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Train robots hands-on to dump trash with this new OS

Agam Shah | Aug. 4, 2014
Don't program robots -- train them. That's the stated goal of Brain Corporation, whose operating system is designed to allow robots to learn how to dump trash or open doors via hands-on training, not programming.

Robotics are also increasingly being used in schools as an interactive way to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Many robots — like the PiBot — are created by students using Arduino, an easy-to-learn hardware and software development platform to create robots or interactive electronic objects.

Intel later this year will ship its first 45-centimeter-tall robot called "Jimmy" for $1,500. Jimmy, which will be able to walk, has the Linux OS and can be programmed in the HTML5 scripting language, which is widely used for mobile apps. Smartphones, tablets and PCs will be able to control the robot, and Intel has said HTML5 is a new way to bring robotics into the mobile era.

The newer OSes and programming tools are trying to unseat the dominant Robotics Operating System (ROS), which was introduced in 2007. ROS is used in walking robots and a self-driving car.

In addition to BrainOS, Brain is including ROS in the development kit, given its popularity among robot makers.

 

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