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electric android op: failed to make a map

asked 2012-02-19 21:27:56 -0600

Gemini Ma gravatar image

updated 2012-02-20 22:34:40 -0600

Hi, I run the android teleop on electric turtlebot. The android_teleop works fine, I can see the video and the teleop works without any problem.

I modified the file: turtlebot_bringup/mock_apps/turtlebot_apps.installed, add make_a_map and map_nav into the app chooser.

Then I try to use the make_a_map app. On my android tablet, there's no video or map image.

The log message is:

[/openni_camera] No devices connected.... Waiting for devices to be connected
Still waiting on map...

I can move the turtlebot around by touching the cross icon. Then I tried to save the map, there's an error message on android device:

 Naming map failed:

No map is saved. I did installed map store by running: sudo apt-get install ros-electric-map-store

There's error message on the turtlebot netbook:

[ERROR] [1329741872.385404822]: Dynamic map getter service call failed.

And i can see openni_camera and slam_gmapping nodes are created:

rosnode list

But by running rxgraph, it seems that there's no node subscribing the openni_camera data. Seems i can't upload the image file of rxgraph.

I've checked the latest code of turtlebot_teleop in mecurial repository. all the files i have are the latest version. And I did modified the file: turtlebot_teleop//app/android_map_nav.launch:

<!--- Run AMCL --> 
<include file="$(find turtlebot_navigation)/config/amcl_turtlebot_map_from_topic.launch" />


<!--- Run AMCL -->
<include file="$(find turtlebot_navigation)/config/amcl_turtlebot.launch" />

since file: amcl_turtlebot_map_from_topic.launch doesn't exist in electric turtlebot.

Anyone has any clue what might be the problem?

Thanks a lot! /ma

Update: I manually deleted the directory:


Then checked out the latest source code in mercurial repository:

hg clone

Now the android map making app works. I can see the video stream, and the map image. When saving the map, it poped "map saved as xxxx". It seems everything is good.

But when i start the map navigation app, there's video stream, and it shows "waiting for the map manager". On the turtlebot netbook, the log message is:

Still waiting on the map....

I added map making and map navigation app link to the App chooser. But there's no .app file so I don't know how to add "Android map manager" app into the App chooser.

I downloaded "Android map manager" from market, but it can't be started. On the turtlebot netbook, I can't see where is the saved map file.

How to solve this problem? Many thanks to all you for your help!!

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answered 2012-02-20 07:27:48 -0600

fergs gravatar image

Ok, can you do a source install of turtlebot_apps and see if the patches I just pushed work? This should:

a) enable breaker, which should fix the "no devices connected".

b) take care of the amcl_from_map_topic error (in the correct way, amcl_turtlebot is slightly different).

c) fix some issues with frame names.

I'm not sure on the "naming map failed" part, let's see if these changes can fix it.

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@fergs - thank you very much. I'll do that. As @Ryan Hickman said, I'm also not sure how to do the source install. I compared my code with the mecurial repository in the silliest way: click files that i thought would be relevant one by one...

Gemini Ma gravatar image Gemini Ma  ( 2012-02-20 19:56:09 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-02-20 17:24:12 -0600

Ryan Hickman gravatar image

@Gemini - I was having the no camera issue for a while and ended up leaving it running for a while and it eventually cleared up. I could see something in the status messages going by that it failed to detect it at the USB port it was expecting it and switched itself. I know nothing of USB ID's but perhaps Turtlebot doesn't like moving around where things get plugged in?

@fergs - Dumb question, but where are the source install steps? A search takes me to this wiki page but there is no source install linked from any of the linked pages.

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@Ryan Hickman - following the link you mentioned, I found a line: Source: hg probably the "hg" is similar to "svn", and we can check out the source code with this command, and build it? I'm not sure, but will have a try.

Gemini Ma gravatar image Gemini Ma  ( 2012-02-20 19:58:32 -0600 )edit

Yep, hg is mercurial.

fergs gravatar image fergs  ( 2012-02-21 21:39:51 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-05-10 04:13:46 -0600

Red24Dog gravatar image

Does this source work to install the android teleop app in Fuerte? I am getting a "missing android node" error messge with Fuerte "roslaunch turtlebot_bringup minimal.launch"

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