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Controlling an omnidirectional robot (like pr2) in ROS Hydro- Gazebo 1.9

asked 2014-03-12 18:49:05 -0500

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Hi all,

So, I basically want to implement a path planning algorithm by simulating a scenario in "ROS-Gazebo" and I am using "ROS Hydro-Gazebo 1.9" distributions. My algorithm assumes that the robot is omni-directional i.e., it can move in both x and y coordinates, independently. As I have found out, "pr2" and "care-o-bot" are two robots that offer omni-directional motion. The only feature that I need from them is the omni-directional wheels and other features such as laser, arm, etc. are not needed. I would also need to get the odometry data.

Problem: I am not aware of any control plugin or library to control and move the "pr2" in "ROS Hydro-Gazebo 1.9". I am able to bring up the "pr2" in "Gazebo" using "roslaunch" command. But I cannot control it and move it around. To give an idea of what I want, in another case I am able to control a pioneer2dx using a differential drive controller plugin ( I wonder if such a thing exists for "pr2". If not, is there any other solutions to my problem?

I would greatly appreciate any helps towards finding a solution for my problem.



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answered 2017-04-19 21:09:53 -0500

winston gravatar image

You could check out this link. It is a Gazebo simulation for omnidirectional soccer-playing robots. Basically, I faked the desired behavior by applying velocities directly to the robot. However, I still would like to try to create a realistic omnidirectional wheels in the future.

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answered 2014-04-12 10:42:47 -0500

Francisco gravatar image

I think you are looking for a Skid Steering Drive.

Check labrob.urdf.xacro for a simple example.

Hope this helps.

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answered 2014-04-10 22:45:39 -0500

You might have to create a plugin for that yourself.

But since you're looking for a way to study/develop path planning algorithms i highly recommend you to check the MoveIt! package ( ).You can easily create such a scenario you just described by just setting up a planar virtual joint between your robot's base and the world frame. Moreover, there're some tutorials that are specific for the pr2 ( )

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