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In a previous post, a small bar graph display was used to provide a visual animation of disk activity on Gizmo2. This is the updated version with the actual lightbar that is going to be used.   The video below has a quick look at how the light bar was constructed, then goes on to animate it and see what it's going to look like shining through the orange translucent half moon cut out on the case. To keep things interesting, there's a few extra animation sequences that can be used as an act ...
Wow! what a busy couple of weeks, I've had a few extra days away from home that I wasn't expecting so updates have been a bit short on the ground, I decided to get straight on with things rather than blog intermittently.   The project is close to complete, most of the case is now finished, see pictures below. Gimo2 has had a few more wires surgically implanted onto an expansion port so gpio signals can be sent out.   The current point of focus is soldering up some proto board with ...
I used the Gizmo 2 single-board computer for this project.     This project was originally inspired by a few of the image processing projects that I have gotten involved in as well as my strong interest in robotics. After hearing about the Gizmo 2's small size, reasonable power consumption and fast x86_64 processor, I saw it as a perfect fit for small to moderate size robotics projects that involve large amounts of computation. With all of the buzz lately over self driving cars, I tho ...
Deciding to choose a new and unfamiliar material was maybe a bad idea at first, I was a out of my comfort zone and was putting off getting started with using it.   Well that was until I made my very first cut... from then on, I knew aluminium composite was going to be a great choice of material to use for not only this but also future projects. It's strong, has a professional metallic finish and is very easy to work with.   The top of the case is all but finished, some tidying up n ...
In it's initial build, the console is going to have a nightrider style light chaser on the top to act as a disk activity monitor. There are plenty of other animation styles that can be used but for the proof of concept, I stuck to just the light chaser that moves forwards and backwards.   The light monitor is being treat as an event driven animation. the first part of the video shows the animation being controlled independently by a setInterval function which in turn repeatedly calls anot ...