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Distance measurements and tf

asked 2011-07-14 05:14:32 -0600

Poseidonius gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:10:03 -0600

ngrennan gravatar image

Hi everyone,

I monitor a small robot with a number of external distance sensors. The sensors are implemented as ROS nodes publishing their results. Now I want to integrate a mechanism that allows a transformation of the measurements related to a known position of the sensor. Short

Distance measurements + Sensor Position = correct representation in the world

I guess their exists a solution for this problem in ROS?

Best wishes from Germany


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answered 2011-07-14 20:48:27 -0600

Miguel Prada gravatar image

updated 2011-07-19 07:50:03 -0600

Best way is probably to use URDF and robot_state_publisher to define and publish your robot description, including sensor location, to tf.

Then, if you publish your sensor data using one of the message types with a built-in rviz display (e.g. sensor_msgs/Range) you will be able to easily visualize it on 3D.

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There's also a Range datatype defined in sensor_msgs for which there are rviz visualizers in the nxt packages and soon will be built into rviz.
tfoote gravatar image tfoote  ( 2011-07-19 05:09:03 -0600 )edit

answered 2011-07-14 07:53:24 -0600

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As you've already noticed, tf is the tool you want. Define frames for your various items, publish the transforms between them, and you're good to go. See the tf tutorials.

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dornhege gravatar image dornhege  ( 2011-07-14 09:37:18 -0600 )edit

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