So You Want to Get Started with Robotics

Aug. 18, 2022
Open Robotics' Katherine Scott talks about how to make the plunge into robotics, and discusses the company's latest Turtlebot 4.

This video is part of the TechXchange: ROS: Robot Operating System and TechXchange Talks

Robotics remains a hot topic for almost all engineers. Many budding engineers would like to get involved with robotics but where to start? Buy a kit? Build one from scratch? 

I talked with Open Robotics' Katherine Scott, Developer Advocate with Open Robotics. She works with new and experienced robotics developers and has tips on where to start. 

We also talk about the Turtlebot 4 (Fig. 1). This platform was developed in cooperation with Clearpath Robotics and iRobot. The Turtlebot 4 is available as a low-cost Turtlebot 4 Lite and the full-featured Turtlebot 4 Standard.

Both platforms are based on iRobot hardware running ROS 2. ROS 2 runs on the built-in Raspberry Pi 4B. Each is equipped with a Luxonis Oak-D-Pro/Lite stereo-depth 3D cameras and a Slamtec RPLIDAR-A1 LiDAR system providing 360-degree views. 

You can check out the functionality using the simulated version running on Gazebo (Fig. 2)

For more information, you can check out the links and additional videos below on the Turtlebot 4 and ROS 2 navigation support. 


Getting Started with the Turtlebot 4

Want to see the Turtlebot 4 in action? Check out this short video on the compact and full featured versions.

Turtlebot 4 Navigation

The Turtlebot 4 runs ROS 2. This modular platform allows developers to take advantage of ROS 2 navigation services. 

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