OROCOS Version 1.0 Released

Posted 11 Nov 2006 at 01:25 UTC by steve Share This

The Open RObot COntrol System (OROCOS) project reached a milestone today with the release of version 1.0 of their C++ toolkit. The OROCOS project provides three tightly integrated pieces of software. The first piece of software is a realtime control framework. The second is a robot control package consisting of class libraries for control, motion generation, kinematics, dynamics, and other robot-specific algorithms. The third is an application independent framework for inference in Dynamic Bayesian Networks. OROCOS is Free Software licensed under the GNU GPL. If you've been thinking about building a PC-based robot, this would provide a great software base to start from. The full text of their release announcement is included below.

The past year has been a milestone for Orocos. Never in the history of Orocos was so much time and effort invested in inventing an easy to use tool for building control applications. Every one who had a part in this process can be genuinely proud. Gentlemen, start your controllers !

The Orocos development team is proud to announce the first stable release of the Real-Time Toolkit (RTT), a C++ toolkit for building component based, real-time robotics and machine control applications.

A new community website has been created in order to provide Orocos users a forum for collaboration and easier access to information.

The website features also the releases of:

* the 'Kinematics and Dynamics Library' (KDL) for calculating kinematic chains in real-time applications;

* the 'Orocos Components Library' (OCL) which offers components for hardware access (such as vision or force sensors), motion control and component management;

* the 'Bayesian Filtering Library' (BFL) which provides an application independent framework for inference in Dynamic Bayesian Networks.

The Real-Time Toolkit 1.0 allows rapid software component development and prototyping for control applications. Each component comes with built-in XML configuration, a real-time scripting interface, data ports for thread-safe data exchange and a user definable command interface.

The powerful Orocos 'TaskBrowser' component helps developers to run and debug their components, stand-alone or in a network and helps eliminating recompilation steps during development.

OROCOS + Gumstix + Robostix = ?, posted 12 Nov 2006 at 23:23 UTC by tbenedict » (Master)

Has anyone tried this combination? I'd be curious to hear how they make out with it. The Robostix is an AVR-based plug-in board for the Gumstix platform. I haven't played with it, but I'm getting into AVR processors and have been eyeballing the Gumstix + Robostix combination as my first choice for a larger platform. I'm planning on using FreeRTOS on an AVR for two current projects, but I wouldn't mind exploring OROCOS for the Gumstix setup.

Anyone used OROCOS before? I'd play with it now, but I don't have a setup that'd take any sort of advantage of it. Not yet, anyway...


An ORCOS platform, posted 14 Nov 2006 at 15:10 UTC by motters » (Master)

Perhaps TeRK might be able to run it.

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