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How to use tf.transformPose of tf mpdule?

asked 2020-04-14 08:44:21 -0600

kane_choigo gravatar image

Hello, I'm using ROS melodic of Ubuntu 18.04.

I recently heard that tf module has the special class function which transforms a specific pose into the pose of another specific frame.

I tried calling tf.TransformerROS.transformPose, but I've just gotten only this error:

"/sensor_frame" passed to lookupTransform argument target_frame does not exist

. Of course, I double-checked that /sensor_frame was practically running. (I tried

$ rosrun tf tf_echo

and also checked it on rviz tool.)

Below is my code,

import rospy
import tf
from geometry_msgs.msg import PoseStamped

def talker():
  pub = rospy.Publisher('/that', PoseStamped, queue_size = 10)
  rate = rospy.Rate(10)

   # goaler = tf.TransformerROS()
   goaler = tf.TransformListener()

   while not rospy.is_shutdown():
      goal = PoseStamped()
      goal.pose.position.x = 5.0
      goal.pose.position.y = 5.0

      # ret = goaler.transformPose("lidar_sensor_link", goal)
      ret = goaler.transformPose("/sonar2_link", goal)


 if __name__ == '__main__':

    except rospy.ROSInterruptException:

(Just so you know, I referred to here)

I'm not familiar with tf, so I 'm suffered from fixing..

What should I do to coordinate transformation works?

Thanks inadvance :)

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answered 2020-04-14 13:49:19 -0600

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To start off with you should use tf2 not tf. tf has been deprecated for several years now and tf2 has a superset of it's functionality.

And to understand how it works there are tutorials:

It looks like you're using the API correctly but you likely need to make sure that the rest of your system is setup correctly to support the coordinate frames that you intend to query.

For completeness there are tf tutorials as well. But if you're just getting started you should really move forward.

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