View Full Version : Novint Falcon and ROS

08-21-2014, 12:49 PM
Hey guys,
I am working on a bilateral teleoperation system over ROS and I want to use the Novint Falcon as the haptic input device. I searched online and there is a way to use it in Ubuntu and ROS. However I am running into a lot of issues with just the installation of the drivers. I found out that I needed to install 3 things namely,
1. Boost C++ libraries http://www.boost.com
2. Libnifalcon https://github.com/qdot/libnifalcon
3. Rosfalcon https://wiki.qut.edu.au/display/cyphy/RosFalcon

I have installed Boost and Libnifalcon but I am unable to install Rosfalcon using roscd rosdep etc. It keeps throwing some error. The latest error was

ERROR: the following packages/stacks could not have their rosdep keys resolved to system dependencies: rosfalcon: Cannot locate rosdep definition for [libnifalcon]

I am primarily a Windows guy and everything is quite new to me. I would really appreciate if you guys can help me out.

08-22-2014, 04:17 PM
If you have already installed libnifalcon and the rosfalcon download is in your ros workspace, then you should be able to just use 'roscd rosfalcon' then 'rosmake rosfalcon'. I'm not too familiar with the old ros build system anymore, so the ros-answers site (http://answers.ros.org/questions/) would be another place to ask for help or check for existing solutions.

10-16-2014, 11:05 AM
I was told by a lot of people to just upgrade everything. I followed the migration guide and catkinized the package, upgraded ubuntu and ros to Indigo and it works now. I have a better understanding of the whole ros workspace thing now.