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We are trying to create a 3D map of a room using the octomap_server with the Turtlebot. Has anyone had any success using octomap_server on Hydro? Is there anything in our main launch file that seems extremely wrong? When we run our launch files described below and receive an error:

[octomap_server-19] process has died [pid 3571, exit code -4, cmd /opt/ros/hydro/lib/octomap_server/octomap_server_node /cloud_in:=/camera/depth_registered/points tf_static:=/tf __name:=octomap_server...

We first launch: roslaunch turtlebot_bringup minimal.launch and then we launch our custom launch file being:


<include file="$(find turtlebot_bringup)/launch/3dsensor.launch">
    <arg name="scan_topic" value="/scan" />

<node pkg="octomap_server" type="octomap_server_node" name="octomap_server">

                <param name="resolution" value="0.05" />

                <!-- fixed map frame (set to 'map' if SLAM or localization running) -->
                <param name="frame_id" type="string" value="/odom" />

                <!-- maximum range to integrate (speedup!) -->
                <param name="sensor_model/max_range" value="5.0" />

                <!-- data source to integrate (PointCloud2) -->
                <remap from="/cloud_in" to="/camera/depth_registered/points" />

                <remap from="tf_static" to="/tf" />



Before we had this error we used rviz.
Fixed frame in rviz as: /odom PointCloud2 topic: /octomap_point_cloud_centers
Note:unable to get anything but worked with the topic: /camera/depth_registered/points

Thank you in advance!

Originally posted by rexcummings on ROS Answers with karma: 1 on 2014-03-24

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Your launch file should work. I was able to do 3D mapping using the sample launch file in the octomap_server. Try to set the Target frame as:/camera_depth_frame to convert the camera_depth_optical_frame of kinect to camera_depth_frame.

Also if you are not getting the point cloud. Add the octomap_point_cloud when choosing the pointcloud2.

The odometry of turtlebot is very poor. So, do not expect to get very pretty and accurate 3D maps.

Originally posted by Vegeta with karma: 340 on 2014-04-23

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