Read point cloud data based on field name
reads the point field from the
fielddata = readField(
pcloud, specified by
fieldname and returns it in
fieldname does not exist, the function displays an error. To
preserve the structure of the point cloud data, see Preserving Point Cloud Structure.
Read Specific Field From Point Cloud Message
Load sample ROS messages including a ROS point cloud message,
'x' field name available on the point cloud message.
x = readField(ptcloud,'x');
pcloud — Point cloud
PointCloud2 object handle
Point cloud, specified as a
PointCloud2 object handle for a
sensor_msgs/PointCloud2 ROS message.
fieldname — Field name of point cloud data
string scalar | character vector
Field name of point cloud data, specified as a string scalar or character
vector. This string must match the field name exactly. If
fieldname does not exist, the function displays an
fielddata — List of field values from point cloud
List of field values from point cloud, returned as a matrix. Each row of
the matrix is a point cloud reading, where n is the
number of points and c is the number of values for each
point. If the point cloud object being read has the
PreserveStructureOnRead property set to true, the
points are returned as an
matrix. For more information, see Preserving Point Cloud Structure.
Point cloud data can be organized in either 1-D lists or in 2-D image styles. 2-D
image styles usually come from depth sensors or stereo cameras. The input
PointCloud2 object contains a
property that is either
Suppose you set the property to
pcloud.PreserveStructureOnRead = true;
Now calling any read functions (
preserves the organizational structure of the point cloud. When you preserve the
structure, the output matrices are of size
m is the height, n is the width, and
d is the number of return values for each point. Otherwise, all
points are returned as a x-by-d list. This
structure can be preserved only if the point cloud is organized.
Version HistoryIntroduced in R2019b
R2021a: ROS Message Structure Functions
You can now create messages as structures with fields matching the message object properties. Using structures typically improves performance of creating, updating, and using ROS messages, but message fields are no longer validated when set. Message types and corresponding field values from the structures are validated when sent across the network.
To support message structures as inputs, new functions that operate on specialized ROS messages have been provided. These new functions are based on the existing object functions of message objects, but support ROS and ROS 2 message structures as inputs instead of message objects.
The object functions will be removed in a future release.
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