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I am a beginner of both ROS, Kinect and Ubuntu. What i want is to visualize kinect data on rviz environment then run object recognition on it.

I've tried a few tutorials but had no luck. All I got was an empty rviz world.

Since I am a beginner I would appreciate any step-by-step intructions (preferably for hydro or groovy).

I would also like to note that I've menaged to get visual from kinect so the device is working fine.

Originally posted by SpiderRico on ROS Answers with karma: 35 on 2013-12-18

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To install the package fro kinect run:

sudo apt-get install ros-hydro-openni-launch

The to use: roslaunch openni_launch openni.launch as described here to make the package publish kinect's topics. To visualize for example the depth image run rosrun image_view image_view image:=/camera/depth/image.

To visualize for example the Point Cloud in rviz you can add a PointCloud2 Display ad choose the appropriate topic. For object recognition what are you planning to use?

I suggest you to see also the basic tutorials and the rviz tutorials!

Originally posted by Tirjen with karma: 808 on 2013-12-19

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Comment by SpiderRico on 2013-12-19:
Hello and thank you for your reply. I've managed to get the visual from kinect however still can't see it on rviz. For example, after running the depth image i set fixed frame on rviz to depth frame but nothing changes. What else do I need to do ?

Comment by SpiderRico on 2013-12-20:
Nvm, fixed it. Ty for your help.


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