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Get IMU data from TurtleBot

Add-On Required: This feature requires the ROS Toolbox Support Package for TurtleBot-Based Robots add-on.



imuData = getIMU(tbot) waits for the next published IMU reading message from the TurtleBot® connected through the interface object, tbot, and returns the IMU reading. If no message is received in five seconds, the function displays an error..

[imuData,imuDataMsg = getIMU(tbot) also returns the received ROS IMU message.

___ = getIMU(tbot,timeout) waits for the next image for timeout seconds. If no new message is received in that time, the function displays an error. A timeout of zero returns the latest received message without waiting. If no message has been received, the function returns an empty matrix for imuData and an empty message for imuDataMsg, if specified.


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Connect to the TurtleBot robot. Change '' to the IP address of the robot.

tbot = turtlebot('');

Get the latest IMU reading from the TurtleBot.

imuData = getIMU(tbot);

Input Arguments

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TurtleBot interface object, specified as a turtlebot object. The object contains properties for activating subscribers and accessing topic names relevant to the TurtleBot. The properties contain the topic name and active status of different subscribers for the TurtleBot. When you create the object with turtlebot, the properties available are:

tbot = turtlebot
tbot = 

  turtlebot with properties:

           Velocity: [1x1 struct]
         ColorImage: [1x1 struct]
          GrayImage: [1x1 struct]
         DepthImage: [1x1 struct]
         PointCloud: [1x1 struct]
          LaserScan: [1x1 struct]
           Odometry: [1x1 struct]
      OdometryReset: [1x1 struct]
                IMU: [1x1 struct]
    TransformFrames: {0x1 cell}
         TopicNames: {3x1 cell}

For properties with relevant ROS data messages, you can view the topic name and a subscriber’s active status. A specific subscriber is active for the given TopicName if Active equals 1.

ans = 

    TopicName: '/mobile_base/commands/velocity'
       Active: 1

Timeout for receiving an image, specified as a scalar in seconds. The function returns an error after timeout seconds. If timeout equals zero, the function returns the latest image. If the TurtleBot has no latest message, the function returns a blank image and blank image message.

Output Arguments

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IMU reading from TurtleBot, returned as a structure containing an Orientation field. Orientation is a three-element row vector containing the 3-D orientation estimate of the TurtleBot based on the IMU sensor. The orientation is returned in [raw pitch roll] form with angles is radians.

'sensor_msgs/Imu' ROS IMU message, specified as an Imu object handle.


Version History

Introduced in R2016a