# Build of Win_Ros with Visual Studio 2013 for Kinect2 usage

Hello, I am going to use a Kinect 2 sensor with ROS. As for now Kinect 2 SDK is available on Windows 8, I thought on using ROS for windows to send some data to an Ubuntu computer which will use it. But right now, the win_ros package is built with visual studio 2010 and the Windows7 sdk. Looking around I have seen more people interested in the use of the Kinect 2 sensor, also thinking on the "Windows sending the Kinect data to Linux" solution, but I suppose that if it was done directly with ROS, this would simplify a lot of things.

I would like to ask if there is anyone who has the knowledge and may be interested in making a built to be used with the new versions of VS.

Thanks!

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( 2014-11-27 15:24:46 -0500 )edit

This one looks interesting, even though it looks quite similar to the rosserial-windows as suggested in the comment of tonybaltovski

( 2014-11-27 16:00:20 -0500 )edit

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Clearpath used rosserial_windows with the Kinect 2.0. Link

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Now, yours is a slightly fresher approach to the problem; So far I haven't seen anyone discussing Kinect2 on Windows with ROS.

You will see this answer here , from @BennyRe, stating that, indeed, there is no current support for Kinect2 on ROS, that some people is indeed capturing data on Windows and using on Linux, but all on Windows... As I said, nobody really discussed for a while.

The limitation seems to be on OpenNI, which usually handles Kinect data; They still haven't figured out how to make it "talk" to ROS. Protocol. So, my educated guess would be that THIS needs to be developed, platform-independent. Not quite sure if this is what you are proposing though.

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I have not much experience in using Kinect and ROS either, but what I was thinking about was making a Windows ROS node which used the Kinect 2 SDK (the one from Microsoft), and sent the data via some ros topic to the Linux computer.

( 2014-08-04 12:46:06 -0500 )edit

A group of students from university of Bremen have come up with the driver that works well on 12.04 and 14.04 meaning for both hydro and indigo. Here is the link to what they have done. It also has the link to their git repo. http://www.ros.org/news/2014/09/micro...

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I saw that but I've already have a lot of code in windows which would be hard to port right now (this is for my Msc thesis). Also, I need skeletal tracking and I think that libfreenect2 still does not provide this information (I'm not sure about it though).

( 2014-10-31 05:55:02 -0500 )edit

oogabooga did you get that to work. I am trying right now but stuck as in the post below. Maybe you can give me a hint? http://answers.ros.org/question/19848...

( 2014-11-27 15:23:07 -0500 )edit

( 2014-12-04 04:20:23 -0500 )edit

hmm don't know why. But it is resolved by now. I ended up using a Kinect XBox 360 (the old one)

( 2014-12-04 08:31:35 -0500 )edit

I managed to build win_ros with VS2013. Although i did it on WIndows7 my guess is that it should be similar on Windows8 as well. Check out my post:

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