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I have a question about the Pose message. There art two different Pose :

  • geometry_msgs/Pose.msg
    Point position
    Quaternion orientation

  • turtlesim/Pose.msg
    float32 x
    float32 y
    float32 theta
    float32 linear_velocity
    float32 angular_velocity

I want to know what is the equivalent of turtlesim pose.theta in the geometry pose :

  • pose.orientation.z ?
  • pose.orientation.w ?
  • yaw from euler_from_quaternion(pose.orientation.x, pose.orientation.y, pose.orientation.z, pose.orientation.w) ?

Thank you in advance.

Originally posted by Shanika on ROS Answers with karma: 66 on 2019-06-28

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There is no 1 to 1 mapping between turtlesim pose.theta and any of the values in geometry_msgs/Pose. The turtlesim pose is a 2D pose so it expresses orientation as a single angle in radians, but geometry_msgs/Pose is a 3D pose so it expresses rotation as a Quaternion (4D unit vector).

If you need to create a geometry_msgs/Pose from a turtlesim/Pose message then you can use the tf2::Quaternion.setRPY( Roll, Pitch, Yaw ) method and set Roll and Pitch to zero. This will create the quaternion and do all the complicated maths for you.

Here is some background on rotation quaternions if you want to learn about the theory.

Hope this helps.


If it is safe to assume that your robot will always be upright on a level surface then it will be safe to use the euler_from_quaternion method to calculate the roll, pitch and yaw of the pose and then to take the yaw value and use that. It should be noted that the behaviour of this approach will be strange and incorrect if the pose messages are not level!

Originally posted by PeteBlackerThe3rd with karma: 9529 on 2019-06-28

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Comment by Shanika on 2019-06-28:
I am trying to write a Go to Goal code for my robot based on turtlesim Go to Goal tutorial. Howerver, how I suscribe to my robot's pose is different than for the turtlesim one. I suscribed to my odom topic and use the pose of my odom message.

Comment by PeteBlackerThe3rd on 2019-06-28:
To clarify you need to convert a geometry_msgs/Pose into a turtlesim/Pose message?

Comment by Shanika on 2019-07-01:
Yes. In the tutorial, they use the turtlesim/Pose.theta but I don't know to what it corresponds in the geometry_msgs/Pose.

Comment by PeteBlackerThe3rd on 2019-07-02:
I've updated me answer for you now.


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