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ROS 2 Tutorial Multi Device

ROS 2 Tutorial Multi Device

This section describes how to configure and use multiple Orbbec cameras simultaneously in a ROS 2 environment.

 

 

Identifying Camera USB Ports

 

Script to List Connected Cameras

To determine which USB ports the cameras are connected to, you can use the following bash script. This script lists all Orbbec devices attached to the system along with their USB port and serial number.

#!/bin/bash

VID="2bc5"

for dev in /sys/bus/usb/devices/*; do
  if [ -e "$dev/idVendor" ]; then
    vid=$(cat "$dev/idVendor")
    if [ "$vid" == "${VID}" ]; then
      port=$(basename $dev)
      product=$(cat "$dev/product" 2>/dev/null) # product name
      serial=$(cat "$dev/serial" 2>/dev/null) # serial number
      echo "Found Orbbec device $product, usb port $port, serial number $serial"
    fi
  fi
done

Save this script to a file and execute it in your terminal to output a list of connected cameras.

 

 

Launching Multiple Cameras

 

Setup for Multiple Camera Launch

You can launch multiple cameras by specifying different USB ports for each camera. Below is an example Python script that uses the ROS 2 launch system to start two cameras with individual configurations.

from launch import LaunchDescription
from launch.actions import DeclareLaunchArgument, IncludeLaunchDescription, GroupAction, ExecuteProcess
from launch.launch_description_sources from ament_index_python.packages import get_package_share_directory
import os

def generate_launch_description():
    package_dir = get_package_share_directory('orbbec_camera')
    launch_file_dir = os.path.join(package_dir, 'launch')

    launch1_include = IncludeLaunchDescription(
        PythonLaunchDescriptionSource(os.path.join(launch_file_dir, 'gemini2R.launch.py')),
        launch_arguments={'camera_name': 'camera_01', 'usb_port': '2-3.4.4.4.1', 'device_num': '2', 'sync_mode': 'free_run'}.items()
    )

    launch2_include = IncludeLaunchDescription(
        PythonLaunchDescriptionSource(os.path.join(launch_file_dir, 'gemini2R.launch.py')),
        launch_arguments={'camera_name': 'camera_02', 'usb_port': '2-3.4.4.4.3', 'device_num': '2', 'sync_mode': 'free_run'}.items()
    )

    ld = LaunchDescription([
        GroupAction([launch1_include]),
        GroupAction([launch2_include])
    ])

    return ld

Running the Launch File

To execute the launch configuration for multiple cameras, use the command:

ros2 launch orbbec_camera multi_camera.launch.py



Configuring the TF Tree for Multiple Cameras

 

Example TF Configuration for Two Cameras

When using multiple cameras, it’s essential to calibrate them and publish a static TF tree for each camera. The following Python script configures the TF tree based on your calibration results:

from launch import LaunchDescription
from launch_ros.actions import Node

def generate_launch_description():
    ld = LaunchDescription([
        Node(
            package='tf2_ros',
            executable='static_transform_publisher',
            name='camera_01_tf',
            arguments=['0', '0', '0', '0', '0', '0', 'base_link', 'camera_01_link'],
            output='screen'
        ),
        Node(
            package='tf2_ros',
            executable='static_transform_publisher',
            name='camera_02_tf',
            arguments=['0', '0', '0', '0', '0', '0', 'base_link', 'camera_02_link'],
            output='screen'
        )
    ])

    return ld

Save this configuration as multi_camera_tf.launch.py in the launch directory of the Orbbec camera package. To run it, use:

ros2 launch orbbec_camera multi_camera_tf.launch.py

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