Note: This is an email query I received from an undergraduate student who wanted to ask me about how to get into robotics research (SLAM and path planning). I am posting the questions and answers here in the hope that other people will find them useful. All personally identifying information has been removed. This is […]

I primarily use a Mac for my work, but since a I do a lot of robotics I have to switch over to Ubuntu to use ROS. Having a linux dual boot on a mac is doable and I have done it in the past (see instructions if you’re interested), but I just felt that giving up […]

Surprisingly there is no clear cut instruction anywhere. My questions was, if I tracked an image feature from the Kinect, how would I know its 3D position? I wanted to convert 2D pixel coordinates (u,v) to X,Y,Z from a point cloud that I got from kinect. I wrote a function to do it, I pass […]

Important note: Do not buy parts or equipment from Dabit Industries, they are extremely incompetent and will take ages to ship parts that will be incomplete and you’ll be left scratching your head. Our lab has had an extremely bad experience and I wholly recommend Clearpath robotics.  We have 2 first generation iRobot Create platforms […]