Hot on the heels of Player 1.6, I am pleased to announce the release of
Gazebo 0.5.0. Lots of goodies for the good folks out there (see below for
the highlights). *Thanks* to everyone who has contributed, both in the
source tree and on the mailing lists.
Andrew + Nate
Gazebo 0.5 has been heavily re-engineered to provide are range
of new features. Highlights of this release:
- Greatly improved documentation (using Doxygen); this will now be the
primary form of documentation, with PDF docs acting as backup only.
As always, please send us a patch if you see something that is missing
- Improved support for various kinds of imaging models. In this release
you will find:
- An upgraded ObserverCam model, with user selectable rendering
options (wireframe, textures, sensor rays, camera frustrums).
- An all-new MonoCam model, for simple monocular cameras.
- An all-new StereoHead model, which returns paired (left/right)
camera images and simulated disparity maps.
- Two separate server options:
- A console-only server (good for batch operations).
- A wxPython-based server (good for interactive experiments).
The new GUI is a HUGE improvement over the GLUT-based GUI in Gazebo
0.4. A number of much asked-for features have been added, including
the ability to pause a running simulation, save and reset the simulator
state. See the on-line docs here:
- Plugin models: users can develop their own robot/sensor models, and
these models loaded dynamically at run time.
- Player 1.6 compatibility; the new imaging models are fully compatible
with Player's revamped camera interface.
There is also one notable low-light of the Gazebo 0.5.0 release:
- The new imaging support built into Gazebo has not come without
cost: there are known incompatibilities with ATI graphics
cards on Linux systems. Details are here:
We are working on these problems and hope to overcome them in the
Andrew Howard email: ahoward@...
Department of Computer Science http: www-robotics.usc.edu/~ahoward
University of Southern California phone: 1 (213) 740 6416
Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. 90089-0781 fax: 1 (213) 821 5696
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