Servo Magazine ( January 2017 )

Roll Your Own Turtlebot

By Alan Federman    View In Digital Edition  

Several years ago, I wrote an article showing how to convert an old Roomba vacuum cleaner and a Microsoft Kinect into a robot training platform capable of teaching yourself ROS: the Robot Operating System from Willow Garage. Willow Garage has now closed, and Clearpath Robotics can sell you a complete brand new Turtlebot for about $2,100. What if you could easily build the equivalent of a Turtlebot for under $300? I’m going to show you how simple it is to convert a Neato robotic vacuum cleaner into a fully functional training platform in less than a day.


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