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Use a single LSE miniQ

Description: This tutorial will show you how to run a single LSE miniQ robot in ROS including the simple navigation.

Keywords: miniQ, single

Tutorial Level: BEGINNER

Next Tutorial: Use multiple LSE miniQs


For this tutorial you'll need the following items:

  • LSE miniQ robot (with XBee module)
  • XBee module connected to a computer running ROS


Running a single LSE miniQ

For running a single LSE miniQ robot you only have to launch one file:

roslaunch lse_miniq_bringup single_miniq.launch

The launch files contains the following lines:


    <!-- Run the miniQ node -->
    <node name="miniq_node" pkg="lse_miniq_driver" type="single_miniq_node" output="screen"></node>

    <!-- The robot urdf for visualization -->
    <param name="robot_description" command="$(find xacro)/xacro.py $(find lse_miniq_description)/urdf/miniq.urdf" />
    <node name="joint_state_publisher" pkg="joint_state_publisher" type="joint_state_publisher" />
    <node name="robot_state_publisher" pkg="robot_state_publisher" type="state_publisher" />

    <!-- Run simple navigation -->
    <node name="move_base_simple" pkg="move_base_simple" type="move_base_simple" output="screen">
                <param name="in_place_angular_velocity" type="double" value="3.0" />
                <param name="max_linear_velocity" type="double" value="0.2" />
                <param name="min_linear_velocity" type="double" value="0.05" />
                <param name="alpha" type="double" value="0.5" />
                <param name="attraction_coefficient" type="double" value="0.8" />
                <param name="goal_tolerance" type="double" value="0.10" />
                <param name="angular_threshold" type="double" value="0.4" />


This launch file will run the single_miniq_node, start the URDF model for the LSE miniQ and start the move_base_simple node for navigation. The move_base_simple package was developed having the LSE miniQs in mind.

Test using rviz

Open rviz:

rosrun rviz rviz

Load the configuration file located at "/lse_miniq_robot/lse_miniq_bringup/single_miniq.vcg". You should have the following rviz window:


You can give goals to your robot using the "2D Nav Goal" button.

And that's it! Your LSE miniQ is working! You can now move on to using multiple LSE miniQs...

Wiki: lse_miniq_robot/Tutorials/Use a single LSE miniQ (last edited 2012-11-02 18:06:44 by Gonçalo Cabrita)