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Follow Task Space Trajectory in Simulink

This example shows how to use a Task Space Motion Model to follow a task space trajectory.

Load Robot and Simulink Model

This example uses a Kinova Gen3 manipulator robot. Load the model using loadrobot.

[gen3,metadata] = loadrobot("kinovaGen3",'DataFormat','column');
initialConfig = homeConfiguration(gen3);
targetPosition = trvec2tform([0.6 -.1 0.5])
targetPosition = 4×4

    1.0000         0         0    0.6000
         0    1.0000         0   -0.1000
         0         0    1.0000    0.5000
         0         0         0    1.0000

Open the Simulink model.


Trajectory Generation

The Transform Trajectory block creates a trajectory between the initial homogeneous transform matrix of the end effector of the Gen3, and the target position over a 3 second time interval.

Follow Trajectory

The Joint Space Motion Model uses a RigidBodyTree, gen3, to calculate the joint positions to follow the trajectory. The joint positions are converted to homogeneous transform matrices and then the converted to a translation vector so that it is easier to visualize.

Visualize Results

The joint target positions and the calculated joint values from the Task Space Motion Model connect to a Scope block. Using the legend, you can select a smaller set of signals to compare with better clarity. Observe that the x, y, and z positions of the end effector match closely with the x, y, and z positions of the trajectory to the target position.