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Last week we ran another successful UK edition of the ROS-I Training. This time we were hosted by Yaskawa UK.This was also the first edition using our updated workshops to the newer ROS Melodic release. The updated workshop files can be found on our Github page.As part of this upgrade we also formalised and released the Ansible playbooks that we use to create the USB Live media for the training…

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We have recently re developed our website inline with the JAMstack principles. This has been a shift away from Pelican and Sigal to Gatsby.We decided to settled on the Bulma framework work for our CSS which uses the very nice Flexbox columns layout model. As part of the upgrade we have reinstated our blog which will carry useful notes and news regarding tools and projects. We hope you find this…

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We have been using linked-data for a number of years both in the AEC domain early in the briefing process using the BOT ontology and in advanced robotics with SkiROS and the Stamina ontology.Previously when working with these technologies we have found the associated tooling a little wanting. It may be because we are working in corner use cases or we have become used to such nice tooling when…

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The first UK edition of the ROS-Industrial Training took place last week hosted by re.je at UCL Here East 5 - 9 November 2018. The target is to boost participants from industry with little or no ROS knowledge to a level with broad comprehension of the robotic framework. The theoretical content is consolidated with workshops and is applied on simulated and physical mobile and industrial robots…

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Importing point cloudsFirst you will need to import your point cloud into Blender as vertices of a single object. There are many ways to do this and many point cloud formats so it is impractical to cover in this tutorial. Personally I convert my data to pcd and then use a pcd importer for Blender.Creating a bounding cubeThe volume material used to render the point cloud has to be applied to a…

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This is a quick howto on creating a light painting from video footage. The example image was created using a robot arm. This howto is for systems running GNU/Linux but should work on other operating systems if the tools are installed correctly.Camera setupSetting up the exposure is similar to if you are creating a light painting using a single long exposure. I used a video SLR and set the shutter…

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Installing PCL toolsInstalling PCL tools is easy on most GNU/Linux distros as it should be available in your package manager. On Fedora run the following command:Capturing point cloudsTo capture a point cloud in PCD format use the following command:Press the left mouse button to save a frame or toggle continuous recording using space bar.Converting to PLYTo open the point cloud in other…

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Installation from 2008. It is created by putting tension through loose weave cotton with anchor points around a room.

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