ALBehaviorManager

NAOqi Core - Overview | API


What it does

ALBehaviorManager is intended to manage Behaviors. With this module, you can:

  • Load, start, stop Behaviors,
  • Manage default Behaviors,
  • get information about Behaviors.

How it works

Default Behaviors

Some Behaviors can be marked as “Default”, which means they are automatically started when NAOqi launches. ALBehaviorManager allows the user to add or remove such Behaviors, or to launch and stop them.

Behavior name

The name of a Behavior is composed of the package id it is from, and its local Behavior path. Starting a Behavior usually looks like this:

myBehaviorManagerProxy.startBehavior("my_application/a_behavior")

Note

Choregraphe 1.14 generated packages with a single Behavior at its root. Starting such a Behavior looks like this:

  • myBehaviorManagerProxy.startBehavior("my_application/.") or
  • myBehaviorManagerProxy.startBehavior("my_application")

Getting started

The following Python script shows how to use ALBehaviorManager.

To use it:

Step Action
Upload a Behavior from Choregraphe on the robot.

Run the python script giving the NAO’s IP and the Behavior name as argument:


python albehaviormanager_example.py robotIp behaviorName

albehaviormanager_example.py


# -*- encoding: UTF-8 -*- 

import sys
import time

from naoqi import ALProxy

def main(robotIP, behaviorName):
  # Create proxy to ALBehaviorManager
  managerProxy = ALProxy("ALBehaviorManager", robotIP, 9559)

  getBehaviors(managerProxy)
  launchAndStopBehavior(managerProxy, behaviorName)
  defaultBehaviors(managerProxy, behaviorName)

def getBehaviors(managerProxy):
  ''' Know which behaviors are on the robot '''

  names = managerProxy.getInstalledBehaviors()
  print "Behaviors on the robot:"
  print names

  names = managerProxy.getRunningBehaviors()
  print "Running behaviors:"
  print names

def launchAndStopBehavior(managerProxy, behaviorName):
  ''' Launch and stop a behavior, if possible. '''

  # Check that the behavior exists.
  if (managerProxy.isBehaviorInstalled(behaviorName)):

    # Check that it is not already running.
    if (not managerProxy.isBehaviorRunning(behaviorName)):
      # Launch behavior. This is a blocking call, use post if you do not
      # want to wait for the behavior to finish.
      managerProxy.post.runBehavior(behaviorName)
      time.sleep(0.5)
    else:
      print "Behavior is already running."

  else:
    print "Behavior not found."
    return

  names = managerProxy.getRunningBehaviors()
  print "Running behaviors:"
  print names

  # Stop the behavior.
  if (managerProxy.isBehaviorRunning(behaviorName)):
    managerProxy.stopBehavior(behaviorName)
    time.sleep(1.0)
  else:
    print "Behavior is already stopped."

  names = managerProxy.getRunningBehaviors()
  print "Running behaviors:"
  print names

def defaultBehaviors(managerProxy, behaviorName):
  ''' Set a behavior as default and remove it from default behavior. '''

  # Get default behaviors.
  names = managerProxy.getDefaultBehaviors()
  print "Default behaviors:"
  print names

  # Add behavior to default.
  managerProxy.addDefaultBehavior(behaviorName)

  names = managerProxy.getDefaultBehaviors()
  print "Default behaviors:"
  print names

  # Remove behavior from default.
  managerProxy.removeDefaultBehavior(behaviorName)

  names = managerProxy.getDefaultBehaviors()
  print "Default behaviors:"
  print names


if __name__ == "__main__":

  if (len(sys.argv) < 3):
    print "Usage python albehaviormanager_example.py robotIP behaviorName"
    sys.exit(1)

  main(sys.argv[1], sys.argv[2])