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Fotonic depth camera in ROS

asked 2016-05-30 17:19:03 -0600

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Hi guys,

I'm now trying to use a Fotonic depth camera in ROS and the camera is not covered by ROS. They do have a Linux API and they already provide some SDK for me.

It seems that I have to write a driver on my own, but I have no experience on this. Anyone has written this driver before? Or is there any where that I can learn how to start my work?

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answered 2016-12-14 04:41:12 -0600

dagarzonr gravatar image

Hi! There is a ROS implementation but it has some issues related to memory leaks and filter tuning.

Hope this helps. I will try to improve this package at late January.

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answered 2017-03-16 21:47:16 -0600

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updated 2017-06-15 18:01:36 -0600

Thanks for your answer. I've finish mine in June 2016. Here is my own work. I pushed it on GitHub recently. It publishes the ROS topic in 30Hz. Hope I can help other people.

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Hi, thanks for the work! A question: have you ever met the problem of NOT able to retrieve the point cloud? The device closed due to a error saying 'Error in header retrieval', I am not sure whether I have to change some part of the code to make this work?

boooooosh gravatar image boooooosh  ( 2017-07-25 13:53:22 -0600 )edit

Hi. It's been a while since my first version of the code, so I kind of forgot what I actually did. But I think you are right. I did compile their official driver and copy them into "/usr/local/" directory.

blueflame gravatar image blueflame  ( 2017-07-25 16:46:58 -0600 )edit

This is what I did after compiling:

cd /usr/local/

sudo mkdir -p fotonic

sudo cp -r ~/Downloads/fz-linux-api_x64/include/. /usr/local/fotonic

sudo cp -r ~/Downloads/fz-linux-api_x64/lib/. /usr/local/fotonic

blueflame gravatar image blueflame  ( 2017-07-25 16:47:27 -0600 )edit

Many thx! I done by setting the link_library to the local lib folder. That makes everyone happy!

boooooosh gravatar image boooooosh  ( 2017-07-25 23:31:10 -0600 )edit

answered 2017-10-03 10:18:30 -0600

ngr gravatar image


I am trying to use Fotonic camera in Mac OS. However I cannot find any link to install their drivers. I guess they removed all the links from their web site. I know it is a forum to get support for ROS. But as I understood you have the drivers. Would it be possible for you to share those drivers and their software if you have it as well, through a link? Or do you think it is possible to run it through kinect driver?

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Hi, you can use the link in the answers. I've tried the driver but my Fotonic has some hardware issue... Finally I used a SickVisionary to finish my project.

boooooosh gravatar image boooooosh  ( 2017-10-03 10:41:30 -0600 )edit

Hi, the only driver I preserved is a FOTONIC driver for Linux x64. I'm not sure if it's usable on Mac OS. I don't think a Kinect driver will help you with a FOTONIC sensor. Leave me your email if you need this driver.

blueflame gravatar image blueflame  ( 2017-10-03 10:50:20 -0600 )edit

This link does not work, unfortunately.

Thank you! I can try the drivers on a linux device. You can send it to . Thanks again.

ngr gravatar image ngr  ( 2017-10-03 12:12:43 -0600 )edit

I'm not able to send a tar file to that email address. Another address, please.

blueflame gravatar image blueflame  ( 2017-10-03 12:44:46 -0600 )edit

@blueflame sorry for my late reply. could you please try ?:

ngr gravatar image ngr  ( 2017-10-04 07:39:02 -0600 )edit

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