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Turtlebot goes open source



US-based robotics firm Willow Garage has just announced the launch of a new web community to support its Turtlebot platform.

The site will allow developers to share ideas for the robot, new hardware designs and code based on the open source Robot Operating System.

The robot has been designed for the education and hobbyist market and uses the Microsoft Kinect system. It means that the robot can use the Kinect software to build complex 3D models to help it navigate and can be programmed to do a range of household tasks.

To find out more about the Turtlebot project, check out this video presentation given at a Maker Faire earlier this month.



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