Genesis of the Scratch + Sawyer project
To celebrate the 2017 Scratch conference taking place in Bordeaux as we write these lines, Génération Robots has decided to mix for this one of a king demo, technologies from the factories of the future (Sawyer) with Scratch, a great tool to teach kids and beginners alike to code.
Although different, these two technologies both have their roots at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology):
- The visual programming interface Scratch has been developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group, a group within the MIT Media Lab.
- The Sawyer robot is developed by Rethink Robotics, a company founded by Rodney Brooks, the former director of the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Below is our teaser video for teh demo that premiered at the 2017 Scratch conference:
Scratch + Sawyer project development
Step 1: install ScratchX, a version of Scratch that enable developers to create custom Scratch blocks for third party softwares.
Step 2: install Rosbridge, a protocol that will create a connection between ROS (Sawyer’s OS) and §ScratchX.
Step 4: in order to make everything easier, we put everything a local servor, not to have internet connection issues.
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