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So the parts list for the kit online included the base board for the Microstack GPS module and accelerometer. However, the kit that arrived at our doors does not include the base board and it seems unlikely to be arriving anytime soon. My GPS module arrived today and I really wanted to get it to work so I had to get creative. I took a good look at the user guide for the Xtrinsic Sense Board (and the board itself) and noticed that there are some pins sticking out on the top and bottom sides o ...
Previous posts for this project: Sci Fi Your Pi: PiDesk - Project Description Sci Fi Your Pi: PiDesk - Project Update #1 Sci Fi Your Pi: PiDesk - Guide: Setting Up the Raspberry Pi 2   Project Update   Project Update  As you may start noticing, I'm trying a new blogging format for this challenge. The idea is to produce content that can stand on its own, even though created as part of this challenge, but tied together and referenced using project updates such as this one. ...
Introduction Video Unboxing First Boot Wifi Update Camera Conclusion   Introduction  The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is the latest member to join the Raspberry Pi family. Even though it has the same form factor as the Raspberry Pi B+, the Raspberry Pi 2 has a quad core ARM v7 processor running at 900Mhz. The RAM has also received an upgrade and has been increased from 512MB to 1GB. Besides these changes, the Raspberry Pi 2 remains similar to the previous B+ ...
Hello everyone! Well, it's been a busy last couple of days for me. I've been struggling with the Xtrinsinc MEMs sensor board because I cannot seem to get it to work with the Raspberry Pi 2. I believe the problem boils down to a sensor driver that is not compatible with the Broadcom chip. Raspberry Pi 2 has the Broadcom BCM2836 chip whereas all other models run Broadcom BCM2835. Has anyone else had this trouble? It works perfect on the B+ which uses BCM2835. I even tried the image that is on the ...
Well I received my kit on Friday and was very excited to begin. The competitors have impressive projects and very creative ideas. When I applied for this design contest it was a challenge to review all the components in the kit and come up with an idea. So I have been building projects with the Raspberry Pi , sensors and the camera. I also built a project with EnOcean Pi and wireless sensors. It just came to me there was enough components to build the Pi Rover Defender. I plan to add a chassis a ...
taodude

I Ching Code Port

Posted by taodude Apr 28, 2015
I have not been idle.  Most of my work over the last few days has been planning and sorting the data models for the hexagrams.  However, i have been experimenting with bits of Python to produce the values that define the quantum states of each Hexagram line. and i have also been thinking about how best to display the results on the PiFace CAD display, and make good use of the navigation toggle and pushbuttons.  I might even use the IR sensor to read inputs from a remote control ke ...
By the end of this project I want to be able to start a call on my laptop or my smartphone and start a conversation with whoever is standing next to R2D2, who will holographically project my likeness. That R2D2 model has yet to be built and the projector hasn't arrived yet, so I spent my first week trying to get video conferencing working on the Raspberry Pi 2. You know, baby steps.   Software When I say video conferencing you might immediately think of Skype, which is probably the most wid ...
sirusmage

Visus Sancto Day One

Posted by sirusmage Apr 27, 2015
Well I got my kit today. Now is when the work starts. Wish me luck. ...
4-26-2015   This weekend I dug into my parts supply and found several sensors which expect to incorporate in the project. They should work out well for they are simple   in design and I have quite a few to choose from. I have some other sensors coming in the mail shortly that I intend to use also, that may prove very interesting in the end.   I've included the pictures of the sensors. I also assembled a Boarduino module that I might determine is useful going forward. Some rough ...
One more announcement - I have successfully booted my Raspberry Pi 2 and checked its performance. What can I say? It can easily perform as a desktop PC for developing this project, for example. Still nothing like 50 browser tabs without lag, but it's pretty much awesome - certainly better than RPi 1 =) I feel like I could make the entire project using it. With supplied MicroSD card, you don't get raspi-config fully working (no proper memory division dialog or camera function) until you do ap ...
I received my kit yesterday everything was there except for the 4 items missing from everyone's kits   Raspberry Pi Model A+ Cirrus Logic Audio Card MicroStack Base Board Shim RTC Now to get back to the design process. I will be using the Raspberry 2 as the main unit for the body armor sensors temp sensors both ambient temp and body temp and the heads up display. and the GPS and accelerometer will be controlled by the Raspberry Pi B+ .  The weapons mounted camera will be controlle ...
I am in the phase of distributing the roles to the electronic components and the planning should close today the first timeline for the Sub-projects definition. I plan a series of posts explaining the reasons of the choices of every sub-architecture. These considerations are open to any contribution, suggestions, critics.   After an in-depth check of the features of the Bitscope oscilloscope the facts confirmed what I supposed before reading the documentation. General considerations Medi ...
Today I managed to get the Raspberry Pi B+ up and running. I had some initial trouble with the SD card I was using, the adapter was buggy but luckily I had a spare. I don't know if anyone else has run into this problem, but when I ran the latest version of NOOBS on the B+, I got a warning saying that Raspbian was not compatible with it. The installation was flawless otherwise and I have not had any issues since. I decided to start with the Xtrinsic MEMS board. It was a little difficult to g ...
dmrobotix

PizzaPi: The Technology

Posted by dmrobotix Apr 24, 2015
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I received my kit sometime in the afternoon yesterday. The box came with a printout of the inventory that was to be found in the box. This totaled 12 items but my box only contained 11. It seems I am missing the Microstack GPS module. I've sent a few emails so hopefully that will get sorted out.   There are four other pieces from the kit listed online and I'm not sure if those par ...
I found out earlier in the week that I had been selected to take part in this design challenge. When I was trying to think of an idea for this challenge I wanted to do something different but I was struggling to think of anything much different form the examples (and couldn't work out how to make an actual lightsabre). Eventually in this search for difference I thought about the different way technology is shown to evolve in the Steam punk genre of Sci Fi.   In the genre steam power airshi ...
Introduction Adopted development and documentation tools and packages Firmware and software development Hardware design and prototyping Documentation Software sources Introduction This project is wide and involves several disciplines and different approaches so first of all it has been divided in sub-projects accordingly with the general description of what should be reached. Some parts should follow a chronological order but there are other steps that can overlap and wi ...
Previous posts for this project: Sci Fi Your Pi: PiDesk - Project Description   Project Update   Project Update  It's been only three days since the announcement of the finalists for the Sci Fi Your Pi Design Challenge and I already received most of the kit! On Tuesday I received a notification for a package from Farnell being sent my way, and on Wednesday it arrived. That's some quick despatching!     This package already contains many of the components we a ...
I wont waste much time posting about my kit I received, I will just say that I am missing the GPS module which appears others did get.  I really need it for this project!  I sent a couple emails I am sure it will get resolved one way or another. The other thing I will say is that I took the SD card out of my RPI model B and plugged it into the RPi 2.  It booted right up and all is well.  I did do an sudo apt-get upgrade and it installed the SMP kernel and other stuff specifi ...
Well, I received my Sci-Fi-your-Pi kit today. Unpacked it and inventory is mostly complete. About four items identified in the Kit list are not there. Now down to business. First order of business is to determine a basic structure and layout design for the project as I want the finished product to appear. The dimensions of the enclosure is going to determine the placement of the specific sensor modules. The sensor placement is of paramount importance to me both for aesthetics and functionality, ...
A note on the key conceptsThe key concepts of the Meditech project moves around the creation of a multifunctional measuring system for health and disease support, especially in cases where it is difficult an immediate intervention. Really the most fictional approximate representation of this concept is just the tricorder user by Dr Leonard McCoy to diagnose almost anything (of any species the Enterprise meets during his travels) See more here: Medical tricorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ...
dmrobotix

PizzaPi: The Concept

Posted by dmrobotix Apr 23, 2015
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following is taken from my challenge proposal. I'll post more information about the technology I plan to use from the element14 kit in a future post. So far, I've been researching 3D printing design because I really have very little experience with that, so I'll be learning as I go! Still waiting for my kit to arrive. I live in California, so I suspect my kit still has some mile ...
Just this morning I wrote in a post comment that I was waiting for the UPS Tracking number for my kit.... And the magic happened! About one hour ago DRRRRRIIIIIIN ! - Hola?- -U-pe-esse!- ... mumble ... It was !!! For these first minutes enjoy this image then you'll see something of fictionary (hopefully) For you guys, smart-minded, what's there that can't be part of the kit ? ...
trenchleton

Kit Question

Posted by trenchleton Apr 22, 2015
Just wondering: I've not recieved any information regarding recieving my kit? Was there an email I should have received or was everything taken care of from the info on my application? Just curious. ...
trenchleton

Project RAED - Week 0

Posted by trenchleton Apr 22, 2015
Hello all! Here's a description of my project, copied and pasted from my application for my convenience! Eagerly awaiting my kit. I intend to pack as much of it as possible into this little fellow. RAED – Robotic Assistant for Everyday Delegations: There is a stereotypical piece of sci-fi technology that always seems to be present – the personal robot. The steward bot. The robotic assistant, or maid, or butler. It’s not the only common piece of fantastic tech. There seem ...
crimier

Items arrived: unboxing!

Posted by crimier Apr 22, 2015
Hello! I'm happy to announce that I've received a part of my kit already. Here's a list of what I've got: - Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and 1 Model B+ - BitScope Micro - PiFace Control & PiFace Digital - GertBot board - Raspberry Pi Camera - Xtrinsic sensor board - chipKIT board - MicroStack accelerometer and GPS boards (without baseboard) - WiPi dongle I wonder if other parts will be sent as well. I know that by the rules the organizers are free to change the kit as they wish, it's m ...
"Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope." - Princess Leia (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)   Synopsys Holograms have appeared in many works of science fiction, most notably in the Star Wars trilogies. Through these projections, pre-recorded messages could be displayed in the air and Jedi Masters are able to attend council meetings even when they are away from Coruscant. These projections were blue-hued and jittery but spoke to the imagination of the audience despite these shortcom ...
Introduction Cool Project Name: Abstract Detailed Proposal The Central Controller - IRIS Assistant/Telepresence Robot - MINION Service/Cleaning Robot - ZOMBIE Room Panel Module - CONTROL The Surveyor and Poseidon Project Planning   Introduction  I have a habit of biting off more than I can chew and this design Challenge will be no different. Bear with me as I explain the basics of my project. My complete proposal is a 'bit' longer than this parti ...
I wanted to provide a bit more description from my application to help people understand what I am trying to do.   Reason for the Design Challenge:   I love programming, I love radio controlled aircraft, and I love electronics.  This project allows me to combine all 3! Quadcopters have been around for many years.  However in recent news the FAA and the media have made quite a bit of drama around "drones" to which they are referring to quadcopter and its variants.   ...
StarWars was THE SciFi movie of my childhood and still one of my favorites. StarWars universe represents a great source of inspiration from starships to robots, weapons, armors, clothes and various gadgets. The source of inspiration for my project is "Borg Construct Aj^6" device, used by Lobot in Cloud City - StarWars - Episode 5 - Empire Strikes Back. Besides the Lobot from original Star Wars series, AJ^6 device was used by other characters from extended Star Wars universe.   The "official ...
First of all - MANY THANKS!!! Second of all - sorry about my poor english (i've learned by myself). So, as everyone said before, i'm VERY HAPPY as being selected to participate, that deserves a celebration... So, let's go to hard work, i'm attempting to make my "Threepi" or "ThreePiOne" head with resin, or fiberglass (my buddy is doing that with the draws that i gave to him). The code part is "tricky" (ok, it's being hell, but it worth) - at the next month i will have some acceptable jo ...
Hi, Welcome to my Blog on the creation of I Ching Hexagrams using a Raspberry Pi.   The challengers have only just been announced, so i don't have the Design Kit yet.  Farnell have sent me an e-mail though telling me that it will be delivered some time over the next couple of weeks.  This introduction is a collection of snippets to give you an idea of what to expect in the run-up to the August deadline for project submission.  I do have a day job as an engineer, but i have n ...
sirusmage

Visus Sancto

Posted by sirusmage Apr 21, 2015
For my project I am doing a type of monocular on a head mounted set. This is for use in paranormal investigations (aka ghost hunting). The main setup will be an IR camera, microphone and maybe a thermal camera (I am still looking at prices to find the right one). There will be a small lcd screen mounted in front of the eye with the camera on a pan and tilt mount. When set correctly for the user it should give almost Augmented Reality. The RPi will do many things record the video and audio (for l ...
Hello! I found out this morning that I have been selected as a challenger in the Sci-Fi Your Pi Design Challenge! This is my first time competing in an element14 design challenge -- I'm really excited and ready to dive in.   My design is called, PizzaPi, and the idea is to make pizza boxes and pizza delivery more intelligent. The inspiration for my project comes from Neal Stephenson's novel, "Snow Crash". Stephenson is one of my favorite sci-fi/cyberpunk/weirdo authors and it's a real treat ...
Introduction Features Appearance Conclusion Introduction When thinking about science-fiction, things that come to mind are touch/motion controls, things that slide in and out of place and bright lights. This is why I would like to propose to build the desk of the future, inspired by some visual effects of the Tron Legacy movie.     Features  The desk should make optimal use of the surface available. This implies that if for example a desktop computer is not i ...
j0h

Empathy box begins!

Posted by j0h Apr 21, 2015
Hey, Apparently my empathy box project has bee selected for Sci-Fi your Pi! I am really excited to begin this project. I think i will start by re-reading Phillip K Dick's "Do androids dream of electric sheep" book  again, since last time I read it was in 2003. I want to provide a functionality similar to the described Empathy box, with the exceptions that my device shall not actually induce pain (beyond mild audio annoyances), and will be mobile. I want users to be able to take the em ...
scrpn17w

Knight Rider

Posted by scrpn17w Apr 21, 2015
This is my build thread of turning my 1999 Honda Prelude into an emulation of KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) from the TV series "Knight Rider". There is going to be a lot of buttons, switches and various indicator lights. I'll add a small screen in the car for both interfacing with the Pi and displaying various data/Images/Videos. Then of course there are the 3 most recognizable traits of the car: The LED "scanner" on the front of the car, the unmistakable voice from the "AI" of the car, ...
jlcarender

Intelligent Body Armor

Posted by jlcarender Apr 21, 2015
Intelligent body Armor with sensors for body temp, heart rate, hit sensors and wireless helmet mounted display that has readout for GPS location, body temperature, heart rate, humidity, wind speed and direction and Armor damage percentage and wireless weapon mounted camera and tracking system using voice commands with wireless wrist mounted keyboard control  and all components would be networked together. for use in airsoft war games and maybe for real life combat implementation. like the a ...