We’re updating the NavAbility Cloud!

We're updating the NavAbility Cloud!

In preparation for our tutorials at ICRA2022 (join us on May 27th in person or by remote on Gather.Town!) NavAbility is excited to announce the deployment of our first official production environment of NavAbility Cloud. Our mission is to enable more vibrant robotics automation and this is an important step in empowering our community with a reliable, stable, and secure NavAbility Cloud.

These changes will enable exciting upcoming features such as automated calibration, big data integration, and simplified user authentication. More to follow as we release these features!

Timeframe and Affected Services

The deployment will begin at 8:00pm PST on April 14, 2022. You may experience some instability of existing environments during the deployment as we cut various services over into production.

Once the deployment is complete, we will announce it in ‘general_help’ on the NavAbility Slack channel. After that announcement, you should switch to using NavAbility Cloud via the following URLs:
https://app.navability.io
https://api.navability.io

As a consequence of this deployment, we will be asking our existing users to recreate their user accounts. Please go to https://app.navability.io, click login and then sign up. If you need your existing data migrated to your new account, please email us at support@navability.io by May 13, 2022.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we take this milestone step in our journey.

New YouTube video: Easily using camera data for navigation and localization

New YouTube video: Easily using camera data for navigation and localization

You have a camera on your robot… but now what?

We’re starting the discussion on how to convert camera data into information that can be used for navigation and localization.

Next up: Loop closures and why that’s the crux of a robust navigation solution!

References:
* Edwin Olson’s AprilTags paper: https://april.eecs.umich.edu/media/pdfs/olson2011tags.pdf
* C/C++ library: https://github.com/AprilRobotics/apriltag
* A Python library: https://github.com/duckietown/lib-dt-apriltags
* Julia library: https://github.com/JuliaRobotics/AprilTags.jl

We’re all learning here, so please feel free to comment about other good wrappers of the AprilTags library!

New YouTube video: Factor graphs and their importance in robotics

New YouTube video: Factor graphs and their importance in robotics

We promised to have a conversation on all things robotics, and a great place to start that conversation is on factor graphs. This is the topic of your second video on the NavAbility YouTube channel, which is embedded below.

We also love communication, so If you have a topic in mind please comment on the videos or email us at info@navability.io.

Announcing our YouTube channel on all things robotics!

Announcing our YouTube channel and Livestream on all things robotics!

We’re excited to announce our NavAbility YouTube channel on all things robotics!

We’ll dive into interesting topics about robots, sensors, navigation, and coordination – the “what to expect when you’re expecting a robot” for everyone from commercial users through to home hobbyists. Jim will also be doing a YouTube Live stream to discuss the last video, answer questions, and talk about industry news.

Subscribe the NavAbility YouTube channel to follow us as we release these discussions. We also love communication, so If you have a topic in mind please comment on the videos or email us at info@navability.io.