It’s amazing what you can create when you pair a few spare parts lying around with an inventive imagination. In this instance, these ingredients gave birth to BeagleBot – a small test robot for localization algorithms! BeagleBot’s creator Nathaniel Lewis was hooked on robot localization after seeming demos of SLAM at home brew robotics society meetings, along with people using Kinects as cheap lidars. To create this own test platform to learn about these algorithms, Lewis took parts he had laying around his house, along with a replacement Neato Lidar he found online and built BeagleBot!
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