[robotics-worldwide] Robot Simulator V-REP now open source

Marc Freese marc at coppeliarobotics.com
Tue Jan 22 01:30:34 PST 2013

Dear robotics community,

We are happy to announce that the V-REP robot simulator is now open 
source. As of now, it is also fully free and without any limitation for 
students, teachers, professors, schools and universities. No 
registration required.

Moreover, V-REP is now available for customization and sub-licensing.

V-REP is the Swiss army knife among robot simulators: you won't find a 
simulator with more features and functions, or a more elaborate API:

- Cross-platform: Windows, Mac OSX and Linux (32 & 64 bit)
- Open source: full source code downloadable and compilable. Precompiled 
binaries also available for each platform
- 6 programming approaches: embedded scripts, plugins, add-ons, ROS 
nodes, remote API clients, or custom solutions
- 6 programming languages: C/C++, Python, Java, Lua, Matlab, and Urbi
- API: more than 400 different functions
- ROS: >100 services, >30 publisher types, >25 subscriber types, extendable
- Importers/exporters: URDF, COLLADA, DXF, OBJ, 3DS, STL
- 2 Physics engines: ODE and Bullet
- Kinematic solver: IK and FK for ANY mechanism, can also be embedded on 
your robot
- Interference detection: calculations between ANY meshes. Very fast
- Minimum distance calculation: calculations between ANY meshes. Very fast
- Path planning: holonomic in 2-6 dimensions and non-holonomic for 
car-like vehicles
- Vision sensors: includes built-in image processing, fully extendable
- Proximity sensors: very realistic and fast (minimum distance within a 
detection volume)
- User interfaces: built-in, fully customizable (editor included)
- Robot motion library: fully integrated Reflexxes Motion Library type 4
- Data recording and visualisation: time graphs, X/Y graphs or 3D curves
- Shape edit modes: includes a semi-automatic primitive shape extraction 
- Dynamic particles: simulation of water- or air-jets
- Model browser: includes drag-and-drop functionality, also during 
- Other: Multi-level undo/redo, movie recorder, convex decomposition, 
simulation of paint, exhaustive documentation, etc.

For more information, please visit http://www.coppeliarobotics.com or 
have a look at following demo video:


Best regards,


Dr. Marc Freese
Coppelia Robotics / V-REP
Mobile: +41 79 830 83 56
marc at coppeliarobotics.com

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