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PointCloud 2 data in turtlebot simulation

asked 2012-07-06 15:49:34 -0500

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updated 2012-07-12 23:54:08 -0500

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I am running turtelbot simulation and when i Use rviz to visualize pointcloud2 data than it gives incorrect point cloud . How i can fix this? any tips would be appreciated As i am new to ros.

In the world image there is no object just in front of the robot but rviz shows some points there ,also when i try to run the robot this "patch" of ploint cloud keeps moving along with the robot .

because of this I am not able to build the correct octomap as it uses pointclud2 data.

I observed that the pointcloud is not forming correctly. Even the clouds of the ground are shown as walls. Below is the pic of the situation with both world and rviz view of the pointclouds. Any help here is appreciated!!! My situation is shown in the attachments.

gazebo) rviz

Problem not with the frame of reference but with the pointcloud simulated from the gazebo. It looks like a bug. Any suggestion to overcome this is appreciated!!!

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answered 2012-07-07 05:53:21 -0500

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Your fixed frame is wrong. It is set to the camera frame, thus it keeps moving. You should set it to an actual frame that is fixed in the world, as e.g. /map or /odom. That depends if you have some kind of localization or SLAM.

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hey, thanks for your reply but i have already tried /map and /odom but still the point cloud is incorrect

akhil gravatar image akhil  ( 2012-07-07 06:12:07 -0500 )edit

By watching above rviz pic I think that the point cloud is not moving with robot, it's actually the point cloud of the floor which comes inside of the camera's frustum but it's being displayed in the wrong direction

akhil gravatar image akhil  ( 2012-07-07 06:12:25 -0500 )edit

I have to admit I can't really match the pointcloud in your image with anything in the world. A bug that just flattens everything seems very weird to me. Did you try driving towards a corner.

dornhege gravatar image dornhege  ( 2012-07-13 00:04:40 -0500 )edit

i tried driving towards the corner and i get the point cloud of the two walls but the point cloud of the floor is shown in the same plane as walls the same thing is happening in the image shown

akhil gravatar image akhil  ( 2012-07-13 18:53:38 -0500 )edit

In that case there is definitely something wrong. I'd suggest following up on Stefan's hints.

dornhege gravatar image dornhege  ( 2012-07-16 01:15:13 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-07-13 01:44:20 -0500

This looks like a potential graphics card issue (gazebo is a bit picky in that regard sometimes). I have a colleague who can't use the simulated Kinect because he has onboard Intel graphics in his machine and the same happens for him. See also this Q/A.

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hey, thanks for your reply i am also using the intel graphics card on my laptop can you suggest what should i do to fix this problem i also have nvidia graphics card on my machine and tried to install the driver for it but my ubuntu crashed and i had to reinstall it

akhil gravatar image akhil  ( 2012-07-13 18:54:23 -0500 )edit

Ok, so you're using Optimus tech most likely. Have a look at this Q/A: . From what I heard, recent Bumblebee version worked well for some people.

Stefan Kohlbrecher gravatar image Stefan Kohlbrecher  ( 2012-07-14 13:31:18 -0500 )edit

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