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asked 2012-03-23 04:15:26 -0600

navidnabavi gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:11:43 -0600

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what is x, y, z and w in Quaternion oriention? specially what is w?

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answered 2012-03-23 04:25:09 -0600

Have a look at REP103 on Standard Units of Measure and Coordinate Conventions. If you're not familiar with quaternions it also helps to have a look at pages like this Wikipedia page on Quaternions and spatial rotation.

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Also for information about any message you can use the rosmsg command with the --raw option to see the comments. Or browse the online docs for the message

Tully gravatar image Tully  ( 2012-03-23 18:46:32 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-03-23 04:25:40 -0600

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For representing orientation in ROS, quaternions are used. They do not represent a human-readable format like e.g. euler angles (more information about quaternions here: ).

To easily convert between euler angles and quaternions, the tf-ROS package offers a set of functions like "createQuaternionFromYaw" or similar...

Have a look at <tf transform_datatypes.h=""> for more information.

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