[ros-users] is a native ROS device possible?

Max B skinkworks42 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 9 01:45:13 UTC 2012

As a disclaimer, I'm not a serious software/electronics engineer, but
wouldn't it be conceivable to have a ROS USB device that shows up as an
ethernet NIC that automagically connects to the ROS master? I don't know
how different OSes handle USB NICs, but it might work with little or no
configuration (you could tell it the URI of the master, if it isn't


On Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM, John Galloway <jrg at toasterfish.com> wrote:

> On Jun 8, 2012, at 12:00 PM, Morgan Quigley wrote:
> I heartily agree the long-term vision of allowing embedded systems to
> plug-and-play into a live ROS system, where "plugging in" the embedded
> device would be analogous to launching a "typical" ROS node's POSIX
> process. This will require a great deal of work to make possible, but
> it's on my long-term wish list as well.
> -Morgan
> On Jun 8, 2012, at 12:00 PM, Jonathan Bohnen wrote:
> You can check out his [Morgan's] thoughts on the subject here:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wnab6AjAwc&feature=player_detailpage#t=1648s
> Have you looked at rosserial? http://ros.org/wiki/rosserial While I
> haven't used it, it seems like it gets part of the way there by having
> embedded devices that talk in ROS messages, and they just connect to a
> generic rosserial driver on a host machine:
> http://ros.org/wiki/rosserial_python
> best,
> -j
> Thanks guys.  Good video (cool hand!) and rosserial does seem to be along
> the lines I had in mind.  As for what I'm trying to do, really sort of just
> thinking about what I might like to try and do actually.  Last time I took
> a break from employment and was playing with robotics I thought what was
> really needed to get more folks working at the application level was to
> make it much much easier to build a robot, which I found rather challenging
> (more like buying a cpu, motherboard, DIMMs, disks, powersupply and case
> and building a PC, no soldering required).  So you'd need
> electro-mechanical subsystems that could plug and play, which ROS (and its
> brethren) I think are making much more possible now than 6 yeas ago.  So
> now that I'm between jobs and again thinking about what I want to do when I
> grow up, I'm just catching up to see where things are, whats going on etc
> in that general direction (looks good!).
> thanks again!
>  -jrg
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