SRI International have announced the release of version 1.1 of the Karto Software Development Kit (SDK) for mobile robot navigation. In addition to improving Karto’s performance, the new release adds two new modules to the robotic navigation suite:
The Visual Odometer module of the SDK enables a robot to use only a single stereo camera as input to maintain its relative position. This module does not require any information about the environment, nor does it require any input other than the stereo camera. The localization is a full 3D localization (X,Y,Z and the three rotation angles). This module works best outdoor.
Karto’s Network module provides basic remote data transmission to our mapping module. It allows a robot to send its odometry data and laser readings over the network to be processed by a SLAM server. The main application of this module is to enable a very simple robot that does not have sufficient computation power to offload the mapping computation. This module contains both the API for the server and client sides.
SRI International has worked hard to improve the performance of the existing modules of the Karto SDK. We have measured speed gains of 10 times or greater on some of our tests. Speed improvements will vary depending on the system configuration.
Based on customer requests, new functionalities were added to the mapper including:
The Karto 1.1 update is free to existing Karto licensees.