“Approximately 90% of organizations use open source software today” 1
Don't reinvent the wheel; leverage open source software to save millions in R&D spending.
Used by top tech companies. Compatible with most commercially available robotics.
Any capable development team can modify the software as needed.
Popular open source frameworks typically have had hundreds of developers review and perfect the code.
Tap into talent already using the industry standard, from universities and labs, to seasoned veterans.
Leverage a world-wide support network of developers using the software for a wide variety of applications and configurations.
A company can gain tremendous value from open source projects and the benefits far outweigh the limitations. You can keep your intellectual property secure and avoid concerns about paying licensing fees. There are some common best practices for how to leverage open source safely and effectively, which we've compiled into the following whitepaper.Download our Open Source Whitepaper
Formerly Open Source Robotics Foundation.
Develops the core ROS 1 and ROS 2 middleware plus Gazebo.
Develops common robot drivers
and many tools around manufacturing.
Develops MoveIt and many related
Develops autonomous cars and
self-driving mobility using ROS
PickNik is a for-profit company that provides professional services for open source robotics projects. This is actually in itself a huge benefit for these projects, as companies know that if they run into problems, they can turn to us for support, just as they would expect from traditional, closed source software.
We devote a significant portion of our company profits to further maintaining and improving open source robotics. We consider this as a significant part of our marketing budget, as we hope these open source projects continue to become more popular and drive further software development with PickNik.
We recognize that we must balance the needs of generating income with the needs of open source projects. We are careful to listen to and respect the open source communities of volunteers who are passionate about building great software.
PickNik provides engineering services for open source robotics software, from strategic contract development to ongoing support and consulting. We are ready to support your robotics software initiatives with ROS and other open source technologies.Learn more
1 "As Open-Source Adoption Skyrockets in Enterprise, Linux Addresses Ease of Use," Marlene Den Bleyker, SiliconANGLE, 2 June 2017.
2 “An executive’s guide to software development“ – McKinsey February 2017