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LinuxDevices: Meet OAP--An Open Robot Reference Design Project

Nov 11, 2003, 05:30 (2 Talkback[s])

"'Have you ever dreamed of building your own Linux-based droid [that could] roam around your home autonomously, intelligently obeying your commands?' asks Dafydd Walters. 'You may now be able to finally fulfill your dream.' Walters founded and leads the Open Automaton Project (OAP), which aims to help enthusiasts assemble an intelligent mobile robot with stereo vision and state-of-the-art PC mainboard technology--for about the cost of a good PC.

"Unlike the RETF and OROCOS projects, which focus on devising open standards for robot hardware-software interfaces, OAP is all about implementation. OAP's objective is to create a reference design that bridges the gap between sophisticated robots used by researchers and the 'small, rug-roving' critters typically assembled by hobbyists..."

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