Successful end-of-project demonstration

The project has now concluded with a very successful final demonstration to a number of students and members of staff. First, our “Poomba” robot (the Raspberry Pi Roomba) set out to autonomously explore the environment… [youtube YpxPYJ65MT8] … and then we used the acquired data to map it (using ROS gmapping) [youtube -TVoDgOvWls] So, we … Continue reading “Successful end-of-project demonstration”

Day Fourteen – Project Conclusion

So the project has come to an end… but what have we achieved?   Our final objective was to get the Pi/Roomba/Ros/Laser combination set-up and working, such that the Robot can move around an environment and avoid obstacles. As a further goal, we aimed to also have the robot moving around a room, map it … Continue reading “Day Fourteen – Project Conclusion”

Day Eight – A Few Complications

After the success of last week, the beginning of the second week of the project has brought a major problem to light: The initial plan for this week was to introduce the Asus Xtion Pro Live into the mix, which would incorporate depth and colour information, thus allowing us to more elegantly avoid obstacles and detect people. … Continue reading “Day Eight – A Few Complications”