Google's Rosjava melds robots, Android and the cloud

Summary:The web giant has launched launched Rosjava, a robot OS framework in Java that is Android compatible

Google has launched launched Rosjava, a robot OS framework in Java that is Android compatible, in a move that positions the Android operating system as a robotics tool.

PR2 robot

The PR2 robot uses an Android tablet for its orientation. Photo credit:

The move, announced at Google I/O in San Francisco, couples with Google's Android Open Accessory API, which aims to connect a bevy of devices — phones, bikes, cameras, clocks and other household items. Google I/O highlighted robotics work with the likes of companies such as iRobot, which demonstrated a robot that used a tablet as its head and control unit.

Willow Garage and Google, meanwhile, showed how an Android tablet could be the eyes and ears of the PR2 robot. The PR2 subscribes to the tablet's orientation and the tablet subscribes to the PR2's camera images, which act as 'the eyes'.

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Topics: Innovation


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