VMX-pi transforms your Raspberry Pi 3 or Raspberry Pi Zero W into a reliable, real-time Robotics Controller or Vision/Motion Processor with integrated IMU & CAN-bus interface. VMX-pi + Raspberry Pi can perform both real-time robotic control and (via ROS) higher-layer Robot Position Tracking, Drivetrain path-planning and kinematics-based control – remotely accessed via Ethernet, Wifi or Bluetooth - at a groundbreaking low price of $159, available for sale on Christmas day, 2017.
For FIRST FRC teams, VMX-pi provides a Raspberry Pi power supply, allows access to navX-technology IMU data/timestamps to both RoboRIO (over USB) and Raspberry Pi (via libraries from C++, Java, C# and Python), and enables rapid development of Vision Processing that’s directly integrated with IMU, Motion Processing & timestamps, especially when using the VMX Robotics Toolkit (VMX-rtk). VMX-pi can also be used to monitor the robot CAN bus and interface to external sensors.
Note to FIRST FRC robotics teams: historically, VMX-pi’s Digital Output control functionality is not legal for use with actuators used in competition (e.g., servos, motors, relays, pneumatics) – but it’s great for building an off-season robot!
VMX Robotics Toolkit for Raspberry Pi is a suite of pre-built software tools/libraries for vision/motion processing and sensor fusion, including NetworkTables and OpenCV, as well as the Robot Operating System (Kinetic) and Raspbian Linux Operating System. VMX-rtk comes pre-installed on a high-quality 32GB Samsung EvoPlus micro-SD Class 10 Card, with extra room for storing on-board videos. Designed to save you time and frustration, VMX-rtk will be on sale for $29 at the Kauai Labs Store on January 6, 2018. Game-specific vision processing examples will follow after that.
And these existing products have software updates for the FRC2018 season:
navX-MXP is a mature, must-have navigation sensor and I/O expander for a FIRST FRC RoboRIO-based robot control system. Since 2015, well over a thousand FRC teams have purchased navX-MXP for drive-train navigation, including Einstein champion robots in the FRC 2016 & 2017 World Championship Finals, and the 2017 Festival of Champions.
SF2 is an open-source software framework making navX-MXP, navX-Micro and VMX-pi even more powerful - fusing multiple sensors together to help you build even better robots.
Available in LabVIEW, C++ and Java for the FIRST FRC RoboRIO, the current SF2 release enables Video Processing Latency Correction on FRC robots.