[ros-users] RFC: rviz on Android

Jeff Rousseau <jrousseau@aptima.com> jrousseau at aptima.com
Mon Apr 23 18:55:03 UTC 2012


I think it really depends on what you want in your "android rviz"

We (at Aptima) have built some nice HTML5 UIs that wrap nicely into Android and iOS devices for controlling multiple robots.  So if you're looking for a replacement for something like the old nav_view functionality, we've found that HTML5 gives you some nice portability/code-reuse benefits.


I think of rviz as a "visual debugger" as well as an extremely basic navigation interface.  We cared more about building a UI for controlling the nav stack (queing waypoints, etc) so our use case might not be exactly the same.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: ros-users-bounces at code.ros.org [mailto:ros-users-
> bounces at code.ros.org] On Behalf Of Dariush Forouher
> Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 9:50 AM
> To: User discussions
> Subject: Re: [ros-users] RFC: rviz on Android
> Interesting, thanks for the many answers.
> I agree, building ROS apps for the browser is generally preferable for
> portability reasons.  I don't know whether a fullfledged rviz is doable inside
> the browser, however. wviz looks nice, though.
> @Dave: Working together on this sounds like a great idea. I was thinking of
> handing this out as a student project as well. Once I've found someone Ill
> contact you to see where we can contribute.
> cheers
> Dariush
> Am 21.04.2012 04:06, schrieb Michael Carroll:
> > I would certainly be interested in helping out.  I did a somewhat-iOS
> > capable ROS bridge based on a 3rd party app for the iPhone and iPad,
> > but I don't know that it's really a suitable long term solution.
> >
> > I, too, was considering something along the lines of rosbridge for a
> > more fully-featured cross platform "app" (which could support any web
> > enabled device).
> >
> > I think that if a "mobile ROS" is done, it should be with the goal to
> > be as cross platform as possible.  I understand this becomes
> > cumbersome when it comes to Rviz, but for most of the other
> > interesting day-to-day information, widgets and text should cover it.
> >
> > ~mc
> >
> > On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 13:00, Dave Hershberger
> > <hersh at willowgarage.com <mailto:hersh at willowgarage.com>> wrote:
> >
> >     er, I meant he's starting in May and I hope that in *June* we'll be
> >     ready to farm out the Display subclass work.
> >
> >     Dave
> >
> >
> >     On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM, Dave Hershberger
> >     <hersh at willowgarage.com <mailto:hersh at willowgarage.com>> wrote:
> >
> >         That's great, thanks.  The project is supposed to start sometime
> >         in May when my intern arrives.  Hopefully sometime in April
> >         we'll be ready to start writing Display classes, which is the
> >         place that looks easiest (to me) to farm out different pieces of
> >         work.  All Displays are subclasses of the Display class and they
> >         all use the same APIs do their various work, and there are about
> >         20 of them.
> >
> >         It will also be great to have people testing and reporting bugs
> >         in different use cases we might not see in-house.
> >
> >         Dave
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