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PI USA adds ROS drivers to its hexapod robotic positioners

PI USA has added Robot Operating System (ROS) drivers to its hexapod 6-axis robotic positioners.

ROS, managed by, is a flexible framework for robotics software development, and PI has released ROS drivers for its full compact H-811 hexapod range.

These miniature 6 degrees-of-freedom robotic positioning systems provide sub-micron precision for applications including Silicon Photonics array alignment, medical robotics, camera lens optimization, and microscopy.

The new drivers allow design engineers to seamlessly integrate the hexapods into a ROS environment. PI also includes an URDF model to add visualization to the simulation.

ROS is a flexible framework for writing robot software. It is a collection of tools, libraries, and conventions that aim to simplify the task of creating complex and robust robot behavior across a wide variety of robotic platforms.

Increasingly being adopted across industry, ROS was built from the ground up to encourage collaborative robotics software development.

For example, one laboratory might have experts in mapping indoor environments, and could contribute a world-class system for producing maps. Another group might have experts at using maps to navigate, and yet another group might have discovered a computer vision approach that works well for recognizing small objects in clutter.

ROS was designed specifically for groups like these to collaborate and build upon each other’s work, as is described throughout this site.

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