Examples: Movement

This document shows how to control Ned in order to make Move Joints & Move Pose.

If you want to see more, you can look at PyNiryo - Joints & Pose


In the following sections, you are supposed to be already connected to a calibrated robot. The robot’s instance is saved in the variable robot. To know how to do so, go look at section Examples: Basics.


If you are using the real robot, make sure the environment around it is clear.


Move Joints

To make a moveJ, you can either provide:

  • 6 floats : j1, j2, j3, j4, j5, j6

  • a list of 6 floats : [j1, j2, j3, j4, j5, j6]

It is possible to provide these parameters to the function move_joints() or via the joints setter, at your convenience:

# Moving Joints with function & 6 floats
robot.move_joints(0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0)

# Moving Joints with function & a list of floats
robot.move_joints([-0.5, -0.6, 0.0, 0.3, 0.0, 0.0])

# Moving Joints with setter & 6 floats
robot.joints = 0.2, -0.4, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0

# Moving Joints with setter & a list of floats
robot.joints = [-0.2, 0.3, 0.2, 0.3, -0.6, 0.0]

You should note that these 4 commands are doing exactly the same thing! In your future scripts, chose the one you prefer, but try to remain consistent to keep a good readability.

Get Joints

To get actual joint positions, you can use the function get_joints() or the joints getter. Both will return a list of the 6 joints position:

# Getting Joints with function
joints_read = robot.get_joints()

# Getting Joints with getter
joints_read = robot.joints


As we are developing in Python, we can unpack list very easily, which means that we can retrieve joints value in 6 variables by writing j1, j2, j3, j4, j5, j6 = robot.get_joints().


Move Pose

To perform a moveP, you can provide:

  • 6 floats : x, y, z, roll, pitch, yaw

  • a list of 6 floats : [x, y, z, roll, pitch, yaw]

  • a PoseObject

As for MoveJ, it is possible to provide these parameters to the function move_pose() or the pose setter, at your convenience:

pose_target = [0.2, 0.0, 0.2, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0]
pose_target_obj = PoseObject(0.2, 0.0, 0.2, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0)

# Moving Pose with function
robot.move_pose(0.2, 0.0, 0.2, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0)

# Moving Pose with setter
robot.pose = (0.2, 0.0, 0.2, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0)
robot.pose = pose_target
robot.pose = pose_target_obj

Each of these 6 commands are doing the same thing.

Get Pose

To get end effector actual pose, you can use the function get_pose() or the pose getter. Both will return a PoseObject:

# Getting Joints with function
pose_read = robot.get_pose()

# Getting Joints with getter
pose_read = robot.pose

How to use the PoseObject

The PoseObject is a Python object which allows to store all poses’ 6 coordinates (x, y, z, roll, pitch, yaw) in one single instance. It can be converted into a list if needed with the method to_list().

It also allows to create new PoseObject with some offset, much easier than copying list and editing only 1 or 2 values. For instance, imagine that we want to shift the place pose by 5 centimeters at each iteration of a loop, you can use the copy_with_offsets() method:

pick_pose = PoseObject(
x=0.30, y=0.0, z=0.15,
roll=0, pitch=1.57, yaw=0.0
first_place_pose = PoseObject(
    x=0.0, y=0.2, z=0.15,
    roll=0, pitch=1.57, yaw=0.0
for i in range(5):
    new_place_pose = first_place_pose.copy_with_offsets(x_offset=0.05 * i)