Linux Robots Descend on Atlanta

By Henry Kingman  |  Posted 2007-07-05 Print this article Print

At Atlanta's Robotcup competition, Linux-based designs aim to replace Sony's AIBO.

Linux-powered robots are flocking to Atlanta this week to compete in the Robocup scientific competition. The eleventh annual event has attracted at least two Linux-based designs aiming to replace Sonys AIBO as the de facto hardware platform for standard Robocup league play. Robocup organizers say that in more than a decade, robotic soccer has evolved considerably. Players reportedly now move quickly, have little difficulty finding and shooting the ball, and can even show signs of teamwork.
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Quite a few scientific teams competing in Robocup have traditionally built their robots on top of Sonys AIBO (artificial intelligence bot) platform, a canid design with an open API (application programming interface). However, Sony announced in January of 2006 that it would discontinue AIBO, as well as QRIO, its humanoid design. As a result, at least two companies at this years Robocup are billing their entries as AIBO replacements. One of the designs -- Aldebarans Nao -- has been under development for more than two years. It has a humanoid hardware design, and runs a Linux-based operating system, along with software from the open source Universal Real-time Behaviour Interface (URBI) project. Aldebaran will also field a smaller, second-generation Nao design at the competition. The "new Nao" is smaller, and features stereo-vision eyes, along with pate-mounted sensors. It also has a red rather than blue hull. Aldebaran promises to reveal more details about the design after the competition. Read the full story on Headline Linux Robots Descend on Atlanta Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.

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