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Where can I get development tools?

Want to develop apps for robots but don’t know how to do that, or where to start? is here to help you!

Most of the robots' manufacturers have put in place development kits for their robots. The names might be different, but the functionality is the same across the board. Meaning developers like you, can write apps and new behaviors for their robots. Some of the manufacturers offer API only. Some of them offer complete SDK, and some created a graphical development environment which helps less-experienced developers to create their own apps and behaviors.

Please note: some robots can run more than one OS (Operating System), so make sure you are aware which platform or OS you use to develop your apps.

Development Resources

Manufacturer: iRobot
iRobot Created the popular Roomba series. It is a vacuum cleaning robot that can be programmed using Roomba SCI (Serial Command Interface). iRobot Create is explicitly designed for robotics development, rather than hacking the Roomba.

Learn how to program Roomba:

Get the SDK and manuals here.

Manufacturer: LEGO
Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 is the newest set from LEGO's Lego Mindstorms series, launched on August 5, 2009. The set contains 619 pieces.

Learn how to program LEGO NXT Mindstorms

Get LEGO SDK and manuals here.
Or get the ROS code here.
Or get the Mindstorms NXT 2.0 iso here.

Manufacturer: Parrot
The Parrot AR.Drone is a RC Quadrotor with cameras attached to it.

Learn how to program AR.Drone:

Get AR.Drone SDK and manuals here.

Manufacturer: Innvo Labs
The robot is software-upgradeable via SD card or USB interfaces. Manufacturer encourage user modifications of the robot's firmware, provided links to 3rd party developed tools such as a graphical interface for home users called MySkit, and an API for programmers called a "PDK" (Pleo Developers Kit).

Get the PDK and manuals here.

Manufacturer: Sony
Sony released a programmer's kit that has now been expanded into three distinct tools: R-CODE, AIBO Remote Framework, and the OPEN-R SDK. These three tools are combined under the name AIBO Software Development Environment. All of these tools are free to download and can be used for commercial or non-commercial use (Except for the OPEN-R SDK, which is specifically for non-commercial use).

Get the kit and manuals here.

Manufacturer: Aldebaran Robotics
Nao is an autonomous, programmable, humanoid robot. It comes with software package which includes a dedicated programming software called Choregraphe, an API and SDK for C/C++ and Python. Nao is also compatible with Microsoft Robotics Studio, Cyberbotics Webots, and Gostai Urbi Studio.

Get the software package and tutorials here.

Manufacturer: Willow Garage, iRobot
TurtleBot comes with an open-source SDK based on ROS to help you develop applications right out of the box. The TurtleBot SDK integrates all the software you need to get TurtleBot running and comes with advanced capabilities like mapping and navigation.

Get ROS for Turtlebot here.

Manufacturer: Robotis
The BIOLOID is a hobbyist and educational robot kit. The robot is programmed with RoboPlus - C language based software solution.

Get the SDK and code examples here.

Manufacturer: Aldebaran Robotis
Karotz is the third generation Nabaztag. The embedded software handles the TCP/IP, RFID and WiFi. It also implements a virtual machine which is able to execute up to 64kb of code. A dedicated assembly language exists to program the different features of the device.

Get the SDK and app examples here.

Manufacturer: Robotis, Virginia Tech
DARwIn-OP is an open platform where users are encouraged to modify it in both hardware and software, and various software implementations are possible (C++, Python, LabVIEW, MATLAB, etc.)

Get the SDK and sources here.

Manufacturer: CoroWare
CoroBot is a four-wheeled development platform released in March 2007. It is a four-wheeled robot that has an on board mini-ITX computer and an optional 4 DOF arm. As a robotic platform, developers can write robot apps using ROS, MSRDS, C / C++ and more.

Get Code examples and API referece here.

Manufacturer: EZ-Robot
EZ-Robot provides a complete hardware and software solution for beginner and advanced personal robotics. Using our graphical interface, add voice recognition, vision tracking, Wii remote control, and more to your robot. Also supports AR Drone, Brookstone Rover and more!

Get EZ-Builder and SDK here.

Platforms / OS

Provider: Willow Garage
ROS (Robot Operating System) provides libraries and tools to help software developers create robot applications. It provides hardware abstraction, device drivers, libraries, visualizers, message-passing, package management, and more. ROS is licensed under an open source, BSD license.

Get the OS and manuals here.

Provider: Gostai
Urbi allows to create components and drivers, called UObjects, which can run on top of Gostai Runtime. A UObject can be a remote object, a simple autonomous executable in Windows, Linux or Mac OSX. You don't have to change a single line of code to switch from embedded "linked" mode to remote mode.

Get the platform and tutorials here.

Provider: RoboRealm
RoboRealm® is an application for use in computer vision, image analysis, and robotic vision systems. Using an easy point and click interface RoboRealm simplifies vision programming! Using an inexpensive USB webcam and the PC you already have you can now add machine vision to your robotic projects!

Get the platform here.

Provider: Microsoft
Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio enables academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to easily create robotics applications across a wide variety of hardware.

Get the development studio here.

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