ROS Update for the week of 7/20/2020
Parody Gadsden flag stolen from Twitter
Maybe we should plan a Short Circuit watch party for the ROS community?
- New Gazebo World from Clearpath
- Kalmann Filter Tutorial in ROS
- New Foxy Packages!
- Canonical on ROS 2
- New Dashing Packages
- AMA on ROS + LTE
- ROS Industrial on ROS2 Scan-N-Plan
Videos / Recorded Talks
- APEX.AI Autoware Lecture 11: LGSVL Simulator
- ROS X PX4 at PX4 Dev Summit
- James Burton on ROS: Jetson+TurtleBot+RPI
- Neave Engineering: New ROS YouTube Channel
- Please Fill out the Solidworks URDF Exporter Survey
- ROSBag Inspection Survey
- CMU Survey on ROS Config Files
Note: if you want to run a survey, drop me a line. I can help promote it and even help you analyze the results.
For the Little Robots
Fun Robot History Story This Week
A fun story this week, a friend sent this Craigslist listing for a “NASA Tank for Sale” to our shared slack group. Which lead another friend to figure out that this thing was part of a Hughes Aircraft Mobot, one of the first commercial mobile robots. One of the two locations where the Mobot was used is in the cleanup of the first US nuclear accidents, the SL-1 reactor, which is a really interesting read (warning: it is fairly morbid). The SL-1 reactor was a prototype Arctic power station went critical while being serviced. There is a great Atomic Energy Commission video on the whole incident on the Internet Archive. The other place the Mobot was used was Jackass Flats, or “Area 25” in Nevada, right next to Yucca Mountain. Anyway, this Mobot is probably still a little bit radioactive so you might not want to buy it.
Got a cool robot history lesson? Feel free to share it below.