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I am very pleased to announce that V-REP has recently added support for OMPL. OMPL is now the recommended way to perform motion planning in V-REP.

The V-REP platform is a modular, generic and general purpose robot simulation framework that offers various tools related to robotics (4 physics engines, collision detection, minimum distance calculation, proximity sensor simulation, vision sensor simulation, full FK/IK kinematic solver, etc.), with various kinds of interfaces (ROS, remote API, plug-ins, add-ons) and language support: C/C++, Python, Java, Matlab, Octave, Lua. It is built on a distributed control architecture, allowing virtually any number of scripts running in parallel and controlling various aspects of a simulation. The OMPL interface for V-REP was implemented via a plug-in wrapping the OMPL functionality, and offering that functionality via scripting functions. This allows to quickly test various scenarios, without the need to recompile/load test code over and over again. In combination with V-REP’s kinematic functionality, complex movement sequences can easily be computed: e.g. V-REP can also quickly compute several valid robot configurations for a desired end-effector pose.

This is the latest robotics software package to add support for OMPL. Other packages include ROS/MoveIt!, OpenRAVE, MORSE, Kautham, VEROSIM, and others. A more detailed description of the integration between these packages and OMPL is described here.