SRI International has announced the release of version 1.1 of their Karto Software Development Kit (SDK). Karto SDK is software designed to enable robotic navigation and mapping, and incorporates a series of advanced algorithms for high-accuracy mapping and autonomous navigation and exploration.
This update adds two new modules to the robot navigation suite: a visual odometer module and a network module.
The visual odometer enables a robot to use a single stereo camera as input to maintain relative position.
The network module provides basic remote data transmission to the mapping module allowing a robot to send its odometry data and laser readings over a network.
"This new version of the Karto Software Development Kit offers users a faster navigation module with improved functions and speed gains of 10 times or more compared to earlier versions," said Regis Vincent, Ph.D., program manager in the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI International, in a release.