We’re taking a break from formal meetings in December. Alex and his son will continue experimenting with ROS on the Neato. Alan is continuing his work on PR2Lite arm navigation and has made a nice breakthrough.
We’re updating arm navigation in the following ways:
- New right arm configuration with MX-64s, MX-106s, and the velo gripper
- using Moveit on Hydro on the latest Ubuntu release
- using a new laptop
The newest Ubuntu release required some minor code changes to get hydro to compile.
The tutorials were not quite accurate. Using the configuration in pr2_moveit_config as a starting point helped.
Moveit on Hydro doesn’t officially support mimic links when launching demo.launch. Some hacks allowed progress to be made, but Alan was encountering bugs, especially in kdl_kinematics_plugin. After fixing some problems, Alan found the following commit by Ioan Sucan andSachin Chitta in the Hydro development branch: