ROS With Arducam ToF Camera – for Raspberry Pi
Robot Operating System (ROS or ros) is an open-source robotics middleware suite. Although ROS is not an operating system (OS) but a set of software frameworks for robot software development, it provides services designed for a heterogeneous computer cluster such as hardware abstraction, low-level device control, implementation of commonly used functionality, message-passing between processes, and package management.
Using ROS2 with Arducam ToF Camera
To properly use ROS2 with Arducam ToF Camera, the camera driver and necessary dependencies have to be installed first.
- If you have NOT installed them yet, start from Step 1. (Step 1, 2, 3 are same commands as those instructed in <Getting Started: Arducam ToF Camera for Raspberry Pi>
- If you have already installed them, please start from Step 4.
Step 1. Pull the repository.
Step 2. Change the directory to Arducam_tof_camera
Step 3. Installation (Driver, Dependencies, SDK, OpenCV)
When you see the reboot prompt, enter y. Raspberry Pi will automatically reboot.
Step 4. Installing ROS2
Step 5. Compile & run ROS2 on your Raspberry Pi
Step 6. Previewing on your HOST computer
Install ROS2 on your host PC, and run rviz2
Click Add > By topic > Select PointCloud2
Enable PointCloud2, change Fixed Frame to sensor_frame, and change Size (m) to 0.001, and you will see a real-time point cloud preview like the following: