Tutorial for Visual SLAM with Isaac Sim

After Localization


This tutorial walks you through a graph to estimate 3D pose of the camera with Visual SLAM using images from Isaac Sim.

Tutorial Walkthrough

  1. Complete the quickstart.

  2. Launch the Docker container using the run_dev.sh script:

    cd ${ISAAC_ROS_WS}/src/isaac_ros_common && \
  3. Install and launch Isaac Sim following the steps in the Isaac ROS Isaac Sim Setup Guide

  4. Press Play to start publishing data from the Isaac Sim.

  5. In a separate terminal, start isaac_ros_visual_slam using the launch files:

    ros2 launch isaac_ros_visual_slam isaac_ros_visual_slam_isaac_sim.launch.py
  1. In a separate terminal, send the signal to move the robot about as follows:

    ros2 topic pub --once /cmd_vel geometry_msgs/msg/Twist "{linear: {x: 0.2, y: 0.0, z: 0.0}, angular: {x: 0.0, y: 0.0, z: 0.2}}"
  1. In a separate terminal, spin up RViz with default configuration file to see the rich visualizations as the robot moves.

    rviz2 -d $(ros2 pkg prefix isaac_ros_visual_slam --share)/rviz/isaac_sim.cfg.rviz
  2. To see the odometry messages, in a separate terminal echo the contents of the /visual_slam/tracking/odometry topic with the following command:

    ros2 topic echo /visual_slam/tracking/odometry

Saving and Using the Map

As soon as you start the visual SLAM node, it starts storing the landmarks and the pose graph. You can save them in a map and store the map onto a disk. Make a call to the SaveMap ROS 2 Action with the following command:


/path/to/save/the/map must be a new empty directory every time you call this action because this action overwrites the existing contents.

ros2 action send_goal /visual_slam/save_map isaac_ros_visual_slam_interfaces/action/SaveMap "{map_url: /path/to/save/the/map}"

Try to load and localize in the previously saved map. Stop the visual_slam node launched for creating and saving the map, then relaunch it.

Use the following command to load the map from the disk and provide an approximate start location (prior):

ros2 action send_goal /visual_slam/load_map_and_localize isaac_ros_visual_slam_interfaces/action/LoadMapAndLocalize "{map_url: /path/to/save/the/map, localize_near_point: {x: x_val, y: y_val, z: z_val}}"

After the above step returns success, you have successfully loaded and localized your robot in the map. If it results in failure, there might be a possibility that the current landmarks from the approximate start location are not matching with stored landmarks and you need to provide another valid value.

Before Localization
After Localization