brunel_hand_ros repository

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Last Updated 2018-04-12


Name Version
brunel_hand_ros 0.0.0




This ROS package defines several nodes and message types for working with the Brunel Hand by Open Bionics. It is documented on the ROS Wiki at


  • hand_dev_file: device file corresponding to serial connection with Brunel Hand. Default value is /dev/ttyACM0


/fpose /motion_primitive /raw_input

Installation and dependencies

This package is being developed with the ROS Kinetic distribution as its initial target, but backward and forward ports are planned.


Getting started

As an initial demonstration, try

roslaunch brunel_hand_ros toggle_fist.launch

This will start examples/ and the main interface node, named proxy. The hand should begin to alternate between open and closed fists.

Internal interface notes

For interaction with the hand firmware directly over USB, the serial connection speed is 115200 bps (bits per second), and no carrier-watch. E.g., using C-Kermit and supposing that your host computer associated /dev/ttyACM0 with the USB device,

kermit -l /dev/ttyACM0
> set speed 115200
> set carrier-watch off
> set terminal lf-display CRLF
> connect

After connecting, try # to get the system diagnostics, and try ? to get the list of serial commands.



All participation must follow our code of conduct, elaborated in the file in the same directory as this README.

Reporting errors, requesting features

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Contributing changes or new code

Contributions are welcome! There is no formal declaration of code style. Just try to follow the style and structure currently in the repository.

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This is free software, released under the Apache License, Version 2.0. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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