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Can I buy one?
greatguin   6/10/2014 5:47:08 PM
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I would like to add a sonar sensor to my quadcopter. Can I buy one of these boards somewhere?

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Max The Magnificent   12/30/2013 12:40:29 PM
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@Robotics Developer: I would love to understand how you are going to implement depth perception with the two Pixy Machines!

Me too (LOL)

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Robotics Developer   12/30/2013 12:39:00 PM
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Max, I would love to understand how you are going to implement depth perception with the two Pixy Machines!  That should be a cool programming project, I am wondering what vision libraries were you planning on using?  The attraction to the Kinect is the built in horsepower/processing for the depth reporting.  Sounds like a fun project for sure.

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Max The Magnificent   12/30/2013 12:21:47 PM
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@Robotics Developer: It has nice sensor features (depth being one of the really nice ones) as well as vision.

I might have been tempted to this, but I've already got two of the Pixy Machine Vision things with pan-and-tilt bases, so I'm planning on using these to give me depth perception and stuff

 

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Max The Magnificent   12/30/2013 12:19:22 PM
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@Robotics Developer: ...the areas of software, vision, mechanical and systems for robot designs keep me occupied learning and exploring new areas, a wonderful thing for an engineer at heart!

I agree -- one of the reasons for having hobby projects is that it's a great way to learn "stuff" -- for example, working on my my Inamorata Prognostication Engine is affording me the opertunity to learn all sorts of things, like how to calculate the dates of Full Moons and Blue Moons :-)

 

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Robotics Developer   12/29/2013 8:32:50 PM
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Max, consider (if you have the bandwidth and processing power) adding a Kinect to the robot.  It has nice sensor features (depth being one of the really nice ones) as well as vision.  Adding that to the platfrom could provide you with years of experimentation and exploration (pun intended).

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Robotics Developer   12/29/2013 8:30:18 PM
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@Max,

"That's a good idea -- thanks for sharing."

You are most welcome!  Any help that I can provide please contact me!  Robotics encompasses a diverse mix of disciplines and as such it provides an endless opportunity to learn and grow.  As a EE by degree the areas of software, vision, mechanical and systems for robot designs keep me occupied learning and exploring new areas, a wonderful thing for an engineer at heart!

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Max The Magnificent   12/29/2013 2:56:23 PM
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@Robotics Developer: ...it would be most helpful if you had touch bumpers all around to protect your furnature.

I totally agree -- I'm planning on having my robit bristling with sensors of all types, including bump sensors.

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Max The Magnificent   12/29/2013 2:54:59 PM
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@Robotics Developr: The other programming feature that would be nice is to increase the polling on the sensors that are closing in on an object to keep from hitting it.

That's a good idea -- thanks for sharing.

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Max The Magnificent   12/29/2013 2:53:49 PM
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@Robotics Developer: ...sequencing of the ultra sonics (say left, back, front, right) to prevent echos from interfering...

Agreed -- in fact we are thinking of givng the sensor boards the ability to automatically keep on performing a "round-robin" ping one after the other and to kep on doing it -- whenever the main processor is ready (or interested) it can simply request of any senso "what was your last reading?"

 

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