Robotics software for Linux


The robots and artificial intelligence they are increasingly present in our world. Many users have become interested in this field, either professionally or simply as hobbyists. They should all know that there are interesting Linux distro software packages to work with.

In this article you will see a list with some of the most popular programs related to robotics and that are available for this operating system, many of them surely you didn't even know about them ...

Some of the most popular software packages for robotics are:

  • The Player Project: it is a multiplatform software that will serve as an interface and robot server. A hardware abstraction layer with which you can simulate many actions and control robotic devices. Of course, it is open source, free (GNU GPL license), free and available for Linux.
  • NASA Vision Workbench: is an image processing system in the context of the field of machine vision. A modular, extensible and open source project. It is free and has been used in some projects of the North American space agency.
  • gazebo: it is a very easy to use robotics simulator. This program allows the use of 3D images and was a component of The Player Project from 2004 to 2011. Later, Gazebo would integrate an ODE physics engine, OpenGL support, and great support for sensors and actuator control used in robotics. It is of course open source and available for Linux.
  • DART: stands for Dynamic Animation and Robotics Toolkit, that is, an assortment of tools for dynamic and robotic animation. This software is also cross-platform and open source.
  • Argus: It is also a simulator, but based on physics. It is specially designed for large scale robotics simulation. It allows you to easily customize and add plugins to extend its capabilities.
  • OpenRTM-aist: it is a software oriented to the development of robotics components and based on the RT standard.
  • Urbic: is the acronym for Universal Robot Body Interface. A programming platform for developing robotics applications and complex systems. It is currently integrated into the well-known ROS platform.

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