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TurtleBot3 is a robot specifically developed to teach the Robot Operating System (ROS), a popular platform with academic researchers and industrial developers. The robot comes in two flavours, the Burger and the Waffle. The Burger, based on the Raspberry Pi 3, is the cheaper version, at US$550. The Waffle, larger and more expensive (US$1,800), is built around Intel’s Joule 570x Compute Module. The ROS involves a steep learning curve; this isn’t the kind of robot you buy just to have fun. You must be willing to put in the time and effort to learn ROS along with advanced robotics and computer science concepts. TurtleBot3’s architecture is modular and scalable, meaning that you can easily upgrade parts of it and eventually add optional features like arms and grippers.

IEEE Spectrum, “The TurtleBot3 Teacher.”


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