Rosserial_arduino: Ok with Float32MultiArray, not with Int32MultiArray [closed]

asked 2014-12-09 10:54:51 -0500

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Hello, I am new to both Arduino and ROS.

I have connected 3 IR detectors (E18-D50NK) to my Arduino Mega 2560. I am using ROS-Indigo, standard installation on ubuntu

Here is the sketch I have uploaded:

#include <ros.h>
#include <std_msgs/Float32MultiArray.h>

std_msgs::Float32MultiArray obstacles_and_holes_msg;
ros::Publisher pub_obstacles_and_holes("obstacles_and_holes", &obstacles_and_holes_msg);
ros::NodeHandle nh;

// IR detectors
#define INFRA_NUM 3
#define INFRA_LATENCY 100
const int INFRA_Pins[INFRA_NUM] = {A0, A1, A2};

void setup()
  nh.initNode();                                               // ROS node publisher initialization
  obstacles_and_holes_msg.data_length = 3;                    // length of the message (8 IR detectors and 6 sonars)

long publisher_timer;

void loop()
    if (millis() > publisher_timer) {
      for(int i = 0; i<INFRA_NUM; ++i) {[i] = digitalRead(INFRA_Pins[i]);
      publisher_timer = millis() + 1000;
      pub_obstacles_and_holes.publish( &obstacles_and_holes_msg );

As such, everything work: my rostopic terminal prints this every second if the sensors detects nothing:

dim: []   data_offset: 0 
data: [1.0,1.0, 1.0]

However, when I replace Float32MultiArray by Int32MultiArray (to save memory), there's the following bug: rostopic always prints "0" for the first sensor.

Thank you in advance for your advices,

Best regards,


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