Advanced Understanding

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Learning: Foundations, Advanced Understanding, Projects and Tools (Do More), Configuration and Admin

Conceptual Overviews

The Baxter Research Robot platform consists of robot hardware, software (delivered via the software development kit (SDK)), and a number of communication tools to link like minded researchers (this wiki included!). A conceptual overview for the basic components to the platform can be found in this section.

High-level Overview


At it's core, the Baxter Research Robot platform is a robot - Baxter is the star! This section highlights the hardware features found in Baxter, with specific pages dedicated to all of Baxter's components.

Robot Components

Component Guides & Tasks

Arm Control Systems


New SDK software releases are the quickest and easiest way for us to deliver new features and upgrades to the Baxter platform. We have been releasing new SDK software on a regular interval since we launched v0.5.2 (alpha) 3/26/13, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Links to previous releases and our most current release can be found in this section.

SDK Software & Releases


There are two ways to get access to Baxter's internal CPU without going through the development workstation, the Field Service Menu, and a Secure Shell. These methods are described in this section.

System Services


In the reference section, you will find basic information about the Baxter platform, including interfaces, libraries, and hardware specifications. This is a great place to familiarize yourself with the platform.


Libraries, Tools Pages

Hardware Specs