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How to Use a SpaceNavigator with the spacenav_node

Description: This tutorial is an introduction to using the 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator connected to a desktop. After reading this, you should be able to bring up the spacenav_node and display the data.

Keywords: spacenavigator, 3DConnexion, joystick, driver

Tutorial Level: BEGINNER

Next Tutorial: Writing a Teleoperation Node for the SpaceNavigator


Start by getting the dependencies and compiling the driver.

$ sudo apt install spacenavd
$ sudo apt install ros-indigo-spacenav-node

Plugged In

Make sure that your SpaceNavigator is plugged into the USB port.

Running the spacenav_node

$ roslaunch spacenav_node classic.launch

Viewing the data

The spacenav_node publishes four topics:

rostopic list

You will see something similar to:

To see that everything is working and data is being published to ROS, in a new terminal:

$ rostopic echo /spacenav/joy

You will see something similar to:

Move the spacenavigator around to see the data change.

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