Meet HERB — a Home Exploring Robotic Butler

HERB, the Home Exploring Robot Butler created by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, is the star of the latest video in Oreo’s ongoing “Cookie vs. Creme” campaign. HERB was built by integrating a Segway RMP 200 with additional robotic functions.

HERB is the research platform of the Personal Robotics Lab and is a testbed for algorithms, software and other technology that will enable robots to perform challenging manipulation tasks where people live and work.

These videos are behind-the-scenes looks at HERB and his creators, associate professor Siddhartha Srinivasa, Ph.D. student Jennifer King and project scientist Pras Velagapudi. Click here to read Carnegie Mellon University’s blog post and learn more.

For more info about research and development opportunities, please contact us. Click here to read a past blog post about HERB.

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3D mapping research with an RMP at Bosch RTC

The Bosch Research and Technology Center (RTC) is using Willow Garage’s open source Robot Operating System (ROS) together with a Segway RMP to research robotic exploration, 3D mapping, and telepresence. Read more about this project at ROS.org here

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Player Project setup for a Segway RMP

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The Player Project (formerly the Player/Stage Project) creates free, open source robot control interface software that is widely used in robotics education and research.

Instructions on how to install and compile Player 2.1.x for a Segway RMP are available here, thanks to Régis Vincent at SRI International’s Artificial Intelligence Center.

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