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Interpolation for between two poses

asked 2018-08-05 19:08:29 -0500

Fabs89 gravatar image

Hey all,

I am looking for a function which interpolate between two poseStamped poses for a given time. I know there has to be something withing the tf/tf2 API but I could not find it. Something along the line of

poseStamped = poseInterpolation (poseStamp_t1,poseStamp_t2, t) where t_1 < t < t_2

Would be glad for some pointers.


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answered 2020-04-19 20:37:31 -0500

oleg.alexandrov gravatar image

updated 2020-04-19 20:38:36 -0500

Here is a solution using Eigen.

The stamped poses (poseStamp_t1 and poseStamp_t2 in your notation) have a timestamp and a pose. The timestamps can be saved to variables t1 and t2, such as t1 = poseStamp_t1.header.stamp.toSec().

The poses can be converted to Eigen with the function tf::poseMsgToEigen (const geometry_msgs::Pose &m, Eigen::Affine3d &e), obtaining Eigen:Affine poses aff1 and aff2. From here, the rotation and the translation part can be interpolated separately. Here is how:

// C++ code

#include <Eigen/Geometry>

// Take poses at times t1 and t2. Interpolate the pose at time t.
Eigen::Affine3d pose_interp(double t, double t1, double t2, 
                            Eigen::Affine3d const& aff1, Eigen::Affine3d const& aff2) {
  // assume here t1 <= t <= t2
  double alpha = 0.0;
  if (t2 != t1)
    alpha = (t - t1) / (t2 - t1);

  Eigen::Quaternion<double> rot1(aff1.linear());
  Eigen::Quaternion<double> rot2(aff2.linear());

  Eigen::Vector3d trans1 = aff1.translation();
  Eigen::Vector3d trans2 = aff2.translation();

  Eigen::Affine3d result;
  result.translation() = (1.0 - alpha) * trans1 + alpha * trans2;
  result.linear()      = rot1.slerp(alpha, rot2).toRotationMatrix();

  return result;
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answered 2018-08-05 23:09:54 -0500

tfoote gravatar image

I'd recommend looking at: which uses the internal fork of the Bullet Linear Math library.

I'd recommend you implement your own version using the pure bullet API.

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