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Beginning to build a map

asked 2013-11-04 03:44:22 -0600

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Hi, i'm new to ROS and i want to build a map of my room with a kinect camera. I have installed in my Pc ROS 12.10 with groovy, but if there is a more compatible ROS for this i can upgrade it. Could you help me out, on the components and packages that i need to do so. Let me know the best way to do it. And what tutorials should i follow. Thank you so much!

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answered 2013-11-08 06:40:47 -0600

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First of all, I think you may mean that you've installed Ubuntu 12.10, not ROS 12.10. So you're running Ubuntu 12.10 with ROSGroovy. Good, we've established the system. You'll likely want the gaming version of the Kinect, not the Windows SDK version. You'll want to look on the ROS website at openni_camera and openni_launch:

The second link has some tutorials listed which should help get you started on understanding the interaction between ROS and the Kinect. What you're talking about is a little advanced, so work on learning how to launch the kinect and access the video feeds first before you move onto mapping. I just started using Linux and doing this in September, and my best piece of advice is that you're going to have to google a lot to find out specifically what you want. The answers you need are hidden in little nooks and crannies around the internet. Google "octomapping" since that's what I think you're talking about.

Good luck!

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