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I think you will be happy to know that we are doing exactly that for the next release (you can check details here and some discussion still happening here). There are a few leftovers yet that we will address shortly (like stop to install headers on the final image because now the yocto sdk will be made available).
realsense_camera ROS nodelet is being installed but we are facing some issues that may be on upstream as well (we have upgraded our meta-ros fork and soon we hope to get rid of it and track meta-ros upstream).
Furthermore help is needed to test all that, so if you ship to test those changes your feedbacks would be welcome. There are some major changes going on, so I advice you to start on a clean 'repo' from GitHub - mbelluzzo/intel-aero-manifest: manifest for intel aero official releases on master branch if you wish to see what is coming. Just remember that things may not be very stable on this branch just yet!
That is helpful, thanks! I'm very new to yocto, but I think I've got a fair grasp of how things work in the build system.
So, are you saying that I can potentially get *some* registered depth image to the camera image if I pull in the latest sandbox repo that you pointed me to? Because all I really want to do at the moment is benchmark the performance of my codebase against my current system; i.e. what are the issues that you are mentioning in the upstream driver? e.g. I will be ok, for now, if the stream stops after a while.
Do you have any ETA on when this particular milestone will be done? I'd very much like to use the ROS nodes for my research codebase, but I don't really have too many cycles to work on this platform
Alternatively, has anyone (e.g.mindThomas) have any luck using the librealsense ROS driver on an ubuntu image?
Since you don't have an issue tracker, I'm just replying on this thread. I checked out the master as you suggested, but the build failed while trying to compile python-imaging. I manually copied over the patch mentioned at Python-Imaging Error · Issue #395 · bmwcarit/meta-ros · GitHub to get everything to build.
We do have an issue tracker. The discussion link I listed on my first reply is exactly a discussion happening on it. Anyhow, here is the direct link:
We are still not completely done with ROS Node and news about it will be posted on the issue tracker.