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how can i install phidgets_ros package in groovy?

asked 2014-01-07 21:29:22 -0600

chao gravatar image

updated 2014-01-07 22:26:34 -0600

Hi, i need to read the data from a 3M Model 800 RFID reader. From this page:http://wiki.ros.org/phidgets_ros/Tutorials/Testing%20a%20Phidget%20RFID%20Reader it is stated that i would need RFIDscan.py from phidgets_ros package. But i can't find a proper package with RFIDscan.py in it. Please help.

I have tried the following packages, but no help:

In http://wiki.ros.org/phidgets_ros, it is stated that i only need either phidgets_py_api and foote-ros-pkg/phidgets/phidgetspp_c_api, how can i get them?

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answered 2014-01-07 22:39:03 -0600

updated 2014-01-07 22:39:32 -0600

I think you're trying to use the wrong driver. 3M is a different vendor than Phidgets, so there's probably no sense in trying to make the phidgets_ros driver work. Also, that would probably mean some work, since that package is ancient (no updates since 2010).

One thing I can tell you is that phidgets_drivers has nothing to do with phidgets_ros. It currently only provides drivers for the Phidgets IMU and IR sensors, not the RFID reader.

But, as I said, you're trying to use the wrong driver anyway.

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i have been worrying about that, just trying my luck, cause that is the only package related to RFID so far. and i had difficulties getting the device recognized. Just checking, if i manage to get the device by any chance, would i be able to read the tags without any driver (as in 3M is shown as ttyUSB)? cause i am using a serial232 to usb converter, which i think ros is able to recognise, and read the data via the converter?

chao gravatar image chao  ( 2014-01-07 23:29:38 -0600 )edit

If you get ttyUSB running, it shouldn't be too hard to write your own ROS driver (i.e., a ROS node that reads from ttyUSB, converts that data into some ROS message format and publishes it). There are probably good examples of ROS nodes that already do that.

Martin Günther gravatar image Martin Günther  ( 2014-01-08 00:39:21 -0600 )edit

noted, thanks for your prompt reply. hopefully i can get it works. thanks alot :)

chao gravatar image chao  ( 2014-01-08 00:44:39 -0600 )edit

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