In recent years a continuous effort to foster robot-ics at the earliest stages of education is reported. Robots’ code and hardware are subjected to licensing, a fact that places manufacturers on the top of the beneficiaries of this new trend. Hence, open-source robotics (OSR) enter the mainstream, to enable rapid development on a lower budget. This paper provides an overview of the up-to-date commercial OSR platforms that can support education, in terms of hardware, software and simula-tors. Extensibility and applicability are investigated, and comparison of features takes place. Future challenges and possibilities are also discussed.
E. Vrochidou, M. Manios, G. A. Papakostas, C. N. Aitsidis, F. Panagiotopoulos, “Open-source robotics: investigation on existing platforms and their application in education”, Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Software, Telecommunications and Computer Networks (SoftCOM 2018), Symposium on: Robotic and ICT assisted wellbeing, Split, Croatia, 13-15 September 2018