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HI, I would like to add virtual pressure(tactile) sensors in to my Gazebo simulator

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HI, I would like to add virtual pressure(tactile) sensors in to my Gazebo simulator

I know, I have to use Gazebo plugin "libPressurePlugin.so" but, I don't know how

I have to attach virtual pressure(tactile) sensors in to my URDF form structure

I think there are pretty many hints and examples on SDF form structure

but, I can't find nice example on how to attach virtual pressure(tactile) sensors on URDF form structure using Gazebo plugin "libPressurePlugin.so"

Could you help me???

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answered 2019-09-06 09:04:07 -0500

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updated 2019-09-12 06:19:41 -0500

Here you have the ROSject as a plug and play solution for the DogBot: ROSject

Here you have the git with all the code: GIT

Here you have a video explaining all the process: VIDEO

Basically what I have done to have a pressure sensor is to use the libgazebo_ros_bumper.so that gives among other things force on the point of contact. The tricky part is to get the collision element name. This is not trivial because if you come from a XACRO or URDF, it will be most probable that you didn't even give a name to the collision element. So the best way is to convert your URDF or XACRO into SDF, and the get the collision element name.

With this script convert XACRO->URDF->SDF

echo "Cleaning sdf and urdf"
rm -rf dogbot.sdf dogbot.urdf
rosrun xacro xacro.py dogbot.xacro > dogbot.urdf
gz sdf -p dogbot.urdf > dogbot.sdf
echo "Generated SDF".

This is how you would place it in a XACRO or URDF:

<gazebo reference="${prefix}_${suffix}_foot">
  <mu1 value="2000.0"/>
  <mu2 value="1000.0"/>
  <kp value="${kp}" />
  <kd value="${kd}" />

  <!-- Contact Sensor -->
  <sensor name="my_foot_contactsensor_sensor" type="contact">
    <plugin name="my_foot_plugin" filename="libgazebo_ros_bumper.so">


The critical part is: parent_of_my_foot_fixed_joint_lump__my_foot_collision_5 This is normally generated by the union between the parent, the joint type and the child ( your link with the contact sensor ).

Hope it helped.


I hadded a tutorial also on how to represent these pressuer sensor readings in RVIZ

Check this video for all the details: VIDEO RVIZ Respresentation

I essentially had to create a world to base_link TF publisher and also an Arrow markers publisher for each contact sensor:



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