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This chapter shows some demos using Turtlebot3. In order to implement these demos, you have to install the turtlebot3_applications package.

Note : Turtlebot3 has been tested on Ubuntu 16.04 and ROS Kinetic Kame.

Tip : The terminal application can be found with the Ubuntu search icon on the top left corner of the screen. Shortcut key for terminal is Ctrl-Alt-T.

[Remote PC] Go to ROS source directory (/home//catkin_ws/src) and clone the turtlebot3_applications repository.

  cd ~/catkin_ws/src
  git clone https://github.com/ROBOTIS-GIT/turtlebot3_applications.git

[Remote PC] catkin_make to install the new package.

  cd ~/catkin_ws && catkin_make

TurtleBot Follower Demo

Note : The follower demo was implemented only using a 360 Laser Distance Sensor LDS-01. a classification algorithm is used based on previous fitting with samples of person and obstacles positions to take actions. It follows someone in front of the robot within a 50 centimeter range and 140 degrees.

Note : Running the follower demo in an area with obstacles may not work well. Therefore, it is recommended to run the demo in an open area without obstacles.

[TurtleBot] In order to run the demo, parameter in LIDAR launch file has to be modified. In the below example, Pluma is used to edit the launch file. In the param tag with frame_id as a name, replace base_scan to odom and save the file as shown in the below images.

  pluma ~/catkin_ws/src/turtlebot3/turtlebot3_bringup/launch/turtlebot3_lidar.launch

Note : Turtlebot Follower Demo requires scikit-learn, NumPy and ScyPy packages.

[Remote PC] Install scikit-learn, NumPy and ScyPy packages with below commands.

  sudo apt-get install python-pip
  sudo pip install -U scikit-learn numpy scipy
  sudo pip install --upgrade pip

[Remote PC] When installation is completed, run roscore on the remote pc with below command.


[TurtleBot] Launch the Turtlebot3_bringup

  roslaunch turtlebot3_bringup turtlebot3_robot.launch

[Remote PC] Move to turtlebot3_follower source directory

  cd ~/catkin_ws/src/turtlebot3_applications/turtlebot3_follower/src

[Remote PC] Launch turtlebot3_follow_filter with below command.

  roslaunch turtlebot3_follow_filter turtlebot3_follow_filter.launch

[Remote PC] Launch turtlebot3_follower with below command.

  rosrun turtlebot3_follower follower.py

TurtleBot Panorama Demo Using Raspberry Pi Camera Module

Note : The turtlebot3_panorama demo uses pano_ros for taking snapshots and stitching them together to create panoramic image.

Note : Panorama demo requires to install Raspicam package. Instructions for installing this package can be found at https://github.com/UbiquityRobotics/raspicam_node

Note : Panorama demo requires to install OpenCV and cvbridge packages. Instructions for installing OpenCV can be found at http://docs.opencv.org/2.4/doc/tutorials/introduction/linux_install/linux_install.html

[TurtleBot] Launch the Raspberry Pi cam V2

  roslaunch raspicam_node camerav2_1280x960.launch

[Remote PC] Launch Panorama with below command.

  roslaunch turtlebot3_panorama panorama.launch

[Remote PC] To start the panorama demo, please enter below command.

  rosservice call turtlebot3_panorama/take_pano 0 360.0 30.0 0.3

Parameters that can be sent to the rosservice to get a panoramic image are:

[Remote PC] To view the result image, please enter below command.

  rqt_image_view image:=/turtlebot3_panorama/panorama

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