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Robotic camera controller

PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:25 am
by yanidubin
Just creating a thread to raise awareness that I have a project in the works using the Parallella which combines both robotics and photography. I will be sharing this with the community, and everything will be open-source. This was first announced here, and will be covered on my blog, here.

All the various bits and pieces I have already tinkered with and prototyped over the years. This is about bringing them together under one brain (the Parallella), getting a working prototype, then iteratively improving the design moving forwards.

Topics covered will include:
Camera control (PTP via USB) for exposure setup and triggering
Camera positional control (motors, mechanical rig, PID control of both movement and balancing using accelerometers)
UI (Android, controlling robotics via BT, using built-in gyro/accelerometer)
Daughterboards (AVR which will drive the motors will be connected via the Porcupine)
FPGA customisation (bringing out the UART to the GPIO_PEC interface)

Extended topics will likely include:
Image processing/compositing on the Parallella

If anyone is interested in discussing this/related ideas, please fire away.

Re: Robotic camera controller

PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 6:30 am
by yanidubin
I have now revived my aforementioned prototype, and cover it and the improvements I foresee here.

Next step will be integrating this with the Parallella, and posting a video of the beast in action. Watch this space :)

Re: Robotic camera controller

PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:23 pm
by yanidubin
The beast lives. ... parallella for details and videos. Sorry, these are really rough. Will be redone eventually.

I also meant to show an autogenerated panorama which was the output of one of the test runs. Will add that in the coming days.