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Software Development Kit – SDK 1.1

The Software Development Kit (SDK) has been designed by Rethink Robotics to get the most out the Baxter Robot from day one, straight out of the box. The SDK can be used for multiple scenarios from laboratory and classroom environments to educational outreach. SDK 1.1 has been released for the Baxter Robot to make Baxter compatible with the latest version of ROS Indigo and 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 interactionKey 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 

These updates build on the already impressive features of the SDK 1.0 released in April 2014 such as:

  • Access to Baxter’s CPU via SSH, allowing users to run custom code and applications locally for maximum performance
  • Full interface compatibility with Gazebo Simulator as well as other standard ROS tools like Rviz and MoveIt!, facilitating collaboration and parallel development across campus or across the globe
  • Baxter Research Robot Demo Mode lets users run the most popular SDK example programs via Baxter’s arm navigator inputs, with no workstation or keyboard connection required
  • A New Baxter SDK Wiki with updated tutorials, expanded user guides, as well as a new section for developers around the world to post their own documentation and results

Baxter Robot Move It SoftwareRethink Robotics have used feedback and lessons from the Intera 3 software release for the Baxter Manufacturing Robot to implement more fluid movements to increase overall speed and accuracy.

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 and we can talk you through the process.

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