Stack contains software required to use NetFT input with ROS. NetFT measures ATI Force/Torque sensor (F/T) outputs. It can be accessed through Ethernet or CAN interface. However ROS driver only supports communciation with device using RDT protocol over Ethernet.

Transport Layers

Raw Data Transfer (RDT)

The NetFT supports a very simple communication protocol using UDP packets. This protocol is extremely simple to use.


Ethernet/IP is a protocol used for industrial automation. It built upon TCP/UDP communication. The IP in Ethernet/IP stands for Industrial Protocol not Internet Protocol.

CAN bus

CAN Controller Area Network. Is lower speed (max 1Mbit/sec) shared bus.

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Wiki: netft (last edited 2011-03-29 20:22:02 by ScottStanford)