As many of you may have seen we’ve been working hard on improving support of ROS on smaller embedded computers during the recent release cycles.As the product of this I’m happy to announce the TurtleBot 2e, an embedded version of the TurtleBot 2.
The TurtleBot 2e is a new revision of the TurtleBot primarily defined by replacing the netbook with a single board computer(SBC)
such as the 96 Boards CE computer, the DB410c.
The other big change is that we’ve added support for the Orbbec Astra depth sensor.
This is important because both the sensors, the Microsoft Kinect and the Asus Xtion, we previously used as standard sensors are now no longer in production. This upgrade is available to all TurtleBot users. There are some known issues If you have trouble with the Astra take a look there. As well as visiting Orbbec’s forums https://3dclub.orbbec3d.com/
We’ve validated the basic demos such as gmapping, following, and joystick teleoperation are functional on the DB410c.
However there may be tuning needed for different SBCs.
Please try things out! And any contributions for improvements to the documentation code etc are always welcome.
So jump in and try it out if you already have a TurtleBot 2 and an SBC.
The more people who are involved the better this will become.