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ROS Robotics By Example by Dr. Thomas L. Harman, Carol Fairchild

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Gazebo

Gazebo is a free and open source robot simulation environment developed by Willow Garage. As a multifunctional tool for ROS robot developers, Gazebo supports the following:

  • Designing of robot models
  • Rapid prototyping and testing of algorithms
  • Regression testing using realistic scenarios
  • Simulation of indoor and outdoor environments
  • Simulation of sensor data for laser range finders, 2D/3D cameras, kinect-style sensors, contact sensors, force-torque, and more
  • Advanced 3D objects and environments utilizing Object-Oriented Graphics Rendering Engine (OGRE)
  • Several high-performance physics engines (Open Dynamics Engine (ODE), Bullet, Simbody, and Dynamic Animation and Robotics Toolkit (DART)) to model the real-world dynamics

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