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NXT

ROS Software Maintainer: Tully Foote, Wim Meeussen, and Melonee Wise

Robots Using ROS: Lego NXT

NXT is a modular robotics kit manufactured by Lego. There are ROS interfaces for the default Lego firmware (v1.28) based on the NXT-python library by Douglas Lau.

The NXT-ROS software stack provides many useful tools to interface NXT robots with ROS. Currently NXT users can take robot models created with Lego Digital Designer, and automatically convert them into robot models compatible with ROS. The converted robot model can be visualized in rviz, and in the future we hope to add simulation capabilities in gazebo, our 3D simulator. The bridge between NXT and ROS creates a ROS topic for each motor and sensor of the NXT robot.

Once a robot is connected to ROS, you can start running applications such as the base controller, wheel odometry, keyboard/joystick teleoperation, and even assisted teleoperation using the ROS navigation stack. The NXT-ROS software stack includes a number of example robot models for users to play with and to get a feel for using NXT with ROS.

Installation

Library Overview

Basic Configuration

Capability

ROS package/stack

Robot-specific Messages

nxt_msgs

Robot model (URDF)

nxt_description, nxt_lxf2urdf, nxt_robots

Hardware Drivers and Simulation

Component

ROS package/stack

Actuator Drivers

nxt_controllers

Sensor Drivers

nxt_ros

High-Level Capabilities

Component

ROS package/stack

Teleop

nxt_teleop, nxt_assisted_teleop

Visualization

nxt_rviz_plugin

Sensor Drivers

nxt_ros supports the NXT accelerometer, color, contact, gyro, and range sensors.

Running

Please see testing your install.

Tutorials

Please see the NXT tutorials.

Support

Bug tracker.

Have your own NXT/ROS libraries? Feel free to add your ros-pkg repository below.


2018-12-08 12:28