• Eliahu Khalastchi, Phd. Research Scientist

Try Nimbus On Your Laptop

Did you know that you can try Nimbus even if you don’t have a robot?


Well… you can! And I’m not just talking about running a simulated robot (you can also do that in Nimbus, obviously) I’m talking about turning your own laptop into a “robot” and run cool stuff on it using Nimbus.


Here is a video tutorial on how to do it step by step:

Basically, you need to do 3 things:

  • Install the Nimbus Agent

  • Define your device in 3D (don’t worry, it is as simple as π)

  • Define the robot’s behavior with some cool image processing components (that doesn’t even require a GPU!)

When you add a new robot you’ll get an installation string you can just copy and paste to your Linux terminal and let Nimbus do all the rest.

When your “robot” is online click on it and go to -> Configuration


Congratulations, you are at step B!


See how easy it is to build a configuration (01:32 in the tutorial)

OR just go to the public configurations and use the one I made for you,

look for the configuration:

Try Nimbus On Your Laptop Configuration on Nimbus Hub->Filter by Configurations -> Page 2 -> try_nimbus_on_your_laptop_configuration

Let’s review the different components and their interactions (see the following figure).


The component in red is the webcam driver. It outputs a raw uncompressed image (image_raw). This output is the input of 3 different components. At the top, you’ll find the openvino-cpu-detection. This component wraps an algorithm that uses a Neural-Network to detect objects. It outputs an image where different objects are labeled with text and bounding boxes. This output is connected to the image-to-image-compressed component that, as you can imagine, compresses the image to reduce bandwidth.


Next is the hands-pose-detection component which outputs an image with hand skeleton recognition. Such components are useful for gesture detection which can communicate different instructions to a robot.


At the bottom, you’ll find the circle-detection component which outputs an image with the biggest circle detected in the image. Such components are useful for tracking items such as balls. You can easily write a behavior that tells the robot to follow a ball or to forage balls etc.

You are ready to have some fun!


Deploy the configuration. Wait for it to install - you can see the progress in the Overview tab of the robot’s dashboard. Now hit the Streams tab and view the different image streams.

So there you go. You’ve configured the robot, and as you can imagine you can tell the robot to view some gestures that tell it to follow you or to stop and maybe to follow a ball and so on…


Once you have a robot you're very welcome to view our video tutorials and learn more.


Have fun!



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