Rosbags on 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

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 …


RACECAR/J – ROS Teleoperation

August 19, 2018 kangalow 7

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 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 20

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 …

RACECAR/J Software Install

RACECAR/J Software Install

February 5, 2018 kangalow 54

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 …


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 …