As project manager for the 3Spheres Robotics project, Jon Morris will give an update on a new collaboration in BC to design and prototype a collaborative service robot to help people with disabilities reach their personal goals and achieve greater independence. As an open source initiative, ROS will play a key role in the development process, and Jon will share the shortcuts and challenges that ROS provides.
After a quick networking break, Derek Shackleford, CTO at JDQ Systems Inc, will share a real ROS technical problem with the group, highlighting the challenges of getting the latest robotics hardware (computer, sensors, mobile base) to “talk” to one another. Using ROS, a Kobuki, a Kinect V2 sensor and laptop, Derek will either present a solution or ask the audience for help, depending on current status of the issue!
Using a real-time, wed-based, audience polling application, Jon will get feedback from the ROS users group on areas of interest and future meetup topics. And if the tech fails, we will revert to a “show of hands”!
There is no charge for this meeting but chronic "no shows" may be banned from future meetups.