The Role ROS Takes in Robotics


In recent years, robotics research has made tremendous progress in the application of robotics. Hardware and software are becoming more sophisticated, leading to the construction of commercial drones, self-driving cars, and 4-legged robots with coordination and dexterity. But these advances in technology require effective operating systems and this is why Robotic Operating Systems play such an important role.

Understanding ROS

 ROS is not just an operating system but a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) that serves as a structure for communication between components that run robot software. According to the Open Source Robotics Foundation, ROS is a user-friendly collection of tools and libraries that are adaptable, reusable and work to simplify the creation of complex robotic software. Like any SOA, ROS oversees a system’s hardware and applications, but what sets ROS apart is its open-source structure which makes it a popular solution for developers. ROS can also simplify communications within a network separate from outside factors such as hardware or other programs.

Future Application of ROS

 The sophistication of robotic technology has evolved to create machine learning and automation and it’s based on the seamless integration of powerful ROS with hardware. The self-driving car industry has taken advantage of ROS’s ability to quickly pull data from a car’s sensors, internalize the data, and create a response.

The International Federation of Robotics published research saying that in 2015 there were 253,748 industrial-use robots and this number is expected to grow by 11.8% by 2025. ROS has established itself as an integral part of industrial robotics through its advanced and innovative applications.

Tomahawk Robotics’ Kinesis is an example of ROS-powered technology. Our control software is designed for situations that can be dangerous to human life. Kinesis uses powerful ROS to simplify communication between independent systems, like controllers, sensors, and communication networks.