ROS + Arduino + CS373 +Other open source stuff

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  • I am interested in applying what I am learning in udacity cs373 into building a small autonomous go-cart. I am starting from scratch so there will be electronics, programming, using linux and other open source software, as well as fabrication.

    It's a fairly long and involving project. At the minimum it will involve, Learning how to setup and program ROS with arduino.

    Design peripheral sensor/control pcb using KiCAD.

    Fabrication the pcb using either acid etching or cnc milling.

    Designing the cart chassis using open source CAD, ie libreCAD or freeCAD or ???

    Building the fixture and welding the go cart chassis

    . . . . big section on the go cart mechanical & control . . . .

    . . . an even bigger section on automating the go cart . . . .

    Anyway, that's the plan and most plans usually don't work. For start, I am interested in interfacing ROS with a small arduino with wheels, something simple that can be fabricated using a laser cutter,  that will go around in a circular track mimicking cs373's unit 1 localization exercise. From ROS, I would like to be able to command arduino movement, read the sensor(s) on arduino and plot the probability histogram.

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  • Ken

    I realize 99% of the ppl here are in LA...but Im in Ventura. Any chance we can do one of these meetups a little further north? Maybe Santa Monica or something near the 405/101?

    February 23, 2014

    • John Konrad G.

      A good size group interested in Computer Vision has been meeting at the SBEC office which is not far from a freeway, but still south of Santa Monica. I'm open to other locations, but we have a good thing going in Torrance at the moment.­

      February 24, 2014

  • vivian

    would be nice if on Saturday

    February 1, 2013

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    I am building a WiFi controlled rover/sensor vehicle. I am looking to use ROSserial for arduino communication. Within the next four months my project will be advancing into the computer vision stage. I am aiming to be using the OpenNI platform for kinect 3D depth mapping. I would like to achieve dynamic path planning, geo-mapping, and autonomous control. I too have a strict travel schedule until May, but am interested in any information or collaboration with anyone interested in sharing ideas.

    December 25, 2012

    • Douglas K.

      This sounds very interesting. I would like to be involved, however my locality is complicated at the moment. Are you working with a Github repository? I could collaborate over Google+ Hangouts.

      December 26, 2012

    • Matti S

      Don't forget we'd love to see everyone come to SCALE ( ) and chat about these great type of projects. We can setup a BOF meeting to do a "round" table sort of discussion to connect with others at the conference.

      December 27, 2012

  • marcel

    hi, i need help to program an arduino processor with 4 inputs & 4 outputs. have small $$ but also can offer cad solid modeling. im new at this. want to do soon. project is confidential for now

    December 7, 2012

  • Matti S

    I would love to see this sort of stuff presented at SCALE 11x ( )

    December 1, 2012

  • Nicholas J.

    Sounds very interesting.

    October 14, 2012

  • Sireesh

    Let me know if you wanna use USC as a location.

    August 28, 2012

  • John Konrad G.

    I'm interested in the vision side of this, and implementing it with Arduino. What kit do you recommend I buy just to start the image processing part? I'd also like to be able to communicate via wifi.

    August 28, 2012

  • John Konrad G.

    I am working through the class too!

    August 14, 2012

  • John

    I am using ROS with rosserial_arduino to connect the arduinos as ROS nodes. Everything is linked via USB. There's a series of rosserial_arduino tutorials on ROS and I just got through linking two Arduino to the ROS. I went through th tutorials on reading input and outputting to the arduino nodes. It looks doable. So the next step is the 1/4" acrylic laser cut chassis and setting up xbee because the acrylic chassis is not big enough to accommodate an onboard PC/Laptop.

    March 18, 2012

  • Homan C.

    This is along the lines of what I want to do as well. However you will not be able to do all of those things in a single meetup. I suggest we break up the goals into small chunks which I volunteer the Garage in pasadena as a place. Since you won't be able to install ROS on the arduino, how are you intending to communicate to it? Through wifi between laptop as a brain? We could spend an entire meetup on just using arduino wifi and setting up arduino web service.

    March 18, 2012

  • Matt

    Cool project. Depending on dates, I can probably open up my office in Burbank for meetings.

    Personally, I'm most interested in the software side, so I'd love to help figure out the ROS+Arduino part.

    Did you have any preferences about when & where?

    Unfortunately, my travel & event schedule is pretty crazy until May, so I might not be able to help until you get further along, if you're going to start soon.

    March 8, 2012

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