This is my very first time posting to this mailing list, as I am about to start using Player/Stage - so I'm a complete newbie, but a newbie with a mission.

I will be using a Pioneer 2-DX by MobileRobots, and I'm running Player 2.1.3, Stage 3.1.0 on Ubuntu 9.04/2.6.28-14. I've already installed them successfully (or so it seems...). My goal is to use a localization driver, such as amcl with this robot, and I want to get some show-stopping doubts out of the way:

* Is it even possible? Can I, with the hardware I have, use player and amcl or another localization algorithm?
* How hard is it going to be? What problems will I likely run into, and how should I avoid them?

The reason I'm not using MobileRobot's own localization library, SonARNL, is that I haven't had very good results with it on field tests we've done. As it is closed source, I haven't got the option of tweaking it. My next step will be integrating Player's localization with another, vision-based method my group is researching.

Any suggestions or comments would be very much appreciated. I've tried to be specific, but if there's an important bit of information I forgot to mention, please, do not hesitate to ask.

Thanks in advance!

Pedro d'Aquino