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Freeware
Tools

  • Khepera Simulator
    • Description: This public domain software package was written by Olivier Michel during the preparation of his Ph.D. thesis, at the Laboratoire I3S, URA 1376 of CNRS and University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France. It allows to write your own controller for the mobile robot Khepera using C or C++ languages, to test them in a simulated environment and features a nice colorful X11 graphical interface. Moreover, if you own a Khepera robot, it can drive the real robot using the same control algorithm. It is mainly targeted towards researchers studying autonomous agents.
    • Platforms: UNIX (w/ X11 library)
    • Source: The latest version is available from EPFL, Lausanne, France.
    • Reference: Additional information is available at the Khepera Homepage.
    • Contact: Olivier Michel
  • Robotica
    • Description: Robotica is a computer aided design package for robotic manipulators developed in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It encapsulates over 30 functions into a Mathematica package allowing efficient symbolic and numeric calculation of kinematic and dynamic equations for multi-degree-of-freedom manipulators.
    • Platforms: Mathematica 2.1, X-Windows
    • Source: This package is available via ftp at ftp.csl.uiuc.edu
    • Reference: Additional information is available via postscript at ftp.csl.uiuc.edu
    • Contact: N/A
  • Simderella
    • Description: Simderella is a distributed robot simulator developed by Patrick van der Smagt. It consists of a inverse kinematics part, a forward kinematics part, and a graphical back-end.
    • Platforms: Sun (SunOS and Solaris), SGI, DEC Alpha, HP700, and IBM PC (running Linux)
    • Source: The latest version is available from www.robotic.dlr.de
    • Reference: Additional information is available at www.robotic.dlr.de
    • Contact: Patrick van der Smagt.
  • The Eagle Eye 7-D Vision System
    • Description: Eagle Eye (TM) is a Power Macintosh application that accurately tracks specially designed optical targets. It can track multiple targets simultaneously in visually cluttered environments using a single video camera.
    • Platforms: Macintosh
    • Source: Three different versions are available at www.kinetic.bc.ca
    • Reference: Additional information is available at www.kinetic.bc.ca
    • Contact: webmaster@kinetic.bc.ca.

Commercial
Tools

  • Insecta 2.0 Visual FlowCoder
    • Description: Insecta 2.0 Visual FlowCoder is a tool designed for developing microcontroller firmware in advanced robotics and automation domains.
    • Platforms: Windows 95, Windows NT
    • Source: Information for purchase of the package can be found at www.traveller.com
    • Reference: Additional information is available at www.traveller.com
    • Contact: Insecta@Traveller.com.
  • Robix RCS-6 Robot Construction Set
    • Description: This tool allows you to build, and program table-top robots. The set includes tools, storage case, construction parts, servos, gripper assembly, electronics interface which connects through a PC's parallel printer port, interactive DOS PC software, video.
    • Platforms: PC
    • Source: Information for purchase of the package can be found at www.robix.com
    • Reference: Additional information is available at www.robix.com
    • Contact: desk@robix.com.
  • The Cambridge University Robot Language (CURL)
    • Description: CURL is a Microsoft Windows-based robot control environment for applications in rehabilitation and light industry. It facilitates direct control of a robot or other mechatronic device in a number of reference frames. CURL commands may be used to initiate device operation interactively.
    • Platforms: Windows 3.1, Windows 95
    • Source: Information for purchase of the package can be found at rehab-www.eng.cam.ac.uk
    • A free evaluation version is also available.
    • Reference: Additional information is available at rehab-www.eng.cam.ac.uk
    • Contact: N/A
  • Webots
    • Description:  Webots is a realistic mobile robots simulator developed by Cyberbotics. This software is intended for reseachers and teachers in the fields of Autonomous Agents, Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence. It models a real robot, Khepera, and a number of extension turrets, including several vision turrets, a gripper turret, etc. The user can program virtual robots using a C / C++ library which is compatible with the real robot. A 3D environment editor allows to customize robotics scenarios.
    • Platforms:  Linux (ix386, PPC), Solaris (Sun)
    • Source: Information for purchase of the package can be found at http://www.cyberbotics.com/index5.html
    • A free evaluation version is also available.
    • Reference: Additional information is available at http://www.cyberbotics.com
    • Contact:  olivier.michel@cyberbotics.com
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