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In his own words, Stuart Turner is a “Geek. Quadriplegic. Software tester.” He’s the founder of Robots and Cake and has been involved with Robots for Humanity in a number of ways, including providing feedback about remotely operated web-based robots to Prof. Chad Jenkins’s lab at Brown. This has included flying a Parrot AR drone that was 3000 miles away!
Go to robotsandcake.org to learn more!
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20 Nov 2013
Henry Evans and Chad Jenkins are presenting Robots for Humanity (http://tedxmidatlantic.com/2013-speakers/).
— Savioke (@Savioke) October 26, 2013
24 Oct 2013
Henry Evans of Robots for Humanity and Chad Jenkins of Brown University have been working on the use of Parrot AR.Drone quad rotor helicopters for physically disabled individuals. During his sabbatical at Willow Garage, Chad created a web interface using rosbridge and ROS for Henry to pilot the drone over the Internet. Henry used these drones to explore and monitor his home over the Spring and Summer, as shown in the Quad Rotors for Humanity video below.
Since Chad’s return from sabbatical this Fall, Henry regularly pilots drones at Brown (in Rhode Island) from his home 3000 miles away (in California). Henry, Chad, and a number of great collaborators are currently preparing a presentation for TEDxMidAtlantic 2013 describing Henry’s story and role in developing robot interfaces for the disabled.
It is worth noting that the same web interface for driving the AR.Drone can be readily used to drive a PR2 robot. This interoperability is due to the use of rosbridge as a network messaging protocol, allowing robot web apps to work with a variety of different robots.
Code for Quad Rotors for Humanity is available at this repository, and uses rosbridge, mjpeg_server, and ardrone_autonomy ROS packages.
24 Oct 2013