Robotic Submarine Running Debian Wins International Competition (debian-news.net)
Posted Oct 12, 2009 17:16 UTC (Mon) by qg6te2
Parent article: Robotic Submarine Running Debian Wins International Competition (debian-news.net)
... pass through a gate, follow a path, ram a submerged buoy, fire through a square target with small torpedoes, drop markers into bins containing simulated targets, recover a PVC target and surface through an octagon shape, all without human intervention
Is that all? After designing & implementing this system, what do we do with the rest of the afternoon ? Seriously, that's a seriously nice achievement, which no doubt has been made at least in part possible through the flexibility and expanse of open source tools, leveraged by many smart people working on pattern recognition and computer vision algorithms.
The tools and the OS environment may seem blase to a random person off the street, or even people well versed with open source, however it must not be understated that trying to do something like this with closed source software can be, and often is, extremely time and resource consuming -- why reinvent the wheel when one can "stand on the shoulders of giants", so to speak ?
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