RACECAR/J – ROS Teleoperation

August 19, 2018 kangalow 13

After completion of the RACECAR/J robot assembly, ROS software installation and VESC programming, it is time to test teleoperation using a game controller. Looky here: Background In the software installation article, we installed a custom ROS software stack for the MIT RACECAR. There is a special node, joy_teleop, which is Read more …

RealSense 2 for ROS

Intel RealSense Package for ROS on NVIDIA Jetson TX

April 28, 2018 kangalow 11

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 25

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 3

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 Software Install

RACECAR/J Software Install

February 5, 2018 kangalow 62

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. FOCBOX replaced by VESC6 Plus Important Note: Currently the RACECAR/J Kits are shipping with the VESC 6 Plus. There are two installation scripts in 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 3

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 …