Anyone have any advice for Gurcan?
> We are about to buy two pioneer 3dx platforms, but we are not sure about how
> its configuration should be; so I thought this is a good place to ask about
> it, since most of you have been using this platform for years.
> what i would like to know are:
> 1. We are planning to buy a base p3dx platform without onboard computer. The
> plan is to use a laptop and usb/serial converter since it provides more
> processing power and it is cheaper. Is this advisable?
> 2. We already have two SICK lms200 in hand, and we want to use these on p3dx
> robots. ActivMedia offers a "Laser integration kit" for $2500, which
> includes cables, mount and software. As we are planning to use opensource
> software like P/S or CARMEN, do you think we should get this "integration
> kit"? Is it easy to interface the lms200 to a laptop probably with a
> usb/serial converter?
> 3. Would "Gyroscopic Correction system" be useful or needed for indoor
> navigational purposes? Is it supported by Player?
> 4. An extra set of batteries will be probably useful. I think the batteries
> used are somewhat standard 12v lead acid batteries. We have some batteries
> and also 12v charger. Is it still worthwhile to buy $300 battery charger?
> We are on a budget, and I think that some of the accessories ActivMedia sell
> are quite expensive($50 for a db9 cable!), unless they have some tricks that
> I dont know.
> Any comment or suggestion is highly appreciated,