RoboComp is an open-source Robotics framework providing the tools to create and modify software components that communicate through public interfaces. Components may require, subscribe, implement or publish interfaces in a seamless way. Building new components is done using two domain specific languages, IDSL and CDSL. With IDSL you define an interface and with CDSL you specify how the component will communicate with the world. With this information, a code generator creates C++ and/or Python sources, based on CMake, that compile and execute flawlessly. When some of these features have to be changed, the component can be easily regenerated and all the user specific code is preserved thanks to a simple inheritance mechanism.
If you already have RoboComp installed, jump to tutorials to start coding!
Installation from source
Tested in Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10, 15.04 and 15.10
Make sure you have installed the following packages from the Ubuntu repository:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install git git-annex cmake g++ libgsl0-dev libopenscenegraph-dev cmake-qt-gui zeroc-ice35 freeglut3-dev libboost-system-dev libboost-thread-dev qt4-dev-tools python-pip python-pyparsing python-numpy python-pyside pyside-tools libxt-dev pyqt4-dev-tools libboost-test-dev libboost-filesystem-dev python-libxml2 python-xmltodict libccd-dev sudo pip install networkx
It is recommendable to install the following packages::
sudo apt-get install yakuake qt4-designer
cd to your home directory (you are probably in it already) and type:
git clone https://github.com/robocomp/robocomp.git
Now we will create a symbolic link so RoboComp can find everything. You will have to enter your password:
sudo ln -s /home/<your-linux-user> /home/robocomp
Edit your ~/.bashrc file
Add these lines at the end:
export ROBOCOMP=/home/<your-linux-user>/robocomp export PATH=$PATH:/opt/robocomp/bin
make bash process the modified file by typing:
Done! Now let's compile and install the whole thing:
sudo rm -r /opt/robocomp cd robocomp mkdir build cd build cmake .. make sudo make install
If you want to compile Robocomp with support for FCL, follow the instructions in the Robocomp with FCL tutorial.
The RoboComp's core libraries and simulator should now be compiled and installed in
Let's now tell Linux where to find RoboComp's libraries:
sudo nano /etc/ld.so.conf
and add the following line:
save the file and type:
Done! Now let's have some fun.
Testing the installation using the RCIS robotics simulator
We will first fetch some meshes and textures used by the simulator (it will take a while):
cd ~/robocomp git annex get .
Now let's run the simulator.
cd ~/robocomp/files/innermodel rcis simpleworld.xml
Congratulations! RCIS should be up and running with a simple robot endowed with a laser and an RGBD camera, moving on a wooden floor. Don't forget to turn around the floor to see the robot from above.
Installing some RoboLab's components from GitHub
The software of the robots using RoboComp is composed of different software components working together, communicating among them. What we just installed is just the core of RoboComp (the simulator, a component generator and some libraries). To have other features like joystick control we have to run additional software components available from other repositories, for example robocomp-robolab:
cd ~/robocomp/components git clone https://github.com/robocomp/robocomp-robolab.git
The RoboLab's set of basic robotics components are now dowloaded. You can see them in
Connecting a JoyStick (if no JoyStick available skip to the next section)
If you have a joystick around, connect it to the USB port and:
cd ~/robocomp/components/robocomp-robolab/components/joystickComp cmake . make cd bin sudo addgroup your-user dialout // To solve some permissions issues in Ubuntu ./startJoyStick.sh
Your joystick should be now running. It will make the robot advance and turn at your will. If the component does not start or the robot does not move stop joystickcomp with:
and check where the joystick device file has been created (e.g.,
/dev/input/js0). If it is not
~/robocomp/components/robocomp-robolab/components/joystickComp/etc/config change it accordingly and restart. Note that you might want to save the config file to the component's home directory so it does not interfere with future github updates.
Using the keyboard as a JoyStick
If you don't have a JoyStick install this componentent,
cd ~/robocomp/components/robocomp-robolab/components/keyboardrobotcontroller cmake . make src/keyboardrobotcontroller.py --Ice.Config=etc/config
and use the arrow keys to navigate the robot, the space bar to stop it an 'q' to exit.
You can find more tutorials on RoboComp in tutorials!
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