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how to use rxplot to plot data on /tf

asked 2013-03-20 20:06:25 -0600

sai gravatar image

ubuntu 12.04 and fuerte

How to use rxplot to plot the transforms? They have the position and orientation.


header: seq: 0 stamp: secs: 1311867210 nsecs: 774027961 frame_id: /world child_frame_id: /kinect transform: translation: x: 0.208460861206 y: -1.06889804077 z: 1.87455181885 rotation: x: -0.0425775370706 y: -0.0287192089576 z: 0.77849649613 w: 0.625544215773

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answered 2013-03-20 23:20:40 -0600

Miquel Massot gravatar image

updated 2013-03-20 23:21:16 -0600

In my opinion, rxplot is not the best tool at plotting tf's. I would recommend you to use rviz for that.

If you want to see x, y and z positions and orientations maybe you should consider using an odometry or pose topic parsed from the node tf or something similar, in order to avoid what Adolfo Rodríguez comments.

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There is no "best tool", as the goodness measure depends a lot on your requirements. Rviz excels at visualizing instantaneous frame configurations, but if you're interested in visualizing time series a plotting tool might be more appropriate.

Adolfo Rodriguez T gravatar imageAdolfo Rodriguez T ( 2013-04-03 21:48:36 -0600 )edit

...additionally the details of a specific implementation can make your life easier or harder. Plotting a /tf time series with rxplot/rqt has its difficulties, but plotting a pose_stamped topic is straightforward. YMMV...

Adolfo Rodriguez T gravatar imageAdolfo Rodriguez T ( 2013-04-03 21:53:09 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-03-20 22:38:00 -0600

Adolfo Rodriguez T gravatar image

The following snippet will print the x coordinate of the first transform in a tf message:

rxplot /tf/transforms[0]/transform/translation/x

Big caveat: if there are multiple publishers of the /tf topic, this won't work, as the transform vector index (the [0] above) will not always represent the same frame. Further, f you're querying a nonzero index, it might be possible that the index does not even exist in a given message.

I would recommend republishing the transform(s) of interest as a separate pose(stamped) message and plot from there. More overhead, but less surprises.

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