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asked 2011-10-10 20:57:04 -0500

updated 2012-05-10 04:15:57 -0500

joq gravatar image

hi all,

I want to acquire images from a Bumblebee2 stereo camera device (IEEE1394 HW interface), in order to publish them , so they could be available for other nodes. Browsing the existing software at, I've found two packages that can be useful to do it:

So, my question is, can anyone give me an advice / comment about why using one package or the other ?

I'm using ROS-electric.

Thanks, community help is very valuable !

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answered 2011-12-11 23:29:12 -0500

Bram van de Klundert gravatar image

i have been using a slightly changed version of the bumblebee2 node. the changed i made to the node can be found in this answer:

these fixes work for diamondback, im not sure if they work under electric (it probably works unless some messages have changed by a lot).

(yes i know this is quite an old question, just posting for anyone with the same question)

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Electric should probably work, too. I don't recall any significant camera interface changes for that release.
joq gravatar image joq  ( 2011-12-12 00:50:11 -0500 )edit

answered 2011-10-12 00:50:47 -0500

Achim gravatar image

We tried both packages and had our problems with them. The result was, that we did not get our bumblebee running with any of this packages and created our own minimalistic ros node which uses the triclops software from point grey for most tasks and just publishes the resulting images in ROS.

I fear that is not really helpful, but that was our result... problems ranged from wrong DC image mode to not compatible with diamondback...

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Hello Achim, I was wondering if you could provide a link to the minimalistic ros node for bumblebee 2 that you mentioned in this answer. I would like to use it for a Autonomous Underwater Vehicle that I'm using the Bumblebee 2 with. Many thanks. =)

Lure_Angler gravatar image Lure_Angler  ( 2013-02-21 18:31:52 -0500 )edit

I fear that code is not open source. :( Also it has it's own issues... it's using the triclops libraries which tend to crash on 64bit systems.

Achim gravatar image Achim  ( 2013-02-21 20:41:54 -0500 )edit

answered 2011-10-11 14:38:48 -0500

joq gravatar image

I have no personal experience with either of these drivers. Maybe people with access to that camera can comment.

Neither looks very actively maintained in terms of documentation. They may both work. You'll probably want to check out both sources and decide what works best for you.

If you have trouble getting them compiled and running, ask follow-up questions here. Someone can probably help.

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