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HAPTIX program underway to create prosthetic hand system that moves and feels like a real hand

By: Brian Gerkey Fundamentally, robotics is about helping people. Robots help us manufacture things, help us build things, and help make our lives easier and more convenient. As robotic systems in...
09 September 2016, by

ROSCon 2015 recap and videos – part 2

ROSCon is an annual conference focused on ROS, the Robot Operating System. Every year, hundreds of ROS developers of all skill levels and backgrounds, from industry to academia, come together to teach...

Robots in Depth: OSRF’s Tully Foote on open source, ROS, and standardization

Robots in Depth is a new video series featuring interviews with researchers, entrepreneurs, VC investors, and policy makers in robotics, hosted by Per Sjöborg. In this interview, Tully Foote -- ROS...
14 October 2015, by and

Gazebo gets better at flying and diving

As another result of the exciting DARPA Robotics Challenge, Gazebo has improved its capabilities in the aeronautics and hydrodynamics fields. We expect these changes to benefit the way UAVs and UUVs a...

DARPA’s Robotics Challenge: A pocket-sized guide to the finals

DARPA's latest Challenge reaches its climax on 6 June 2015, when 25 finalists compete for $3.5m of prize money in what’s possibly the most anticipated robotic contest ever. Since its inception in 20...
03 June 2015, by

DARPA’s legacy: Open source simulation for robotics development and testing

When the DARPA Robotics Challenge first began to coalesce from an idea to a plan, we knew that we wanted to create a lasting legacy not only for robot hardware capabilities, but also for robotics simu...
27 May 2015, by



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Robotics Fast Track now accepting applications

We’re excited to announce that OSRF and BIT Systems are seeking innovative and revolutionary robotics projects for the Robotics Fast Track (RFT) effort, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Pr...

Steffi Paepcke on Robots, women and design: Opportunities abound

This piece was written by Steffi Paepcke as a precursor to the Silicon Valley Robotics panel titled “Women in Robotics: Challenge or Opportunity?”  Let me get the basic statistics out of t...

DARPA’s HAPTIX project hopes to provide prosthetic hands with sense of touch

The Gazebo team has been hard at work setting up a simulation environment for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX) program. The g...
11 February 2015, by

Humanoid robot with open electronics

We’re pleased to announce the public release of information on a long-standing collaboration between OSRF and Sandia National Labs. The Intelligent Systems Control Department at Sandia is developing...
17 December 2014, by

OpenStreetMap support in Gazebo

During her internship as part of the Gnome Outreach Program for Women, Tashwin Khurana developed a tool for downloading data from the OpenStreetMap database to produce a corresponding world file fo...
22 October 2014, by

ROS meets precision agriculture at Blue River Technology

If you were to design the worst possible environment for software engineering, the cramped jump seat of a John Deere tractor would be a contender. The sound and vibration of the engine makes conversat...

CloudSim-Ed: A robotics MOOC prototype

CloudSim-Ed from OSRF. During her Gnome Outreach Program for Women internship with OSRF, Ana Marian Pedro worked on CloudSim-Ed a prototype for a massive open online robotics course built with Goog...

ROS goes to space!

As part of a resupply mission to the International Space Station, ROS will board a SpaceX Rocket on March 16 and, barring inclement weather, will launch into space. According to a blogpost by Brian Ge...
13 March 2014, by

DARPA’s Virtual Robotics Challenge a practical step forward on the long road toward disaster-response capable humanoids

  Based on a media rountable discussion with DRC Program Manager Gill Pratt and CEO of the Open Source Robotics Foundation Brian Gerkey. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear disaster was a wake-up call...
24 July 2013, by

DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge results

The first competition of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) was a software simulation of humanoid rescue work. The 6 best teams were to be allocated ATLAS robots for the next stage of the challenge, b...
27 June 2013, by

TurtleBot 2 at ROSCon

http://youtu.be/P27Vj7E2FoU This video introduces TurtleBot 2, which was shown this past weekend at ROSCon 2012. TurtleBot 2, built around an iClebo Kobuki from Korean firm Yujin Robot, improves upon...
21 May 2012, by

Open source robotics foundation announced

Announced via the Willow Garage website, the Open Source Robotics Foundation, Inc. (OSRF) is an independent non-profit organization founded by members of the global robotics community. Its mission is ...
17 May 2012, by







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