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While in robot lab have focused on the simulation side of the subject. Simulators can be sepereted into two groups based on their software licence. Currently the most developed open source simulator is player/stage/gazebo. They are the most widely used robotics simulation software available. There are not many other open source simulators available on modern computing platforms.

I spent the first three or four weeks trying to install player, stage, and gazebo as well as looking at some of the other options available to students for simulation of robotics. Once I installed and learned to use ROS i found that it was not necessary to install player, stage, and gazebo if your going to use ros because ros will do the work for you.

  1. Open Source Simulators
    1. installing player

      If you are going to use stage or gazebo you must first install player. Player is essentially software which allows your computer to communicate with your robot, interoperate its sensor output, and give it commands to move. When used with stage or gazebo it allows you to

    2. installing stage
    3. installing gazebo
    4. ros

      1. install player in ros
      2. install stage in ros
      3. install gazebo in ros
      4. building robots with URDF
      5. building robots with XACRO