Google + iRobot = AVAndroid
|Image: Reuters, iRobot AVA with Motorola Xoom|
Google + Android + ROS = Cloud Robotics
Developers at Google and Willow Garage announced a new rosjava library that is the first pure-Java implementation of Robot Operating System (ROS). This new library was developed at Google with the goal of enabling advanced Android apps for robotics. The library, tools, and hardware that come with Android devices are well-suited for robotics. Smartphones and tablets are sophisticated computation devices with useful sensors and great user-interaction capabilities. Android devices can also be extended with additional sensor and actuators thanks to the Open Accessory and Android@Home APIs. The new rosjava is currently still under active development (alpha release mode) and there will be changes to the API moving forward. For early adopters, there are Android tutorials to help you send and receive sensor data to a robot.
|Image: Willow Garage, TurtleBot|
The new TurtleBot is a mobile robot base with 3D sensing designed to explore on its own, build 3D pictures, transport objects, and more. TurtleBot comes with the best low-cost hardware components to give you a capable, autonomous platform for developing robot applications. The iRobot Create, Kinect, netbook, and gyro are all integrated together to get the most out of each.
The TurtleBot Complete kit sells for $1199.99 and includes everything you need to get started.