RealSense 2 for ROS

Intel RealSense Package for ROS on NVIDIA Jetson TX

April 28, 2018 kangalow 2

Intel provides an open source ROS Package for their RealSense D400 series cameras. Here we install the package on a NVIDIA Jetson TX development kit. Looky here: Background The RealSense D400 cameras are the next generation of the Intel RealSense camera product line. In the video, we install a ROS Read more …

Hokuyo UST-10LX

RACECAR/J – Hokuyo UST-10LX Configuration

February 21, 2018 kangalow 12

In the first part of our Hokuyo UST-10LX installation article, we made a wiring harness and installed the lidar into RACECAR/J. After connecting the Jetson on the RACECAR to an HDMI monitor, keyboard and mouse we are ready to configure the Hokuyo and test it under ROS. Looky here: Hokuyo Read more …

Hokuyo UST-10LX

RACECAR/J – Hokuyo UST-10LX Lidar

February 20, 2018 kangalow 1

Adding a Hokuyo UST-10LX Scanning Range Finder to RACECAR/J is probably the most difficult task in the build to replicate a MIT RACECAR. With a little patience, it’s not too difficult. Looky here: Background One popular approach to vehicle autonomy is to add lidar and use the output to map Read more …

Skydio R1 Jetson Module

Skydio R1 – Jetson TX1 Based Self-Flying Camera

February 14, 2018 kangalow 0

So you’ve been working on your Jetson TX1 project for a while, and need a little inspiration. It turns out that there’s a group of people at Skydio that put together a very impressive product around the Jetson TX1. Here’s a very nice and informative preview video of the Skydio Read more …


RACECAR/J – Programming the Electronic Speed Controller

February 13, 2018 kangalow 39

Before we can run RACECAR/J, we need to program the electronic speed controller, called a VESC, for the motor and steering. Looky here: Background For RACECAR/J, we replace the stock TRAXXAS ESC with Vedder Electronic Speed Controller (VESC) version 4.12 compatible hardware. The major reason for the change is to Read more …

RACECAR/J Software Install

RACECAR/J Software Install

February 5, 2018 kangalow 30

In the previous article in our RACECAR/J Build Series, we finished the initial assembly of the base robot. Now it is time for the Software Install. Looky here: Background In the video, we install the software for the “MIT Hardware Configuration – Version 2.5” of RACECAR/J. This includes support for Read more …

Lex Fridman @ MIT
Deep Learning

Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars

January 31, 2018 kangalow 2

The course MIT 6.S094: Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars is currently in session. Course instructor Dr. Lex Fridman states that “Our goal is to release 1 lecture every other day until all 20 lectures and guest talks are out. It’s important to me to make this course free and open Read more …

Top Platform Deck Installed

RACECAR/J Initial Assembly

January 28, 2018 kangalow 2

In Part One and Part Two of the RACECAR/J Series, we built the chassis and platform decks. Now it’s time to put them together. Looky here: Introduction Building even a simple robot like RACECAR/J usually means several assembly steps. Now that we’ve built the chassis and the platform decks, it’s Read more …
Information 72 Hour Self Driving Car Challenge

January 25, 2018 kangalow 1

Let’s say that you are tired of fiddling around with scale cars and the idea of being confined where your car drives. Break out of that rut with during a long weekend in Brisbane, Australia! In the 72 hour challenge you will build a full size self-driving car Read more …