I have recieved and installed a software update (qre_a1-3.3.1). Although the installation and the catkin build worked fine, there seem to be some issues with the IP adress configuration. I tried to launch the a1_base node through the base.launch file but ended up with the following error:
When analysing the issue, i found that the IP address can be configured in the base.launch file, so I tried every combination in there, but I got the same error every time.
Our Unitree A1 has the two computer setup - one Raspberry Pi (192.168.123.161) and one Nvdia Tx board (192.168.123.12). In contrast to most software and user manuals, the IP addresses are switched up. Since we are running ROS on the Nvidia board, I believe this could be the place to start troubleshooting.
We are trying to run the high-level controller.
Since there are no dependencies listed, I have placed the package in a empty catkin workspace. This seem suspicious to me, since the old version had some dependencies on the unitree_legged_sdk and lcm-server.
Does somebody know what the IP address in the base.launch file corresponds to and what the correct one would be in my case?
Are there any additional dependencies not listed in the package description?
That is correct. In 3.3.1 everything has changed, infact to operate it using the high-level ROS, the A1 has to be put in sports mode. Also currently, the A1 joint description has not been verified with 3.3.1, which we are working on, however, it is not a high priority due to which no time line can be given for it.
Ok, i have double checked that the robot is in sports mode, but the error remains. May I ask what the meaning of the IP address in the base.launch file is for, and how I would go on to find the correct one?
Another question that has come up during the analysis of the updated software is: What are the advantages of the version 3.3.1 in comparison to version 3.2?
Also in built odometry calculation. One thing to check is whether your A1’s firmware has been updated, its sport mode version should be >= 1.19. You can check it via the mobile app or via this previous forum.
Thanks for mentioning that previous forum post, I am actually continuing this project startet by Tenzin who wrote this post. It looks like they had the same issue, which still hasn’t been fixed. The firmware Version should be >= 1.19.
In the mentioned forum post an updated version 3.3.4, that should fix this issue is mentioned. Do you know if this version already exists and how I could get the updated version?
Since there is no Unitree app in the app store, i downloaded the beta version with test-flight to check the firmware version there, but it was not able to connect with the robot. But we are not interested in using the app, so this proposes no problem to us.