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Starting Up Mini MaxwellDescription: This tutorial guides you step by step through starting the Mini Maxwell robot
Tutorial Level: BEGINNER
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Powering on Mini Maxwell
- Power on the laptop
- Plug in the Create
- Plug in the ArbotiX
- Push the power button on the Create, you should hear a single beep.
Start a roscore
Open a terminal window, and start roscore within it:
Launch Mini Maxwell
CTRL-SHIFT-T will get you another tab within the terminal program, in which you can run:
roslaunch mini_max_defs bringup.launch
Stopping the Robot
When you are done, you can type CTRL-C into each of your terminal windows. The roscore should be the last one shut down. After the launch file has finished, it is safe to unplug the USB adapters.
Under the Hood
If you open the bringup.launch file in a text editor, you'll notice that is an XML file specifying a number of programs (nodes) to start. The key ones are:
- kinect - The Kinect is a camera and depth sensor. We'll discuss this more in later tutorials.
- diagnostics, etc - We also launch a laptop_battery monitor and tools to handle diagnostics reporting.