Running the ICCLab ROS Kinetic environment on your own laptop

As we are making progress on the development of robotic applications in our lab, we experience benefits from providing an easy-to-deploy common ROS Kinetic environment for our developers so that there is no initial setup time needed before starting working on the real code. At the same time, any interested users that would like to test and navigate our code implementations could do this with a few commands. One git clone command is now enough to download our up-to-date repository to your local computer and run our ROS kinetic environment including a workspace with the current ROS projects.

To reach this goal we created a container that includes the ROS Kinetic distribution, all needed dependencies and software packages needed for our projects. No additional installation or configuration steps are needed before testing our applications. The git repository of reference can be found at this link: https://github.com/icclab/rosdocked-irlab

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Configuring the ROS Navigation Stack on a new robot

Our lab has acquired a new robot as part of its ROS based robotic fleet. We opted with the SUMMIT-XL Steel from Robotnik; a behemoth compared to our much-loved TurtleBots.

The Summit-XL Steel is advertised to be a great platform for robotic application that require transporting heavy loads (up to 250 kg) such as warehouse automation (retrieved from https://www.robotnik.eu/web/wp-content/uploads//2018/07/Robotnik_SUMMIT-XL-STEEL-01.jpg).
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