In this tutorial, learn how to use the iRobot Create 2 to drive around and stream video over the wireless network. We will control the iRobot Create 2 via WiFi from our laptop computer, using a PlayStation controller to steer. Part one covers hardware setup and prerequisites.
NASA wants to turn CubeSats into the next planetary explorers and Gumstix can help do it. CubeSats are relatively inexpensive satellites that are low power, low weight, and small in size.
The hope of the program is to send multiple CubeSats that could be deployed onto a planet’s surface at various locations. The sensors on board would then communicate back to the mother ship which would feed the information back to earth. The versatility of CubeSats allow for each satellite to be customized for the function it will serve and the terrain it will be deployed to.
The Yocto Project’s build system makes building your own Linux embedded system easy using “layers”. Thanks to the guys at the BMW Car IT group, Robot Operating System (ROS) Hydro Medusa (the great collection of software libraries and tools for building robot applications) is now available as a Yocto Project layer. ROS has everything from basic drivers to state-of-the-art algorithms, and it’s all open source. ROS Hydro Medusa is the most recent release, and thanks to Gumstix’ support for the Yocto Project, users can get started with ROS quickly and easily. Here’s how to do it!
Last July, we published a post covering all the great stuff going on in one of the most popular fields for our tiny computers: MAVs. Today, we’re excited to unveil a new entry into the field: the AeroCore MAV Control Platform. Check out the video after the break to see it in action!
Instructables has been host to a wonderful series on the technology that made Miles’ wish into a reality. It’s been a great look at a lot of the volunteer work that goes into building the custom stuff that pretty much every Make-a-Wish grant involves, and Gumstix was delighted to have been a part of the ultra-cool wrist-projector communicator used.
From “Commissioner” Gordon and everyone here at Gumstix to all those out there who helped make this dream come true, we’d like to say “Way to go!”