What is Kinect?

Kinect consists of three parts that work together: an RGB camera, a depth sensor, and a multi-array microphone. The TurtleBot uses Kinect to see the world in 3D and for detecting and tracking objects.


First of all, make sure you have the openni packages installed:

sudo apt-get install ros-indigo-openni-*

You can check the active 3D sensor of TurtleBot by running:


You have the right active 3D sensor if you see kinect. If you see asus_xtion_pro or something else you will need to set another value in .bashrc:

echo "export TURTLEBOT_3D_SENSOR=kinect" >> .bashrc

or run this command in every new terminal:


Testing Kinect

To test Kinect sensor in simulated environment, fire up a standard Turtlebot simulation by running:

roslaunch turtlebot_gazebo turtlebot_world.launch

Next, start the Rviz by running:

roslaunch turtlebot_rviz_launchers view_robot.launch

Then click on DepthCloud option on the left side and, move your camera with mouse. You should see Kinect’s depth cloud in various colors.

Simulated Kinect