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How can I setup skeleton tracking using a Kinect and ROS Indigo on Ubuntu 14.04?

asked 2015-07-23 11:33:39 -0600

ravit gravatar image

updated 2015-07-23 11:34:01 -0600

I read about openni_tracker, but that doesn't work with Indigo, so, I'm struck. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Same here, please any help will be appreciated!

marcobecerrap gravatar image marcobecerrap  ( 2015-10-29 15:07:21 -0600 )edit

hey buddy!!!!!!!! did u got any help ??? i also need to use this..

Arpitsoni gravatar image Arpitsoni  ( 2017-01-06 00:20:46 -0600 )edit

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answered 2015-11-05 18:59:08 -0600

It's not true that openni_tracker doesn't work on Indigo. What is true is that openni_tracker is not released as a debian package on Indigo i.e. as of right now, it can't be installed via apt-get. There have been some recent issues with properly releasing the package.

Note that the README for the package mentions that in newer versions you will need to install the NITE package separately before using the package. So your general steps are going to involve

  1. Downloading a NITE package and unzipping the archive
  2. Running the script as root to install the package
  3. Clone the openni_tracker repository into your ROS workspace src/ directory
  4. Run catkin_make to compile the package yourself.

If you run into compilation errors (ignore warnings about deprecated Xn functions), then you likely haven't installed the NITE package correctly. If openni_tracker builds, but it won't run for some reason, then you need to do some further debugging steps. Here are a few good resources:

  • Issue 9 on the openni_tracker GH page has some nice debugging tips
  • I wrote this answer a while ago that I often return to for advice
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I am currently trying to get openni_tracker to run. I just wanted to see what command is being used to run openni_tracker. I am trying to run it with rosrun openni_tracker openni_tracker but this returns that it can't find an executable.

Inder gravatar image Inder  ( 2015-11-13 10:14:11 -0600 )edit

That's the right command. Likely, either you don't have your environment/workspace setup correctly (have you sourced the setup.bash?), or you haven't successfully built the openni_tracker package with catkin_make.

jarvisschultz gravatar image jarvisschultz  ( 2015-11-13 12:13:57 -0600 )edit

Gracias!!!!!! Thanks!!!!!!!

G212 gravatar image G212  ( 2015-12-16 23:43:33 -0600 )edit

hi, I get the same problem,it says it is not executable. So have you worked it our?

liyan9562 gravatar image liyan9562  ( 2016-03-06 22:52:40 -0600 )edit

hi... i also want to use openni_tracker feature with ros indigo... but while running : rosrun openni_tracker openni_tracker, it says Can't create any node of the requested type!.... please help

Arpitsoni gravatar image Arpitsoni  ( 2017-01-06 00:34:10 -0600 )edit

answered 2015-11-05 15:29:17 -0600

carlos20nh gravatar image

please any help will be appreciated!

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Please don't add an answer that is not an answer. Either add a comment, or open a new question.

jarvisschultz gravatar image jarvisschultz  ( 2015-11-05 16:25:19 -0600 )edit

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