Setting Joint Velocites

The Armer interface listens to ROS messages published on the /arm/joint/velocity topic to control joint velocity.

The user can publish to this topic to set the joint velocites of any or all of the joints on a manipulator.

Via Python

ROS topics can be published to from a Python script using Rospy, the ROS Python client.

The following code example shows the setting of joint velocities on a robot with 6 joints. Joints 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are set to 0 rad/s while the second joint from the base is set to rotate at 0.1 rad/s in a clockwise direction.. The number of elements in the vel_msg.joints array should match with the joints on the target robot.


The joint will continue rotating till the script is killed (ctrl+c).

import rospy
from armer_msgs.msg import JointVelocity

rospy.init_node('armer_example', disable_signals=True)
vel_pub = rospy.Publisher('/arm/joint/velocity', JointVelocity, queue_size=1)
vel_msg = JointVelocity()
vel_msg.joints = [0.0, 0.1, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0]

while True:

The length of the vel_msg.joints array will be dependent on the number of joints in the target manipulator. This example shows a 7 jointed arm.

Testing from Command Line

Publishing to the joint velocity topic can be done from the command line.

The ROS command to publish to a topic syntax begins with rostopic pub followed by the topic to publish to, the message type and finally the message itself to publish. This can be greatly simplfied on the command line by using tab to autocomplete.


Unfortunately the autocomplete this message type is broken and should be manually corrected from joints:- 0" to "joints: [0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0]" where the number of elements in the joints array corresponds to the number of joints on the manipulator.

The following code snippet displays an example of setting the velocty of the second joint of the manipulator to rotate at 0.1 rad/s.


The -r argument tells the node to publish continuously at 100 Hz. This example will continuously request the second joint of the manipulator to rotate at 0.1 rad/s so the robot will move until killed (ctrl+c).

rostopic pub -r 100 /arm/joint/velocity armer_msgs/JointVelocity "joints: [0.0, 0.1, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0]"