Makers have a new tool to add social capabilities to their robots. PocketBot by Tesseract Mobile now has the ability to interface with ROS (Robotic Operating System) using an Android device.
PocketBot, an Android app by Tesseract Mobile, is designed to connect to ROS (Robotic Operating System). It allows Makers to add social capabilities to their robots using their Android phones or tablets. The app can recognize faces and keep eye contact. It interacts with users through normal conversation/speech input. By interoperating with ROS using a standard robotic language/messaging interface, PocketBot connects to existing ROS mapping systems, navigation algorithms, path planning, robotic visualization tools and more. Pocketbot also adds telepresence abilities to robots using the WebRTC standard.
PocketBot had been used exclusively for internal research and development by Tesseract Mobile. They have since made PocketBot for ROS free to use and available for immediate download on the Google Play Store. Just follow this link: PocketBot
For more information on PocketBot, please visit http://pocketbot.io/ or http://wiki.ros.org/pocketbot.