Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rind: ROS Status Indicator

At I Heart Robotics we are a little obsessed with ROS. We have been using it regularly for several projects and to make our lives easier we built this little tool.

Rind is an indicator applet for ROS that runs on Ubuntu and possibly other *nixes. It provides a means of starting and stopping roscore, launching rxconsole and listing the available topics and running nodes.

Please leave comments here for feedback.


Jeff Rousseau said...

I get an "AccessDenied" error when trying to visit the Rind link


I Heart Robotics said...

Whats the link that is breaking?

It is part of our ros repository which can be donloaded using git.
git clone git://github.com/IHeartRobotics/iheart-ros-pkg.git

Jeff Rousseau said...

yes, that was the link. looks like its back up now though. I must've checked it at a bad time...

Will definitely have to try this out. beats having a terminal open all the time just to run roscore

I Heart Robotics said...

Right now the app does not run as a daemon so if you want it to start when you login you need to add it by going to
System > Preferences > Startup Applications
and adding it there.

It is a bit of a kludge until I change it back to a panel applet instead of appindicator.

Also of note is that it requires Ubuntu 10.04 or greater

Unknown said...

Nice app!
1) want to launch rviz and pr2_dashboard from rind
2) can we connect to the rosmaster in remote host?

I Heart Robotics said...

The next version will support launching rviz and pr2_dashboard. Also it will support automatically configuring the ROS_MASTER_URI and connecting to remote masters via zeroconf.