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Rviz Interactions

Description: Defining interactions for rviz configurations.

Keywords: rocon interactions

Tutorial Level: BEGINNER

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This tutorial will guide you through the process of running and executing rviz configurations. This is really useful given the amount of time we had originally spent re-configuring rviz just to link to an image topic everytime we launched it for a particular robot.

Rviz Exports


The first thing you need to do is to connect rviz to your system/robot and configure it exactly as you require. Then save that config (.rviz file) into a catkin package of your choosing. For this example we will make use of the already exported configuration in rocon_interactions/rviz/markers.rviz.


Next we'll need a launcher to start rviz with this configuration. This will form the 'app' side of the interaction. Save this as rviz_markers.launch in foo.

   1 <launch>
   2   <node name="rviz" pkg="rviz" type="rviz" args="-d $(find rocon_interactions)/rviz/markers.rviz"/>
   3 </launch>



Save this as foo.interactions in foo.

   1 - name: foo/rviz_markers.launch
   2   role: 'PC'
   3   compatibility: rocon:/pc/*/hydro|indigo/*
   4   display_name: Rviz Markers (Launcher)
   5   description: Rviz with a view exactly configured for the rocon_interactions tutorial.
   6   max: -1
   7   icon:
   8     resource_name: rocon_bubble_icons/rviz.png


Save this as foo.launch in foo.

   1 <launch>
   2   <param name="name" value="Rocon Interactions"/>
   3   <param name="description" value="A tutorial environment for interactions and remocons."/>
   4   <param name="icon" value="rocon_icons/cybernetic_pirate.png"/>
   5   <node pkg="rocon_master_info" type="" name="master"/>
   7   <node pkg="rocon_interactions" type="" name="interactions">
   8     <rosparam param="interactions">[foo/foo]</rosparam>
   9   </node>
  11   <!-- publish some markers for viewing in an rviz interaction -->
  12   <node pkg="rocon_interactions" type="" name="tutorial_markers"/>
  13 </launch>

Note that we've added a script from rocon_interactions which will publish some markers for our rviz configuration to pick up.


# Dependencies
> sudo apt-get install ros-indigo-rviz ros-indigo-visualization-msgs
# In the first shell
> roslaunch foo foo.launch --screen
# In a second shell
> rocon_remocon

Add your ros master and rviz away.

Wiki: rocon_interactions/Tutorials/indigo/Rviz Interactions (last edited 2014-03-10 02:13:12 by DanielStonier)