‘Duckietown’ is an Open-Source MIT Class & Computer-Vision Self-Driving Robot for #RaspberryPi
Not only are the Duckiebots amazing to watch but their entire build specification, and even the specification of the layout of the ‘towns’ they drive in, is completely open-source and expanding in design and implementation at the Duckietown website hosted at MIT. Using a common camera module for Raspberry Pi 2 in conjunction with rviz software, the entire robot build and subsequent curriculum for teaching with them are available here; note the links are Google Docs (with some being edited online while I am typing this!) with ‘static PDF’s of the latest available edits also available for teacher-types looking for static content.
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