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asked 2016-03-10 01:58:28 -0600

Reza1984 gravatar image

updated 2016-03-10 02:09:15 -0600


I would like to send a message to arduino serial monitor, here is my code

#include <ros.h>
#include <sensor_msgs/LaserScan.h>

void Callback_laser(const sensor_msgs::LaserScan& scan)
   Serial.print("Hello = :");

   ros::NodeHandle nh;
   ros::Subscriber<sensor_msgs::LaserScan> laser_subscriber("scan", &Callback_laser);

void setup() {




void loop() {


but nothing will appear in serial monitor!

Could you please tell me what is the problem with my code?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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When I put Serial.print("Hello = :"); inside void loop() I can see the message, but I cannot see any message when it's inside callback

Reza1984 gravatar image Reza1984  ( 2016-03-10 02:12:26 -0600 )edit

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answered 2016-03-14 10:32:12 -0600

alee gravatar image

updated 2016-03-14 10:33:28 -0600

What Arduino are you using? Depending on your Arduino, it might only have one serial port and as @martin-peris said, Serial might interfere with rosserial if you only have one line. On a Mega with 4 lines it might work, but definitely not on an Uno with only one line.

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Thanks, the main issue was the Arduino couldn't read large messages with high publishing rate. Instead of sending sensor_msgs::LaserScan I sent std_msgs::Float32 message with low publish rate and could see the messages in Arduino Uno.

Reza1984 gravatar image Reza1984  ( 2016-03-15 02:23:36 -0600 )edit

Can you make a new answer and accept it as correct?

alee gravatar image alee  ( 2016-03-15 09:48:42 -0600 )edit

answered 2016-03-10 02:04:56 -0600

updated 2016-03-10 02:12:00 -0600

I have never used rosserial_arduino, but I used arduinos before, have you initialized the object Serial?

Somewhere inside the setup() function should be a line like:


Hope this helps


Forget about what I said before. I don't think using Serial.print is a good idea as it might interfere with ROS's communication. Have you tried blinking the LED instead?

digitalWrite(13, HIGH-digitalRead(13));   // blink the led

You should see the LED blinking quite fast

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Thanks, I forgot to add it here. I edited my question.

Reza1984 gravatar image Reza1984  ( 2016-03-10 02:09:53 -0600 )edit

I put that command in callback the LED was just off but when put in void loop() it start blinking. Seems the callback function is not executed.

Reza1984 gravatar image Reza1984  ( 2016-03-10 02:23:30 -0600 )edit

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