0 -> 0.10.2
ros-hydro-stage-ros : 1.7.0 -> 1.7.1
ros-hydro-stereo-image-proc : 1.11.1 -> 1.11.2
ros-hydro-tf : 1.10.5 -> 1.10.6
ros-hydro-tf-conversions : 1.10.5 -> 1.10.6
ros-hydro-tf2 : 0.4.5 -> 0.4.7
ros-hydro-tf2-bullet : 0.4.5 -> 0.4.7
ros-hydro-tf2-geometry-msgs : 0.4.5 -> 0.4.7
ros-hydro-tf2-kdl : 0.4.5 -> 0.4.7
ros-hydro-tf2-msgs : 0.4.5 -> 0.4.7
ros-hydro-tf2-py : 0.4.5 -> 0.4.7
ros-hydro-tf2-ros : 0.4.5 -> 0.4.7
ros-hydro-tf2-tools : 0.4.5 -> 0.4.7
ros-hydro-turtle-concert : 0.5.5 -> 0.5.6
ros-hydro-turtle-stroll : 0.5.5 -> 0.5.6
ros-hydro-turtlebot : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-actions : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-apps : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-bringup : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-calibration : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-core-apps : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-create : 2.1.0 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-create-desktop : 2.1.0 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-dashboard : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-description : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-follower : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-gazebo : 2.0.0 -> 2.1.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-interactive-markers : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-msgs : 2.1.0 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-navigation : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-panorama : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-rviz-launchers : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-simulator : 2.0.0 -> 2.1.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-teleop : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-turtlebot-viz : 2.1.1 -> 2.2.0
ros-hydro-velodyne-height-map : 0.4.0 -> 0.4.1
ros-hydro-yocs-controllers : 0.3.0 -> 0.4.0
ros-hydro-yocs-diff-drive-pose-controller : 0.3.0 -> 0.4.0
ros-hydro-yocs-velocity-smoother : 0.3.0 -> 0.4.0
ros-hydro-yujin-ocs : 0.3.0 -> 0.4.0

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