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Empty transforms using Robot State Publisher

asked 2015-09-12 15:16:45 -0600

kritchie gravatar image

Hi guys,

I'm trying to broadcast moving joint states using my robot state publisher. I echoed the topic on which I broadcast my state, all I get is :

transforms: []

Here's my code section responsible for broadcasting the state :

auto transforms = std::map<std::string, double>();
        while (publish) {
            transforms.insert(std::make_pair("base_link", controller->getJointCurrentAngle(
            transforms.insert(std::make_pair("joint_1", controller->getJointCurrentAngle(
            transforms.insert(std::make_pair("joint_2", controller->getJointCurrentAngle(
            transforms.insert(std::make_pair("joint_3", controller->getJointCurrentAngle(

When I use publishFixedTransform("") instead of publishTransforms, I get my transforms correctly published to the topic, but I cannot move them since I use a KDL tree from an URDF file to create my robot model.

Do you guys have any tip of what I'm doing wrong ?

Thanks !

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Did you find an answer to your issue, I am in the same situation and cannot figure this out... Joints are published, but transforms are empty, subscriptions are all correct: robot->joints->robot_state_publisher->tf.

Solenoid gravatar image Solenoid  ( 2016-08-19 05:17:09 -0600 )edit

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answered 2015-09-13 02:34:50 -0600

gvdhoorn gravatar image

Out of curiosity (and not an answer): any particular reason that you are trying to directly publish TF frames in this way? Typical setups publish JointState msgs, and the robot_state_publisher then does all the hard work. That would seem to make things much easier (but adds a node).

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