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Written by Francesco Mondada   
Thursday, 20 January 2011 08:15

V-REP - the Virtual Robot Experimentation Platform - now includes a simulation model of the e-puck robot. The user can easily modify, adjust or rewrite the example control code to fit his/her own needs. The user can also easily compose complex simulation scenes by dragging-and-dropping new models or robots into the scene, allowing the e-puck to also interact with other robots, furniture, or custom-made models.

V-REP is a 3D robot simulator based on a distributed control architecture: control programs (or scripts) can be directly attached to scene objects and run simultaneously in a threaded or non-threaded fashion. This makes V-REP very versatile and ideal for multi-robot applications, and allows users to model robotic systems in a similar fashion as in reality - where control is most of the time also distributed.

Complex simulation can be created by making use of the various supported functionality, including:

- 2 physics engines support (Bullet and ODE)
- Full forward/inverse kinematics solver (handles any type of mechanism)
- Collision detection calculations
- Minimum distance calculations (mesh-mesh distance)
- Path planning (holonomic tasks in 2-6 dimensions and non-holonomic tasks for car-like vehicles)
- Proximity sensor simulation (exact minimum distance calculation within a customizable detection volume)
- Camera-like sensor simulation (fully customizable, with image processing capabilities)
- Various integrated edit modes (mesh edit modes, path edit mode, and custom UI edit mode)
- CAD data import/export (DXF, OBJ, 3DS or STL)
- Simulation data recording, graphing and export
- Various extension mechanisms (through scripts, plugins or a custom client application)

V-REP has various prices and licensing schemes. Students can use V-REP on their private computer free of charge.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 January 2011 08:21
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 16:32

The swarm group from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory has released, as open-hardware, the design of a Linux  extension board for the e-puck robot.  This extension board is based on a 32-bit ARM9 microprocessor and provides wireless network support. It runs an embedded Linux operating system, along with a Debian-based port of the root file system stored in a Micro SD card.  The extended e-puck robot platform provides a powerful and flexible platform for experimental swarm robotics research. All design files, together with full setup instructions and code images, can be downloaded from http://lpuck.sourceforge.net . A reference paper describing the design and its applications can be found here

Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 16:29

We setted up a page on the e-puck.org web site with most available publications using the e-puck robot. There are more than 65 publications up to now and this is growing fast. Please let me know if you have a publication not listed on this web page by sending me the bibtex information.

Thanks a lot to everybody for sharing this information!



Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 16:31

March 2010: GCtronic organized an e-puck workshop at EPFL. Participants were from GCtronic, CyberboticsMOBOTSLISDISAL and LA. Here some presentations Extensions-PC interfacesBattery managementMolole-aseba.

Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 16:28

The authors of the e-puck finally have published an article on the e-puck design. YOu can use this article as reference in your publications using the e-puck. The full reference is:

Mondada, F., Bonani, M., Raemy, X., Pugh, J., Cianci, C., Klaptocz, A., Magnenat, S., Zufferey, J.-C., Floreano, D. and Martinoli, A. (2009) The e-puck, a Robot Designed for Education in Engineering. Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions, 1(1) pp. 59-65.

The full PDF can be found here.

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