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API review

Proposer: Eric Perko

Reviewers (planning to attend IRC meeting):


There is a need for a standardized ROS message to represent data from active range sensors other than lasers. Examples of these types of sensors are sonars and simple IR rangers.


This new message should represent data from range sensors. These sensors are characterized by a model that emits some form of energy and measures the amount of time it takes that energy emission to return to the sensor in order to calculate distance. Unlike a laser scanner, these sensors do not return the range for a narrow beam; instead, their range reading represents the echo from anywhere along an arc at the distance measured. There are also a number of different types of energy that are commonly used in these sensors - the most common are ultrasound and infrared light.

Proposed Messages

Question / concerns / comments

Enter your thoughts on the API and any questions / concerns you have here. Please sign your name. Anything you want to address in the API review should be marked down here before the start of the meeting.

Meeting agenda

The review meeting will be held on-line via IRC using #meeting.ros.org at freenode.net.

This meeting has been scheduled for Monday, 2010-10-11 at 4:15PM Eastern Time (1:15PM Pacific Time).

Meeting Transcript ReviewMeetingLog.html


[1] http://www.gecad.isep.ipp.pt/iscies09/Papers/19November/iscies09_sharp_model.pdf


Action items:

The review period is now over. See https://code.ros.org/trac/ros-pkg/ticket/4488 for the ticket and final version of the message.

2022-08-13 13:04