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Why does rtabmap have the option to not use an Odom frame

asked 2020-04-23 21:54:15 -0500

mugetsu gravatar image

I noticed that rtabmap has the option to use an Odom topic instead of a TF. Why is that? Is the Odom frame optional against the standard of REP 105

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Not exactly sure what use case you're working on, but if your robot has encoders and is publishing on an odom topic, rtabmap can use that to better localize itself. If your robot doesn't publish to /odom, or you don't have a robot at all, rtabmap it relies on keypoint detection for its dead reckonin.

pring gravatar image pring  ( 2020-04-25 14:36:03 -0500 )edit

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answered 2020-04-26 20:41:21 -0500

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rtabmap publishes both TF and the nav_msgs/Odometry topic like this ROS tutorial.

The advantage to use the topic is to get the covariance of the pose. You can also get the twist directly. The disadvantage is when you need to synchronize with other sensors, you may not get the correct transform if the odometry topic cannot be exactly synchronized with the other sensors.

When using odom from TF, you can invert the advantages and disadvantages of the topic above. If you don't care about the covariance, use TF to get accurate transforms for a sensor's timestamp.

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i see, that makes a lot sense thanks!

mugetsu gravatar image mugetsu  ( 2020-04-27 19:16:55 -0500 )edit

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