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Sci Fi Your Pi

26 Posts authored by: screamingtiger Top Member
Previous posts for this project: http://www.element14.com/community/community/design-challenges/sci-fi-your-pi/blog/authors/screamingtiger?ICID=BLOG-SciFiPi-challengers   I have been updating my code for the QuadCop in the GitHub.  I am new to Git Hub and many of my changes were not being committed.   https://github.com/screamingtiger/QuadCOP   So for anyone looking at the code it may make more sense now.  The ControlSwitch_32 was very outdated and missing the head c ...
My QuadCOP is fully repaired.  However there is appears to be one casualty, the Pi-Cam.   I am getting the infamous pi-cam error and all the normal workarounds are failing for me.  When the QuadCop "landed", the little eye/bubble on the head filled with water since it landed in a puddle.  Apparently sound sensors don't detect water real well.  I am not sure if that killed the cam or if the jolt from the ribbon being pulled out did.  I confirmed the ribbon is ok. ...
Well this project was a great challenge and I LOVE my new QuadCOP.  I think I may rename it to DRIOD COP since I made the look akin to Star Wars droids.   I have posted some information that I will not repeat in this summary.  A few post that I think are very important: Some information from my original application Explanation of the ControlSwitch Challenges with the ChipKit Pi Microstack GPS and how I used it The Sensor Array I2C Custom Block Protcol Rasberry Pi Turning o ...
Previous Posts Here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/design-challenges/sci-fi-your-pi/blog/authors/screamingtiger?ICID=DCH-SciFiPi-challengers     Well its time to post my source code.  Everything is written in C++ across 3 platforms.  The Pi 2, ChipKit Pi, and Arduino.  I used some advance features in C++ such as I2C, buffered serial communication, and PThreads.   I uploaded everything to GitHUB and still have an update to do to get the latest major ...
Previous Posts Here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/design-challenges/sci-fi-your-pi/blog/authors/screamingtiger?ICID=DCH-SciFiPi-challengers     I was very nervous.  I turned the loiter on for just a second and it held then started dropping, the ground sensor caught it.   Because my controls are being passed through the chipkit pi, there is some  resolution lost so its a bit touchy for a hover..   A few messy pre flight pics, and the video.  ...
I breathed new life into Flight Controller.  I am working franticly getting it ready for flight.  Expect a few last minute posts, and I mean down to the last hour!.  STAY TUNED.........   ...
Previous Posts Here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/design-challenges/sci-fi-your-pi/blog/authors/screamingtiger?ICID=DCH-SciFiPi-challengers   I am going to get into some technical details which hopefully isn't boring for the audience of this contest.  If anybody, it is for the judges as it is important to understand the amount of work I have put into this on a technical level.   I had mentioned in a previous post that the chip kit pi has some issues that make it ...
Previous Posts Here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/design-challenges/sci-fi-your-pi/blog/authors/screamingtiger?ICID=DCH-SciFiPi-challengers   I am going to catch up a few blog posts and post my code in the AM.   The QuadCOP has a variety of sensors onboard to help it avoid collisions and detect events.   From left to right, top to bottom: 4X Sonic sensors, 4 pin version. 1X PIR motion detector 1X IR flame detector (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AFSEC2Y ...
Previous Posts Here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/design-challenges/sci-fi-your-pi/blog/authors/screamingtiger?ICID=DCH-SciFiPi-challengers   Long story short.  My flight controller was acting up and it finally burned out.   It was acting flakey so I took everything apart and had intermittent success.  The I plugged something in wrong and now its done.   It could read read channels 3 and 4 off the ChipKit Pi, but not 1 and 2.  I confirmed CKP ...
Previous Posts Here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/design-challenges/sci-fi-your-pi/blog/authors/screamingtiger?ICID=DCH-SciFiPi-challengers   Later today I will be publishing my code and flow charts.  One thing I am working on is getting an accurate heading from my magnometer.  I have an open question out there for some help, I also have ordered a new sensor just in case.  I expect by tomorrow to have it resolved.   However, In the interim its time to ...
Previous Posts Here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/design-challenges/sci-fi-your-pi/blog/authors/screamingtiger?ICID=DCH-SciFiPi-challengers     Here are a few more final construction pics, the rest will just be installing sensors.  Ill post a final pic pointing out the various parts used from the kit. In the morning I will be posting my github, code, and flow charts.   I am working on a bug with the 3 axis magnometer before I can take another test flight. ...
Previous Posts Here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/design-challenges/sci-fi-your-pi/blog/authors/screamingtiger?ICID=DCH-SciFiPi-challengers   I have mounted the camera in the head, and have the head moving!  I don't have the servo secure yet so that is why it is wobbly.  I posted a vid below on a preview of how it works.  I just controlled it with my radio but in flight the Raspberry Pi (RPFS) will use it to "Scan" around.   Cut a hole for they eye  ...
Previous Posts Here: http://www.element14.com/community/community/design-challenges/sci-fi-your-pi/blog/tags#/?tags=quadcop_project   I am working on some of the presentation now since weather is too bad for testing.   I struggled with what scheme to go with.  Star Trek, Terminator, Robocop?  I really liked the Droids from the Movie Oblivion but realized I would need a HUGE ball and the paper Mache my kids made was too heavy.  So I decided on Star Wars!  I decide ...
Previous Posts Here: http://www.element14.com/community/tags#/?tags=quadcop_project   Im currently working on 2 major updates this weekend.  I am adding in some sci fi elements and installing sensors to give the QuadCOP a more Science Fiction Look.  The modifications also add quite a bit of realestate to place things and remove the clutter. Here is a preview, stay tuned for some auwsome pictures of what this looks like when painted!           The oth ...
Previous posts for this project: http://www.element14.com/community/community/design-challenges/sci-fi-your-pi/blog/tags#/?tags=quadcop_project   YES, I am hiding some mess OK???  THe QuadCOP is a mess too but it goes together cleanly pretty fast.   Here is a quick video of some testing I am doing.  This is part of the sensor array prototype.  I will use an arduino Pro Mini for the final result this week.   ...