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Splash Forums Support Jaco v2 cartesian velocity control broken

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    rongoldman
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    Hi. I have been trying to use Cartesian Velocity Control on our Jaco V2 arm (j2s7s300) and the angular velocity control part seems to be broken. I am trying to move the arm to a target pose and compute the difference between the current pose (as published by the topic /j2s7s300_driver/out/tool_pose) and my target pose. The resulting Twist values are then published to /j2s7s300_driver/in/cartesian_velocity. The arm’s XYZ position smoothly moves to the target pose position, but the arm’s orientation gets progressively worse.

    Doing some experimentation I discovered that things work okay if I transform the angular velocity from the base_link frame to the end_effector frame?!?!?! That seems very wrong: angular velocity component in a different frame then the linear component?

    As the ROS wrapper just sends the velocity values over USB to the arm controller that seems to be where the problem is located.

    Note: I am using the latest kinova-ros stack from github.

    — Ron —

    p.s. Using the joystick and commanding a motion along the Y axis I see a small rotation about the Z axis in the fingers’ orientation. Publishing cartesian velocity messages to do a similar motion shows the same Z-axis rotation if I set all the angular velocity values to zero. With the angular velocity values set to the difference between the actual & desired orientation in the base_link frame makes the orientation error worse, and the fingers’ orientation is now rotated about all the axes. Rotating the angular velocity correction into the end_effector frame causes the arm to maintain the desired orientation, correcting for the rotation about the Z axis.

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    rongoldman
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    Thinking more about this it seems that maybe the Cartesian velocity control was previously just used by the joystick where (from the JACO User Guide):

    “When controlling the arm in Cartesian mode with the joystick, the user commands the
    end-effector’s translations (position variations) with respect to the base and the rotations
    (orientation variations) around the end-effector’s reference point.”

    That makes sense for joystick control, but not sure it is best for programmatic control.

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