16 Jun 2003 Timster   » (Master)

Read an "interesting" article on the Inquirer about the

Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. Its a little unclear whether

or not the woman who wrote the article actually likes the

Roomba. Its an interesting concept at least and good to see

a robotic device in the consumer space thats not just a toy.

http://www.roombavac.com/

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=10004

I'm also interested to know what peoples opinions about projects like OROCOS are. It seems that its a noble idea but I wonder about the challenges of coordinating such cutting edge research into a freely available package. I would guess there is a lot of academic and commercial interest in keeping the latest and greatest developments in-house. Is OROCOS the answer for widespread Robot development? Or will it result in an educational tool or a hobbyiests basic development package?

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