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Programmatically get ModelState from Gazebo

asked 2011-04-20 06:24:00 -0500

IanAlden gravatar image

updated 2014-11-22 17:05:23 -0500

ngrennan gravatar image

Hello, I am trying to programmatically get information about the pose of a PR2 in Gazebo. The examples on the wiki seem to be based upon command line using rosservice. Based upon the Publisher/Subscriber example on the ROS wiki I would imagine it would be something like:

rospy.Subscriber("gazebo/model_states", Pose, callback)

but when I try something similar to this Gazebo sends and error msg and breaks the connection. I would think it is just finding the right combination of topic and msg but I am having troubles figuring that out. Any help would be appreciate.

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answered 2011-04-26 08:15:13 -0500

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gazebo expects a ModelStates topic, not Pose, try changing your callback to accept ModelStates and see if it fixes the issue. To access the returned variables, please take a look at the following python service client example:

#!/usr/bin/env python
import roslib; roslib.load_manifest('gazebo')

import sys

import rospy
from gazebo.srv import *

def gms_client(model_name,relative_entity_name):
        gms = rospy.ServiceProxy('/gazebo/get_model_state', GetModelState)
        resp1 = gms(model_name,relative_entity_name)
        return resp1
    except rospy.ServiceException, e:
        print "Service call failed: %s"%e

def usage():
    return "%s [model_name] [relative_entity_name]"%sys.argv[0]

if __name__ == "__main__":
    if len(sys.argv) == 3:
        model_name = sys.argv[1]
        relative_entity_name = sys.argv[2]
        print usage()
    res = gms_client(model_name,relative_entity_name)
    print "returnd x position ",res.pose.position.x
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My objective is to synchronize the position of the robot in Gazebo and RViz. My node is controlling the robot's position through move_base node while in RViz the robot is remaining in the origin. I'm using this service client with the "gplane robot_description::base_footprint" arguments, how I could modify this client code(and which parameters to set) in order to update the pose in RVIz. Thank you!
szokei gravatar image szokei  ( 2011-05-12 22:52:32 -0500 )edit

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