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Enki 2D Physics-based Robot Simulator

Posted 25 Aug 2005 at 15:14 UTC by steve Share This

According to a Freshmeat.net announcement, a new, physics-based 2D robot simulator has been released by the EPFL Laboratory of Intelligent Systems. The simulator, named Enki, currently supports Khepera, S-Bot, and Alice robots. The code, which is currently in Beta release, is written in C++ and includes kinematics, collisions, sensors, and cameras. There is also limited support for friction. How fast is it? Fast enough to simulate multiple robots simulatneously hundreds of times faster than real time on a typical desktop computer. Enki can be integrated with EPFL's Open Evolutionary Framework, TEEM, to act as a simulator for testing swarm algorithms. A discussion forum has been set up for Enki users. Enki was developed by Stephane Magnenat, Markus Waibel, Vincent Porchet, Antoine Beyeler, and Michele Bongiovanni. It is Free Software licensed under the GNU GPL.


Like CRobots?, posted 26 Aug 2005 at 04:58 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

Whatever happened to CRobots? Didn't it used to be included in a lot of UNIXs? That's what this reminds me of. (What about battling tops for that matter!?) Anyway, if it does what I think it does, then it sounds like a cool program.

George Lucas take note..., posted 31 Aug 2005 at 11:57 UTC by dogsbody_d » (Master)

According to the site, the program "is able to simulate cinematics" which is handy for those of us who want our robots to sweep majestically... ;)

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