What software can I use to play around with articulated robots?

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  • meshcat

    Remotely-controllable 3D viewer, built on top of three.js

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  • pinocchio

    A fast and flexible implementation of Rigid Body Dynamics algorithms and their analytical derivatives

  • Drake and Pinocchio both use the Python interface to Meshcat as an option for visualizing robots, and they can both do the forward kinematics and have visualizer components that place the visual meshes properly relative to the computed frames, but both of those are full-fledged and complex kinematics and dynamics libraries for contact-rich interaction (and more), so the API calls to get a model set up are doing a lot more than providing a visual model you can feed joint angles to.

  • meshcat-python

    WebGL-based 3D visualizer for Python

  • Drake and Pinocchio both use the Python interface to Meshcat as an option for visualizing robots, and they can both do the forward kinematics and have visualizer components that place the visual meshes properly relative to the computed frames, but both of those are full-fledged and complex kinematics and dynamics libraries for contact-rich interaction (and more), so the API calls to get a model set up are doing a lot more than providing a visual model you can feed joint angles to.

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