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How can I use /bumper topic data in move_base ?

asked 2017-11-06 03:56:55 -0500

rostaro gravatar image

updated 2017-11-20 23:33:56 -0500

Hi there,

I am new to ROS and ROS navigation stack. Right now I am trying to use /bumper topic data ( msg->left.state and msg->right.state ) on roomba_500_series in move_base. The topic has been already published from /roomba560_node. I would like to know how to use(subscribe) it in move_base. Please let me know if you know any. (What I would like to do is to use bumper's right state and its left state ( true or false ). For example, if right state is true, I let roomba turn left and go straight.)

*additional comment

I modified kobuki_bumper2pc as bumper2pc as follows.

#include <ros/ros.h> 
#include <ros/ros.h>
#include <iostream>
#include <pluginlib/class_list_macros.h>
#include <roomba_500_series/Bumper.h>
#include "bumper2pc/bumper2pc.hpp"
#include <geometry_msgs/Twist.h>

namespace bumper2pc{
 bool left_bumper, right_bumper;

 //this function is defined in "bumper2pc.hpp"
 void Bumper2PcNodelet::BumperUpdateCB(const roomba_500_series::Bumper::ConstPtr& msg){
  left_bumper = msg->left.state;
  right_bumper = msg->right.state;

 void Bumper2PcNodelet::coreSensorCB(const roomba_500_series::Bumper::ConstPtr& msg){

  left_bumper = msg->left.state;
  right_bumper = msg->right.state;

  ros::NodeHandle n;
  ros::Publisher vel_pub_ = n.advertise<geometry_msgs::Twist>("/cmd_vel", 1)
  geometry_msgs::Twist cmd_vel;

  if (left_bumper == 1){

   bool judge_left = true;
   while(judge_left == true){
    if(judge_left == false){ break; }

    cmd_vel.linear.x = 0.0;
    cmd_vel.angular.z = 0.0;

    while(left_bumper == 1){
     cmd_vel.linear.x = 0.0;
     cmd_vel.angular.z = -0.78; //turn right while left bumper is true

     bumper_update_sub_ = n.subscribe("/bumper", 1000, &Bumper2PcNodelet::BumperUpdateCB, this);  //update bumper data


    while(right_bumper == 0 || left_bumper == 0){
     if(judge_left == false){ break; }

     cmd_vel.linear.x = 0.2;
     cmd_vel.angular.z = 0.0; 

     bumper_update_sub_ = n.subscribe("/bumper", 1000, &Bumper2PcNodelet::BumperUpdateCB, this);
     if(right_bumper == 1){ judge_left = false; }
     if(left_bumper == 1){ break; }

  if (right_bumper == 1){
     //same as above ("left" -> "right")

 void Bumper2PcNodelet::onInit(){
  ros::NodeHandle nh = this->getPrivateNodeHandle();

  core_sensor_sub_ = nh.subscribe("/bumper", 1000, &Bumper2PcNodelet::coreSensorCB, this);  //core_sensor_sub is defined in "bumper2pc.hpp"
} //namespace bumper2pc

PLUGINLIB_EXPORT_CLASS(bumper2pc::Bumper2PcNodelet, nodelet::Nodelet);
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answered 2017-11-06 09:49:05 -0500

David Lu gravatar image

The easiest option would probably be to translate the bumper data into a PointCloud, which you could then use as an input to your costmap.

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I'm terribly sorry for the delay in my reply.

Thank you for answering my question. I used kobuki_bumper2pc and rewrited it. Finally, I could publish cmd_vel from bumper2pc according to bumper's states. Thank you very much.

rostaro gravatar image rostaro  ( 2017-11-20 02:35:19 -0500 )edit

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