We are using Kinect in this robot for replicating the function of expensive laser range scanner. Kinect can deliver Point Cloud data which contains the depth of each point of surrounding. The Point Cloud data is processed and converted to data equivalent to a laser scanner using the ROS
depthimage_to_laserscan package. The main function of this package is to slice a section of the Point Cloud data and convert it to a laser scan equivalent data type. The
Pointcloud2 data type is
sensor_msgs/PointCloud2 and for the laser scanner, the data type is
sensor_msgs/LaserScan. This package will perform this processing and fake the laser scanner. The laser scanner output can be viewed using RViz. In order to run ...