Leopard Imaging LI-eSP870-STEREO-M031 with ROS

asked 2016-06-23 16:19:22 -0500

jnickel gravatar image

Hi all, If there's anyone out there that also picked up one of Leopard Imaging's Etron eSP870-powered stereo depth cameras (here), have you managed to get a depth stream to come through in Rviz or something similar? I don't seem to be able to find any official support or packages for this camera, so are there any generic packages that would take a left and right image and be able to generate a depth cloud from them? Any help is much appreciated, Jake

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Farthest I ever got was obtaining an official SDK from Leopard, through email. Their SDK allows you to view all the streams, but still no ROS integration.

jnickel gravatar image jnickel  ( 2016-08-11 23:58:02 -0500 )edit

Have you considered writing a wrapper node that bridges the SDK functionality into ROS?

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2016-08-13 03:40:12 -0500 )edit

In truth, I am still very much a novice in terms of ROS, and I think that such a task would be better left to someone with a bit more experience in this field. In addition, there are much better 3D cameras out there, Intel Realsense and Asus Xtion, to name a few, with ROS support already.

jnickel gravatar image jnickel  ( 2016-08-14 12:14:01 -0500 )edit

Do you have any update on your integration? We are expecting to do the same... Thanks for ur feedback.

gglm gravatar image gglm  ( 2016-12-15 09:19:54 -0500 )edit

Honestly, I gave up on integration with this camera, there are other options that do it better for a similar price point, and for less work too. Stereo 3D on this camera is nice, except when you want to be accurate :) Plus, I needed low-light performance, something very easily done with IR sensors.

jnickel gravatar image jnickel  ( 2016-12-15 14:14:51 -0500 )edit

Any ROS solution for leopard imaging cameras?

pnambiar gravatar image pnambiar  ( 2017-05-31 13:33:19 -0500 )edit

From what I can see there's a ros driver for libdc1394 (IEEE 1394 Digital Camera protocol) and some Leopard Imaging cameras are on a list of cameras that support the protocol. Not sure about newer cameras. The page may be out of date. https://damien.douxchamps.net/ieee139...

pinecone gravatar image pinecone  ( 2019-04-08 03:34:01 -0500 )edit