Rosbags on RACECAR/J
RACECAR/J

Record and Playback Actions under ROS – RACECAR/J

September 14, 2018 kangalow 1

One of the first things people like to do with their RACECAR is gather data. Using ROS we can record and playback actions. It’s easy! Looky here: Background The usual note here: You should definitely have the book “Programming Robots with ROS, a practical introduction to the Robot Operating System” Read more …

Exploring ROS - RACECAR/J
RACECAR/J

Exploring ROS – RACECAR/J

September 4, 2018 kangalow 6

Exploring ROS is easy using the both the built-in tools and additional GUI based tools. Looky here: This is a little different than most the content on JetsonHacks. Basically we bring up a running ROS system using the MIT RACECAR stack and take a look around. This gives some background Read more …

Teleoperation
RACECAR/J

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
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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

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

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 …

RACECAR/J Software Install
RACECAR/J

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 …

RACECAR/J Chassis
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RACECAR/J Chassis Preparation

November 30, 2017 kangalow 15

This is the first step of building a RACECAR/J. Here we prepare the chassis by removing parts we do not use, and upgrading the springs and bumper. Looky here: Background RACECAR/J is derived from the open source MIT RACECAR, an “open-source powerful platform for robotics research and education”. The first Read more …