New! Basic Hardware (Standard Robot Platform 2016)
Unless otherwise stated, the rules of RoboCup@Home is complied (especially section 3.3 Robots in RoboCup@Home rulebook 2015).
As the first set of basic hardware for the standard robot platform, the TutleBot (http://www.turtlebot.com/) is selected to kick start the snowball. TurtleBot is a low cost, personal robot kit with close integration to the popular open source software, ROS (Robot Operating System). The TurtleBot is selected due to the following reasons:
The standard TurtleBot specifications (Kobuki or Create base, http://www.turtlebot.com/build/) is followed. The standard assembly illustrated on the official specifications is followed.
ControllerFeel free to design. More than one controller is allowed.
PerceptionThe Kinect (Xbox 360) or Xtion Pro Live sensor on the standard TurtleBot configuration is followed. Any change of placement or replacement with other sensor is considered as modification. Additional sensors (e.g. webcam, laser range finder, etc.) are allowed and considered as addition. All sensors used have to be readily available commercial products without modification.
The TurtleBot Arm (http://wiki.ros.org/turtlebot_arm) is recommended. Due to the current technical readiness of TurtleBot Arm, similar solutions, namely CRANE+ (http://www.rt-shop.jp/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=2441), PhantomX Pincher Robot Arm Kit (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/p/PhantomX-Pincher-Robot-Arm.aspx), and other products are allowed. The placement of the arm is free to design.Any components that are not specified here will be considered as addition if any.