CoroWare, a pioneer in mobile robotics and affordable telepresence, service oriented business applications, has launched a new Robotic Operating System (ROS) Upgrade Program for all CoroBot mobile robotic platforms.
The program helps to upgrade the existing CoroBot Explorer and CoroBot Classic unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) models. In addition, it allows new CoroBot applications based on Willow Garage’s ROS software.
The program will assist CoroWare’s clients to switch over from existing Linux- and Player- based CoroBot UGV platforms to ROS. ROS has been used globally and installed on surface vehicles, air vehicles and unmanned ground vehicles. The ROS platform is currently used in open robotics development. Hence, with the implementation of ROS, the company will be offering inexpensive and open mobile robot solutions that researchers require for prototyping robotics applications.
CoroWare’s program will help increase the robotics scientist and educator community, who develops ROS-based applications. An initial assessment of the CoroBot platforms bought by customers has been included in CoroWare’s ROS Upgrade Program. Based on the assessment, software or hardware upgrades will be offered and charged accordingly.
Andrew Zager, product marketing engineer at the company, stated that the program will offer a wide range of ROS-based software modules and applications to upgrade customers’ existing CoroBot mobile robotic platforms.