I hope this is of interest to some of the members of this list.
I am currently working towards my PhD, focusing on Augmented Reality as
a means of improving robot development. As part of this work I have
built a flexible augmented reality system that can visualise a number of
player/stage interfaces (position, laser, sonar and ir at this point,
but more will be added in due course).
All you need to try the system out is a video for linux compatable
camera (firewire is in the plans for the next couple of weeks) and an
opengl capable linux computer. If you dont have a camera but are curious
anyway, there is a 'debug' mode which uses stage to generate the
The software is available under the OSL license (a GPL variant) and I am
keen for people to try the system and hope that it will eventually
become an essential tool when working with robotic systems.
As this is only the second release (0.2.0) (and I didnt publicise the
first one), there are bound to be some issues getting it set up and
running, if you are having trouble please email me directly. If there is
enough interest I will set up a forum or mailing list, and eventually
publically accessable svn or cvs.
The project description is here
and the downloads needed to run it are here
The readme file included in the source has some basic instructions about
its dependancies and building, it has been tested under ubuntu (x86) and
gentoo (amd64) linux, other flavours may have some teething problems.
Please let me know your thoughts, good or bad,
The University of Auckland Robotics Group