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ROS, Kinect

Radu B. Rusu
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Hi all!

We just got our Kinects at Willow Garage, so we're ready to join the party! As we plan to invest lots of resources to
support the development of our 3D libraries and higher level applications with sensors such as Kinect, this is the
perfect time to start contributing to your efforts, and centralize the development... Since we're looking for maximum
harmony here... code re-usability... no wasted efforts, etc :)


We would really like to thank all the pioneers of this effort! It's been amazing to see how fast the community moved in
the last few days, and it's definitely exciting to see an avalanche of e-mails every hour or so with updates and
improvements for the existing code bases.


Some of our developers that use ROS (http://ros.org) have gathered together and joined forces (similar to how OpenKinect
did) to provide a stable and reliable architecture for Kinect in ROS. With that in mind, we created a neutral repository
where we can easily iterate over the development of Kinect drivers and the integration with our PCL (Point Cloud Library
- http://pcl.ros.org) and OpenCV (http://opencv.willowgarage.com) computer vision libraries. As always, we are fully
committed to make _everything_ available as open source, under a BSD license (huray!).


Many thanks to (alphabetically): Ivan Dryanovski, St├ęphane Magnenat, William Morris, Alex Trevor for their ROS
integration efforts, and to Oliver Kreylos and Hector Martin (to name a few...) for interesting discussions and for
developing parts of the project!


So please join our new mailing list at [hidden email] if you're interested in discussing or help developing
with Kinect in ROS. For general discussions about Kinect that are not ROS related, we should use the OpenKinect mailing
list/group. If you're interested in developing or working with PCL, please contact us at [hidden email].


Status:

  * repositories up at: https://github.com/ros-pkg-git/libfreenect (branch for faster iterations) and
https://github.com/ros-pkg-git/kinect (ROS support for Kinect)

  * our libfreenect branch just got support for multiple Kinect cameras

  * ROS drivers (nodes and nodelets -- for "no-de/serialization" (tm) consumers ;) publishing PointCloud and PointCloud2
messages (among other things)

  * preliminary support for accelerometers (thanks to Stephane) and motors (thanks to Melonee) - more to come

  * lots of people working on calibration - more to come in the next few days

  * ...

We will need to sync several wiki pages tomorrow and make sure that everyone is happy with the centralization, everyone
interested has commit access, we didn't step on anyone's toes (hopefully!), etc :)


Within the next few days, we'll offer complete integration and tutorials/demos for segmentation, filtering, object
recognition, registration, etc using PCL, so stay tuned! ;) Exciting times.

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Cheers,
Radu.

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Re: ROS, Kinect

Radu B. Rusu
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And here's a link to ros-kinect@ (thanks Stephane!) for those interested in subscribing:

https://code.ros.org/mailman/listinfo/ros-kinect

Cheers,
Radu.


On 11/17/2010 02:43 AM, Radu Bogdan Rusu wrote:

> Hi all!
>
> We just got our Kinects at Willow Garage, so we're ready to join the party! As we plan to invest lots of resources to
> support the development of our 3D libraries and higher level applications with sensors such as Kinect, this is the
> perfect time to start contributing to your efforts, and centralize the development... Since we're looking for maximum
> harmony here... code re-usability... no wasted efforts, etc :)
>
>
> We would really like to thank all the pioneers of this effort! It's been amazing to see how fast the community moved in
> the last few days, and it's definitely exciting to see an avalanche of e-mails every hour or so with updates and
> improvements for the existing code bases.
>
>
> Some of our developers that use ROS (http://ros.org) have gathered together and joined forces (similar to how OpenKinect
> did) to provide a stable and reliable architecture for Kinect in ROS. With that in mind, we created a neutral repository
> where we can easily iterate over the development of Kinect drivers and the integration with our PCL (Point Cloud Library
> - http://pcl.ros.org) and OpenCV (http://opencv.willowgarage.com) computer vision libraries. As always, we are fully
> committed to make _everything_ available as open source, under a BSD license (huray!).
>
>
> Many thanks to (alphabetically): Ivan Dryanovski, St├ęphane Magnenat, William Morris, Alex Trevor for their ROS
> integration efforts, and to Oliver Kreylos and Hector Martin (to name a few...) for interesting discussions and for
> developing parts of the project!
>
>
> So please join our new mailing list at [hidden email] if you're interested in discussing or help developing
> with Kinect in ROS. For general discussions about Kinect that are not ROS related, we should use the OpenKinect mailing
> list/group. If you're interested in developing or working with PCL, please contact us at [hidden email].
>
>
> Status:
>
> * repositories up at: https://github.com/ros-pkg-git/libfreenect (branch for faster iterations) and
> https://github.com/ros-pkg-git/kinect (ROS support for Kinect)
>
> * our libfreenect branch just got support for multiple Kinect cameras
>
> * ROS drivers (nodes and nodelets -- for "no-de/serialization" (tm) consumers ;) publishing PointCloud and PointCloud2
> messages (among other things)
>
> * preliminary support for accelerometers (thanks to Stephane) and motors (thanks to Melonee) - more to come
>
> * lots of people working on calibration - more to come in the next few days
>
> * ...
>
> We will need to sync several wiki pages tomorrow and make sure that everyone is happy with the centralization, everyone
> interested has commit access, we didn't step on anyone's toes (hopefully!), etc :)
>
>
> Within the next few days, we'll offer complete integration and tutorials/demos for segmentation, filtering, object
> recognition, registration, etc using PCL, so stay tuned! ;) Exciting times.
>
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