Anki cozmo ROS driver
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cozmo driver for ROS

This is unofficial ROS node for Anki cozmo.


This is tested on Kinetic/Ubuntu16.04 and Android only. Latest version is tested on Indigo/Ubuntu14.04.

  • Ubuntu 14.04/16.04
  • ROS Indigo/Kinetic
  • Python3.5
  • (Android)
  • (Cozmo SDK 0.10)


Cozmo SDK will become idle mode if the message is not sent to cozmo for a few minutes. To avoid idle mode, is sending /cmd_vel repeatedly in 10[Hz].

Super hack to run rospy from python3

Note: Be careful installing python3, you should update python3 alternative to python3.5 before installing and using pip3!

This is not recommended as usual, but it seems difficult to run rospy from python3 normally. (It requires full recompile of all ROS packages.) Below hack will allow run python3, at least for I don't know the true risk to do that.

sudo apt-get install python3-yaml
sudo pip3 install rospkg catkin_pkg

Note: To get further python3 compat a local version of "" is included!


  • use trajectory_msgs to command head angle and lift height.
  • control and get states of cubes

Pub / Sub / Tf


  • /cozmo_camera/image (sensor_msgs/Image) : camera image from cozmo. This is gray scale, but the format is rgb8.
  • /cozmo_camera/camera_info (sensor_msgs/CameraInfo) : The camera info from Cozmo's camera ( Note: I did a very poor calibration! ).
  • /joint_states (sensor_msgs/JointState) : This contains the head angle [rad] and the lift height [m]
  • /imu (sensor_msgs/Imu) : Imu mounted on cozmo head
  • /battery (sensor_msgs/BatteryState) : battery voltage and charging status


  • /cmd_vel (geometry_msgs/Twist) : command velocity as usual. ( Note: velocity is correct now! )
  • /say (std_msgs/String) : cozmo says this text
  • /head_angle (std_msgs/Float64) : command head angle [rad]
  • /lift_height (std_msgs/Float64) : command lift height (value between 0 and 1, which is autoscaled by Cozmo SDK) [float]
  • /backpack_led (std_msgs/ColorRGBA) : led color on backpack

Transformations provided

  • odom_frame -> footprint_frame
  • footprint_frame -> base_frame
  • base_frame -> head_frame
  • head_frame -> camera_frame
  • camera_frame -> camera_optical_frame
  • odom_frame -> cube_xx (for detected cubes)

Install cozmo SDK on Ubuntu16.04 and Android

Note: The current driver whas tested on Ubuntu14.04 with ROS Indigo.

Please follow the original document. Below is a quick hacky installation for only me.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python3 python3-pip python3-pil.imagetk default-jre adb
pip3 install --user 'cozmo[camera]'

Hardware configuration

It is normal for Cozmo SDK, but it has below hardware configuration. ROS is running on your PC not on Cozmo.

Cozmo (WiFi station) <-- WiFi --> Phone (Android) <-- USB cable --> PC (Cozmo official SDK <-> ROS)