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iotbot 0.1.0



This package comprises a ROS interface for EduArt's Eduard-Plattform, aka IOTbot. It includes two kinematic concepts: Mecanum steering and skid steering. Both can be used in dependency of the mounted wheels.


Installation on IOT2050 Devices with Debian Buster from Scratch

apt update
apt upgrade
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb buster main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros-latest.list'
apt-key adv --keyserver 'hkp://' --recv-key C1CF6E31E6BADE8868B172B4F42ED6FBAB17C654
apt update
apt install ros-noetic-ros-base ros-noetic-joy git
echo "source /opt/ros/noetic/setup.bash" >> ~/.bashrc 
source /opt/ros/noetic/setup.bash
mkdir -p catkin_ws/src
cd catkin_ws/src/
git clone
cd ..

Additionally, the UART interface needs to be configured with


Configure I/O to use UART RX & TX pins. Reboot the device:


Launching the Robot

In order to run the robot, you need to launch the appropriate launch file. In the launch folder, there are four prepared templates. Choose the right kinematic concept and the right motor variant (basic or performance).

roslaunch src/iotbot/launch/skid_performance.launch

When everthing is initialized well, one should see the following output:

[ WARN] [1628772862.880453339]: Lag detected ... deactivate motor control

This is not a bug, but a feature, since the robot will stop immediately, if no frequent communication with a controlling node is established.

Please notice also, that the ROS variables ROS_MASTER_URI, ROS_HOSTNAME and ROS_IP should be set properly. If you have a changing IP-address of the robot, you might consider to use the following bash code in your ~/.bashrc:

MYIP=`hostname -I | awk '{print $1}'`
export ROS_MASTER_URI=http://${MYIP}:11311
export ROS_IP=${MYIP}

Steering with Joystick Extreme 3D Pro

Install the ROS joy interface on your host machine, if you have an Extreme 3D Pro.

sudo apt install ros-noetic-joy

After installation, ensure to have configured the ROS communication well:

export ROS_MASTER_URI=http://<IP_OF_IOTBOT>:11311
export ROS_IP=<HOST_IP>

Finally, launch the joy node as follows:

rosrun joy joy_node _autorepeat_rate:=10

The output of warnings on the IOT2050 device should stop and the IOTbot can be steered. Please find the button and axis mapping of the joystick below:

Button Function
F1 Beam light
F2 Warning light
F3 Flash left
F4 Flash right
F5 Rotational light
F6 Running light
F11 Enable robot

Important: The robot must be enabled, before it will move!

Axis Function
y (0) Move left/right
x (1) Move for-/backward
z (2) Turn left/right
3 Throttle

Frontlight Taillight

Steering with Keyboard

For the IOTbot, a minimalistic GUI is provided, that enables the steering with the keyboard. For installation and usage, please visit the following repository:


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