Tuesday, 12 March 2013


TORTUE is an effort to marry a motion sensor with a Roomba base. It was inspired from Turtlebot, Billibot and Oculus. For the base we used Roomba 560 and for the motion sensor we used ASUS Xtion Pro Live. The software platform is ROS Electric. The project is still in its early days and more is being planned for the future.

Fig.1. Concept development for Tortue

Fig.2. First run on 2nd March 2013, Saturday

The video shows a very basic obstacle avoidance behaviour using point cloud.

Fig.3. rxgraph for basic obstacle avoidance

The Tortue team comprises of ,

The project has a home page at github, http://arkapravo.github.io/tortue/Tortue means Turtle in the French language, which reflects the use of ROS for the robot, ROS has a long term Turtle association and all of their release have a Turtle reference, also ROS softwares (viz. turtlesim) and robots (viz. turtlebot) have such naming. There has been suggestions that tortue has a likeness to wall-e, we do not deny it ! :-)

1 comment:

pythonism said...

Wall-e will be proud of his ancestor !