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4 Posts authored by: kenny_r
A component that is very important for my project arrived: the projector! The very generic-looking box Projectors can get really expensive, but as you can see I went with a budget version. For around 50 bucks you can find yourself a Chinese-made projector that does 480x320 and has a brightness of 100 lumen. If you're thinking that's pretty pathetic, I agree. I decided to spend a little extra and got myself one that did 640x480 (at only 80 lumen) for 70 bucks. This way R2-D2's projector would ...
After probably having broken my pi camera last week, I tried to revive it, but to no avail. At this point it's probably safe to call it a lost cause. I wasn't too worried over it. I have 2 USB webcams lying around and I figured I might be able to just use one of those instead instead. In fact, these USB webcams have a built-in microphone. In absence of the Cirrus Logic audio card, that would really come in handy!   Meet Laurel and Hardy   The left one is a Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 ...
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 ...
"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 ...