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asked 2012-09-25 15:45:13 -0500

Prasad gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:13:44 -0500

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Few questions about navigation:

1: I have recently read about point cloud to laser scan 2D conversion of data. I already have kinect and 2D Hokuyo mounted on my robot. Does that mean I can completely avoid LADAR and use Kinect instead? To perform, experiments such as mapping, navigation planning.

2: Since Navigation requires accurate odometory data how can we work in case of any hardware wear and tear. For e.g: In case I have two motors of same configuration. After using it for some period there might be some wear and tear in such case how odometory behaves?

3.Can i use ONLY Kinect for mapping and navigation without IMU or 2D laser scanner? OR can i combine the data of Kinect and Laser scanner using Kalman filter? (NO IMU)

Any Help appreciated,


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answered 2012-09-26 00:53:05 -0500

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  1. Yes, but I'd highly advise against that. The Kinect data is far worse for 2D navigation.

  2. If it's not too bad, and the error covariances are correct, algorithms should be able to cope with that.

  3. You can use to provide fake odometry from laser data. Alternately, should work without odometry.

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