[ros-users] RFC: rviz on Android

Damon Kohler damonkohler at google.com
Fri Apr 20 09:23:47 UTC 2012

On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM, Dariush Forouher
<forouher at iti.uni-luebeck.de> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Working with a mobile robot I sometimes dream of having a tablet running
> rviz, that would visualize all the data and had a nice touchscreen interface
> for moving and stuff.
> * Is someone already working on this or has worked in the past?

The android_core stack is evolving toward something like rviz.
However, rather than focusing on a single rviz-like application, the
focus is on creating Android Views that could be combined to build it.

One example is the  VisualizationView:


> * What would be the best approach? Reimplement everything or
>  try to adapt rviz_qt to run on Android?

I think re-implementing everything with Android in mind is the best
approach. Attempting a direct port will probably lead to
inflexibility and sub-optimal performance.

There are a lot of additional considerations when working on mobile
devices that, as a desktop application, rviz does not need to take
into account.

> * What features would be the most interesting?

I've been focusing primarily on mapping, other point-like
visualizations, and 2D camera control for now. Once the views are in
place, building a flexible app, like rviz, that can be configured at
run time to show arbitrary topic data should be straight forward.

> cheers
> Dariush
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