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rtabmap_ros 3D map PointCloud2 transfer ROS Master_Slave

asked 2019-11-06 08:27:53 -0600

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Dear people.

I do have the following devices:

- JetsonTX2
- Pixhawk 4 mini
- ZED stereo vision system
- A ThinkPad laptop

I do have setup a ROS master slave system. The Jetson is taken as a master and the laptop is taken as a slave. Both communicates over wireless. I am measuring the size of the transmited topic /zed/rtabmap/cloud_map . In the following picture shows how the size of the cloud is growing with the distance. It seems to be as if the whole cloud of the 3D map is transmitted as it grows. I am using rtabmap.launch

<group ns="/zed/">
      <include file="$(find rtabmap_ros)/launch/rtabmap.launch">


Just wondering if there is a parameter that allows to transmit the changes and not the whole cloud.

Any help I appreciate it.

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answered 2019-11-07 14:15:36 -0600

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Try map_assembler node (source code) on remote computer to subscribe only to latest data added to map and re-assemble all rtabmap output maps remotely:

$ rosrun rtabmap_ros map_assembler _Grid/CellSize:=0.1 mapData:=/zed/rtabmap/mapData

I also added a very simple python script (less flexible than map_assembler) here to subscribe only to latest grid data and the graph, then assembling the map remotely:

$ python rtabmap/mapGraph:=/zed/rtabmap/mapGraph rtabmap/local_grid_obstacle:=/zed/rtabmap/local_grid_obstacle


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Hi Mathieu, Thank you for the answer. Lets see if I understand :)

I do have a launch file on the master (Jetsontx) then I run it on the slave (laptop) over ssh. The launch file mainly has:

 <include file="$(find rtabmap_ros)/launch/rtabmap.launch"> 
 <include file="$(find zed_wrapper)/launch/zed_camera.launch">
 <include file="$(find mavros)/launch/node.launch">
 <node `pkg="octomap_server" type="octomap_server_node" name="octomap_server">

Well, the idea is to subscribe either the latest octree or pointcloud2 data added to the map. So what do you mean exactly with re-assemble all rtabmap output maps remotely. Do you mean instead of running the launch file I run on the master over ssh to run it on the slave?.

The /zed/rtabmap/mapData is not a pointcloud2, right?

acp gravatar imageacp ( 2019-11-08 02:07:55 -0600 )edit

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