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cannot show attached object in rviz

asked 2017-12-23 21:09:35 -0600

hideo67 gravatar image

updated 2017-12-24 09:38:41 -0600


I'm working with rviz and moveit built from source for the kinetic-devel branch. For the rest of the stack, I'm using the binary packages. OS is Ubuntu xenial.

When I attach objects to the robot arm, it does not show in rviz.

I'm having trouble with a robot model I created from scratch, but the same thing can be reproduced by the moveit "ROS API Planning Scene Tutorial" at

Here is an excerpt from stdout (with line numbers manually added) when I run

roslaunch moveit_tutorials planning_scene_ros_api_tutorial.launch :

1 [ INFO] [1514083362.221299219]: Adding the object into the world at the location of the right wrist.
2 [ INFO] [1514083372.229633700]: Attaching the object to the right wrist and removing it from the world.
3 [ERROR] [1514083372.230641932]: Found empty JointState message
4 [ INFO] [1514083372.230957243]: Removing world object with the same name as newly attached object: 'box'
5 [ INFO] [1514083372.231715610]: Attached object 'box' to link 'r_wrist_roll_link'
6 [ INFO] [1514083382.229897324]: Detaching the object from the robot and returning it to the world.
7 [ INFO] [1514083382.230552447]: Detached object 'box' from link 'r_wrist_roll_link' and added it back in the collision world
8 [ INFO] [1514083392.230129313]: Removing the object from the world.

Here is what happens on the rviz screen:

  • At line 1, a green box gets shown at the wrist location of PR2
  • At line 5, the box disappears. Expected behavior is a color change of the box. Green is used for collision objects, and purple(150,50,150) is used for attached objects. The box should turn purple.
  • At line 7, the green box appears again, as expected.

I have read the following page that seems to be related, but I am not sure if it is:

The thread says that an incorrect combination of rviz checkboxes make the attached object appear, but in my case none of the possible combination made the object appear. In any case, the fix discussed in this thread is merged to kinetic-devel, and I am building kinetic-devel .

Is there something I am missing?

--- self follow-up ---

It seems that the planning scene update message is not correctly propagated from the moveit node to the rviz node.

Here is what I did:

I used rqt_graph to study the topic names that are used to communicate the planning scene messages, and learned that

  • "/planning_scene" is used for communication from the move_group client (the application) to the move_group node.
  • "/move_group/monitored_planning_scene" is used for communication from the move_group node to the rviz node.

I set up 2 terminals running rostopic echo for the two topics. When my application sends out a message to attach an object in the world to the robot, it is seen in the /planning_scene topic, but the corresponding information is missing in the /move_group/monitored_planning_scene topic. It seems that the /planning_scene message is triggering a /move_group/monitored_planning_scene message, but the "attached_collision_objects" array is not propagated.

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answered 2017-12-24 09:39:20 -0600

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The mentioned bug had already been fixed and committed on Dec. 15. My local git clone was behind that.

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