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Publishing Point Cloud pcl::PointXYZ

asked 2014-07-23 14:45:22 -0500

mattc12345 gravatar image

updated 2014-07-23 16:15:09 -0500


I'm already using a variable of the type pcl::PointCloud<pcl::pointxyz>::Ptr called grasp_points that I'd like to publish. I tried to follow this example:

Here's what I have for code:

typedef pcl::PointCloud<pcl::PointXYZ> PCLCloud;
ros::Publisher graspub = n.advertise<PCLCloud> ("grasp_points", 100);
ros::Rate loop_rate(10);

I also initialize ROS and the node n, and the code compiles fine. I can tell that the delay is working. But when I check rostopic list, only rosout and rosout_agg are listed. There must be something I didn't include in my code. Does anyone know what it is? Thanks!

EDIT: It might be a problem with the type. grasp_points is acutally a pcl::PointCloud<pcl::pointxyz>::Ptr {aka boost::shared_ptr<pcl::pointcloud<pcl::pointxyz> >}

I also have a variables of the types std::vector<pcl::pointxyz> and pcl::visualization::PointCloudColorHandlerCustom<pcl::pointxyz>. Would I be able to publish either of those?

EDIT 2: Okay, I found the data stored as floats, so I can just publish those.

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what is data type of grasp_points ?

bvbdort gravatar image bvbdort  ( 2014-07-23 16:40:56 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-07-23 21:05:09 -0500

sai gravatar image

updated 2014-07-23 21:06:53 -0500

You should probably use

 typedef pcl::PointCloud<pcl::PointXYZ> PCLCloud;
 ros::Publisher graspub = n.advertise<PCLCloud> ("grasp_points", 100);
 ros::Rate loop_rate(10);

Check the * added to the grasp_points and the order of the lines.

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