The LoCoBot is an ROS research rover for mapping, navigation and manipulation (optional) that enables researchers, educators and students alike to focus on high level code development instead of hardware and building out lower level code. Development on the LoCoBot is simplified with opensource software, full ROS-mapping and navigation packages and modular opensource Python API that allows users to move the platform as well as manipulator in as few as 10 lines of code.
The rover is built on the Yujin Robot Kobuki Base (YMR-K01-W1) and powered by the Intel NUC NUC8i3BEH Core i3 w/ 8gig of ram and 240g HD. An Intel® RealSense™ Depth Camera D435 sits atop an independently controlled pan / tilt mechanism (2XL430-W250-T) at the top of the platform which allows mapping and scanning. The (optional) 360 degree LIDAR can further improve both mapping and scanning for more advanced projects.
There are 3 different robot arms that can be added to the LoCoBot platform, offering 4, 5 and 6 degree of freedom options. All of the arms are based off of the X-Series servos from Robotis Co., specifically the XM430-W350-T and XL430-W250- which offer easy hardware setup, available software API’s and other ‘smart servo’ benefits.
Interbotix products are aimed at getting users up and developing on ROS as quickly as possible, which is why we've designed our platforms to ROS ready in under an hour. The robot comes pre-assembled with only minimal hardware setup and software is loaded with a few terminal commands allowing for ROS development in under an hour from receiving the LoCoBot.