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Step 5: Navigation Full Stack

Introduction to the Navigation Full Stack

The Edge Insights for Autonomous Mobile Robots navigation full stack contains a lot of components that help the robot navigate, avoid obstacles, and map an area. For example:
  • Intel® RealSense™ camera node: receives input from the camera and publishes topics used by the vSLAM algorithm
  • Robot base node: receives input from the motor controller (for example, from wheel encoders) and sends commands to the motor controller to move the robot
  • ros-base-camera-tf
    : Uses
    to create transforms between
    publishes a static coordinate transform to tf using an x/y/z offset in meters and yaw/pitch/roll in radians. The period, in milliseconds, specifies how often to send a transform.
    • yaw = rotation on the x axis
    • pitch = rotation on the y axis
    • roll = rotation on the z axis
  • FastMapping: an algorithm to create a 3D voxelmap of a robot’s surroundings, based on Intel® RealSense™ camera’s depth sensor data and provide the 2D map needed by the Navigation 2 stack
  • nav2
    : the navigation package
  • Wandering: demonstrates the combination of middleware, algorithms, and the ROS 2 navigation stack to move a robot around a room without hitting obstacles
In Edge Insights for Autonomous Mobile Robots, there two examples:
cd <edge_insights_for_amr_path>/Edge_Insights_for_Autonomous_Mobile_Robots_*/AMR_containers ls 01_docker_sdk_env/docker_compose/05_tutorials/aaeon_wandering__aaeon_realsense_collab_slam_fm_nav2.tutorial.yml ls 01_docker_sdk_env/docker_compose/05_tutorials/pengo_wandering__kobuki_realsense_collab_slam_fm_nav2.tutorial.yml

Create a Parameter File for Your Robotic Kit

To create a parameter file for your robotic kit:
cp 01_docker_sdk_env/docker_compose/05_tutorials/aaeon_wandering__aaeon_realsense_collab_slam_fm_nav2.tutorial.yml 01_docker_sdk_env/docker_compose/05_tutorials/generic_robot_wandering__aaeon_realsense_collab_slam_fm_nav2.tutorial.yml # Replace generic_robot_nav to a name that makes sense to your robotic kit. gedit 01_docker_sdk_env/docker_compose/05_tutorials/generic_robot_wandering__aaeon_realsense_collab_slam_fm_nav2.tutorial.yml # you can also use any other preferred editor, it is important though to keep the path.
Make all of the changes that are specific to your robotic kit:
  1. Replace the
    target with the generic robot node you created in Step 3: Robot Base Node ROS 2 Node.
  2. Remove the
    target because this is specific to AAEON’s UP Xtreme i11 Robotic Kit.
  3. In the ROS 2 command file, change the Navigation 2 target so that
    targets the parameter file you created in Step 4: Robot Base Node ROS 2 Navigation Parameter File.
  4. In the
    target, change the transform values from
    . The values for x, y, and z depend on where your Intel® RealSense™ camera is set.

Start Mapping an Area with Your Robot

  1. Place the robot in an area with multiple objects in it.
  2. Go to the installation folder of Edge_Insights_for_Autonomous_Mobile_Robots:
    cd <edge_insights_for_amr_path>Edge_Insights_for_Autonomous_Mobile_Robots_*/AMR_containers/ source ./01_docker_sdk_env/docker_compose/common/docker_compose.source export CONTAINER_BASE_PATH=`pwd` export ROS_DOMAIN_ID=27
  3. Start mapping the area:
    docker-compose -f 01_docker_sdk_env/docker_compose/05_tutorials/generic_robot_wandering__aaeon_realsense_collab_slam_fm_nav2.tutorial.yml up
    Expected result: The robot starts wandering around the room and mapping the entire area.
  4. On a different terminal, prepare the environment to visualize the mapping and the robot using rviz2.
    If available, use a different development machine because rviz2 consumes a lot of resources that may interfere with the robot.
    cd <edge_insights_for_amr_path>Edge_Insights_for_Autonomous_Mobile_Robots_*/AMR_containers/ source ./01_docker_sdk_env/docker_compose/common/docker_compose.source export CONTAINER_BASE_PATH=`pwd` export ROS_DOMAIN_ID=27 CHOOSE_USER=eiforamr docker-compose -f 01_docker_sdk_env/docker_compose/05_tutorials/rviz_robot_wandering.yml up
  5. To see the map in 3D, check the MarkerArray:
    Displaying in 3D consumes a lot of system resources. Intel recommends opening rviz2 on a development system. The development system needs to be in the same network and have the same ROS_DOMAIN_ID set.
  6. To stop the robot from mapping the area, do one of the following:
    • Type
      in the terminal where the aaeon_wandering__aaeon_realsense_collab_slam_fm_nav2_ukf.tutorial.yml was run.
    • (Preferred method because this option cleans the workspace) On the system you used docker-compose up on in step 2, use docker-compose down:
    docker-compose -f 01_docker_sdk_env/docker_compose/05_tutorials/generic_robot_wandering__aaeon_realsense_collab_slam_fm_nav2.tutorial.yml down --remove-orphans

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