I'm planning on building a robot using Microchip PIC 16-bit MCUs, which I'm familiar with, and for which I have supporting hardware (demo boards, programmer, debugger, etc). After spending hours online understanding the open-source robotics scene, I've understood that most robotics projects aim to create robots that drive around, hear spoken commands, speak, and the like. I'm currently looking at something a lot simpler. My robot simply needs to read some sensors and move some motors. Is there an online library of open-source building blocks such as motor control, sensor interface, etc, that I can easily utilize on my current hardware? (PIC 24/32 or dsPIC). Obviously the Arduino scene has a lot of more code that can be reused, but I'm not planning on using an Arduino. Or should I? Tell me your views. Any advice is appreciated.
The Derbot robot from University of Derby UK uses PIC Microprocessors for motor and sensors. I purchased the book Designing Embedded Systems with PIC Microcontrollers which uses the Derbot and PIC as examples. I purchased the Derbot kit direct from the author of the book. The Derbot uses Pumpkin Salvo Realtime OS which is interfaced from C++. I am currently looking at ROS Robot Operating System capability and how hard to send messages to the Pumkin OS.