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Can an IRDAR (IR Range Finder) be used with SLAM and gmapping to make a map of the surrounding? [closed]

asked 2016-03-06 00:33:41 -0500

mukut_noob gravatar image

Hello, I am just a noob in ROS and I need your help. LIDARS are very costly in India and they are mostly not available so is the case for a Microsoft Kinect, it is available but costly, so can the IR range finder from SHARP (SHARP IR RANGE FINDER GP2YOA21YKOF) with my RPI 2 be used? Heres the link...

Thanks for ur help in advance, im very sorry to disturb u asking such stupid questions but it be great if u could help me.

Best Regards, Mukut

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answered 2016-03-06 01:18:04 -0500

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Yes, it appears to be possible (although rather slow) to use an IR sensor for mapping and navigation, as described in this blog post:

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okk...thnx....and can u suggest me a ros distro that i shall use on my pi? and run raspbian or ubuntu 14.04 on my pi....can u help?

mukut_noob gravatar image mukut_noob  ( 2016-03-06 05:34:54 -0500 )edit

ROS is supported on ARM on Ubuntu 14.04, so I strongly recommend running Ubuntu 14.04

ahendrix gravatar image ahendrix  ( 2016-03-06 15:22:22 -0500 )edit

Thanks very much ahendrix....can u tell me a way to know the odometry? shall i use a wheel encoder? can u help me?

mukut_noob gravatar image mukut_noob  ( 2016-03-08 07:25:41 -0500 )edit

Yes; you can use wheel encoders for odometry. The specifics are fairly detailed, and warrant a new question. (There are also LOTS of good resources online)

ahendrix gravatar image ahendrix  ( 2016-03-08 12:59:21 -0500 )edit

Ahendrix....can u give me a link for downloading an image with ROS indigo for rpi2? Coz it's quite a difficult job to get it done from source....and u know how slow is the internet over here in India and hence takes a hell lot of time....

mukut_noob gravatar image mukut_noob  ( 2016-03-17 09:36:34 -0500 )edit

I don't own a raspberry Pi 2 and don't have an image for you. I STRONGLY recommend that you use Ubuntu 14.04 and the UbuntuARM instructions instead of building from source:

ahendrix gravatar image ahendrix  ( 2016-03-17 12:48:30 -0500 )edit

This has gotten pretty off-topic. If you have more questions that are not about IRDAR, please ask a new question.

ahendrix gravatar image ahendrix  ( 2016-03-17 12:49:17 -0500 )edit

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