ROS: robot operating system

I was following mac install instructions

http://wiki.ros.org/jade/Installation/OSX/Homebrew/Source

, but the pip instruction failed. I turned off the anaconda distro I recently installed by commenting out the line in my ~/.profile file

assimp.hpp not found or some stuff

brew info assimp

brew install ros/deps/pyassimp

I give up on mac. It sucks. Using an ubuntu virtual box. Setup is super easy. Mostly just a apt-get

http://wiki.ros.org/ROS/Tutorials

So what is ROS? Well, my impression is that it’s focus is kind of like unix piping. It’s a uniform interface you can use to ram little chunks of programs into one another.

But also the community just has a bunch of robotics programs

rviz

urdf

gazebo

pcl

Check this out http://wiki.ros.org/visp. Depending on how well this works could be pretty cool.

You need to be running roscore in another window for stuff to work

Install instructions here

http://wiki.ros.org/vision_visp?distro=jade

had problems at catkin_make

nope.

Okay the problem I had was that a weirdo python distro had been install doing something else (Goddamn you Moose. What gives you the right?), so I removed it and had to rerun all the workspace creation stuff. Now we’re good

 

 

 

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