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SDK 1.1 Software Release for the Baxter Robot from Rethink Robotics

Rethink Robotics release SDK 1.1 for the Baxter Robot

The Baxter Robot SDK has seen a recent update to the new SDK 1.1 to make Baxter compatible with the latest release of ROS Indigo. There are also upgrades to the Joint Trajectory Server, resulting in smoother and more accurate movements for Baxter’s arms, and support for 3D Sensors, such as the Kinect camera, through RViz and MoveIt!. 

 Baxter Research robot human interaction

 Key features of the SDK 1.1 update are:

  • ROS Indigo compatibility
  • Ubuntu 14.04 compatibility
  • 3D depth sensor support through RViz and MoveIt!
  • Motion upgrades to joint trajectory server path splining and movement execution
  • Contributor-submitted head trajectory action server 
 Baxter Robot Move It Software

Rethink Robotics have used feedback from the Intera 3 software release for the Baxter Manufacturing Robot to implement more fluid movements to increase overall speed.

SDK 1.1 is available to download for free from Rethink Robotics along with Ubuntu 14.04. You must first update your workstation to Ubuntu 14.04 to maximise SDK 1.1. Need help updating either Ubuntu or SDK 1.1? Contact us on +44 (0)1761 234 376

For more information about the SDK 1.1 release please refer to the Rethink Robotics Wiki.