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[News] [Rival] Linux Rules Robotics, So Microsoft Boasts... Standards?!?!

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Linux Rules Robotics, So Microsoft Boasts... Standards?!?!
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 13:41:41 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Microsoft teams up in Japan to set robotics standards

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| "But I don't think it is very difficult to modify the existing technologies 
| developed with other operating system -- such as Linux -- into a Microsoft 
| version," he said.  


It's like HPC. They get nowhere, but they spend a lot of money. By "standards"
they must be referring to binaries in XML-esque enclosures, /a la/ OOXML.
Open... like a bear trap.


A review of robotics software platforms

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| Today's nascent robotics market has engendered about 10 general purpose 
| software development frameworks, including nine that support Linux. This 
| article surveys seven of them, before wrapping up with an analysis of market 
| trends likely to shape the robotics software landscape of tomorrow.   


First Public Release of CLARAty Software

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| With this release, a total of 44 CLARAty modules (~100K lines of code) are 
| now available under the JPL Open Source License. This release is intended to 
| share with the robotics community some of the core robotic modules which were 
| jointly developed with NASA Ames Research Center, Carnegie Mellon, and 
| University of Minnesota. This first release represents about 10% of all 
| CLARAty modules and 30% of the generic modules planned for future release.     


We, Robots: Open Source Robotics

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| Now Orocos is nothing like, say, the Linux kernel, which after
| some configuration and adding a number of tools, runs on pretty
| much any 32-bit and quite a few 64-bit architectures once would
| care to think of. Indeed, Orocos is likely to use the Linux kernel
| itself via a real-time interface to talk to hardware.


New robot dog runs Linux, thrives on orders

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| The matt-black Bj is a Linux-powered platform intended for investigating 
| robotics and artificial intelligence. As such, it's really a research device, 
| although iXs does offer it for sale.  


Build Your Own Internet-Controlled Robots

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| Linux-based hardware developed at Carnegie Mellon University allows
| for Internet-controlled bots made from off-the-shelf parts.


Whir do you want to go today?

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| San Francisco-based startup HeadThere has apparently dreamt up a
| bizarre robotic contraption called a Giraffe, which looks a lot
| like a motorised hat-stand. At the base, a PC motherboard running
| Ubuntu Linux, batteries, motors and wheels lurk, to allow the
| thing to drive around under its own steam and, presumably,
| work out where it's going.


NASA Expands Order for Innova Robotics & Automation's Universal Robot
Controller to Enhance Ground Testing

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| In addition, Innova will provide an external clock synchronization
| signal to NASA's Linux-based host PC that will function as the
| "heart beat" that triggers the initiation of commands to the robotic arm.


Linux humanoid robot on French TV

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| A Linux-powered humanoid robot has been interviewed on 8-Fi, a
| French television magazine devoted to new technology. 


WowWee introduces RS Media, a do everything robot

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| It runs on Linux, and has a camera on its chest, which we were
| having fun playing around with at CES Unveiled in Vegas. Thankfully,
| it also comes with a remote control so you can move it around without
| being a Java programmer. The RS Media also has a media player, hence
| the name, that supports MP3 (audio) and MPEG 4 (video) playback
| via its integrated sound system. The orange robot can also display
| virtually anything from your PC via its LCD display.


New Battlefield Robots "Listen" for Enemy Fire Use Linux

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| Inside its belly are a wide array of sensors and a GPS locator
| which are controlled using a version of the Linux operating system.


Build Your Own Robot

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| IBM has embraced it, Microsoft is threatened by it, and some companies,
| including RedHat and Novell, have made it their primary focus. It's
| the open-source movement, and now another company, Motley Fool Rule
| Breakers recommendation iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT), is seeking to apply
| the main principle of open source -- allowing users to view and modify
| one's software code -- to its own business.


Linux Robots Rule at Wired NextFest

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| What types of business models are the start-ups pursuing?
| Beyond its hybrid operating environment, Hanson Robotics
| also wants to retain a hybrid mix of open source and
| proprietary technology, according to the company's president.
| As David Hanson sees things, the ideal ratio is 70 percent
| open source, versus 30 percent proprietary.


Mark Tilden's RS Media exclusively available at Debenhams

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| RS media combines Robosapien V2's features with some multimedia
| functionality -  a full colour LCD screen, a USB connector and MP3 and
| MP4 playback. RS Media can display and store data easily from your PC or
| play a song through the speakers in his hands. Using the Personality 
| editor, you can edit all his movements, sound files and video files.  
| You can even assign voice files or choreograph a routine to a favourite 
| dance track.


Linux robots swarm onto lab floor

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| The Khepera III, which runs Linux on an optional ARM-powered
| add-in card, adds floor-roving capabilities, the better to
| support experiments in swarm behavior, K-Team says. 


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