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As promised here is my blogpost with the final description of the Hillstar MGC3130 controlled Sparki robot.   Video First a video showing the robot in action:   Implementation details  First I made a small trolley to carry the electrode:   Next I made proper connections between the two units:   Finally I created software by combining and adapting some demo code: #include <Sparki.h> // include the sparki library #include <Wire.h> #include <Hove ...
By now I've found many applications for the MGC3130 3D gestured recognition IC - if you're interested please see my other blog posts about what I've done with it- so of course I want to start creating my own devices using the chip.   One important consideration systems that rely on generating and sensing tiny capacitance disturbances to an e-field system is of course the electrodes. Fortunately the MGC3130 seems to be very tolerant and the datasheet lists a wide range of suitable materials ...
OK, I'm not sure why - I don't even go to shops that much - but the first application that came to mind when I saw the Roadtest announcement for the MGC3130 3D gesture recognizer kit was: "Hey! It would be interesting if we could create interactive shop windows". Something where the sensor sits behind the glass - safe from the elements and out of reach - that customers could use with gestures e.g. to scroll through a product catalog on a large TV screen or interact with the products on display. ...
One of the most interesting uses for gesture sensing is connecting real world user gestures to "virtual" systems such as apps or games which can receive those gestures and take almost infinite number of actions based on those inputs.This opens up a world of applications from the small, such as smart switches that control your home lights, to museum exhibitions, in-store marketing and even wide scale "Playable Cities" projects (for example under the Future Cities Catapult)  Far too many appl ...
In this blog I am giving insight about python Server which uses gesture data to control Google Earth using Google's python APIs. Before writing program you need to install Google python API package which is attached with this blog. Install this package as you install normally python package "setup.py install". Following is the python code snippet I am giving which does following job   1. Initiates TCP server over localhost with port numbe 5005. 2. Initiate Google earth APIs default variab ...
Hi,        Even after I am done with my basic demo long back, I am writing this blog post which I wanted to write before only. Anyway, in this blog post I am giving insight about how did I implement MGC3130 side software. In fact, what I did is written on top of SDK demo code that can be found with SDK called "console". This demo code gives all gesture related data on console. E.g. x,y,z co-ordinates, circle gesture detection, left-right,top-bottom vice versa. Means, In ...
I'm sorry I have to throw in the towel and wait for VS2012 support for this kit.Thanks to the Arduino Hover library I'm able to finish my project. I installed the VS2010 Express edition, but I got stuck in a Microsoft problem while the standard header files were not installed properly. This is a known Microsoft problem (c++ - Header files are missing from installed location - Stack Overflow) with two solutions: 1) install a fresh copy of Windows and afresh copy of Visual Studio 2) copy VC folder ...
Element 14 gave me the chance to road test the Hillstar MGC3130 3D gesture kit. You can find it here: http://www.element14.com/community/roadTestReviews/1809. In addition I would like to blog about an application I'm currently working on.   This application is controlling the Arcbotics Sparki robot with 3D gestures using the Hillstar kit. My application is inspired by an application where the Sparki is controlled via bluetooth using a windows phone. (Bluetooth Demo - Windows 8 Phone Con ...
This weekend I have been talking with a friend about this project. We looked at what is needed to get a custom coil to work with the best settings. To get the correct values for Rp_Min, Rp_Max and frequency you should use an Impedance Analyzer. These are very expensive. So I have to find a place where I can use one for a short time.     Previous post:   Inductive Sensing Design Challenge: Portable Detector based on the LDC1000 (#5) ...
I was browsing through a list of products that were using EnOcean, and found some neat examples I thought were worth sharing. They are all commercial products that use self-powered sensors in novel ways. Since these products all use Enocean technology inside, they should be compatible with the EnOcean Pi or the EnOcean USB gateways (assuming the frequencies are the same).   Window/door handles Wireless window magnetic contact sensors are plentiful, but the SecuSignal window handle takes i ...

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