You now have everything you need to build LiTeRo, the Little Telepresence Robot! The code is now fully commented and ready to teach you everything you need to know about Python and Raspberry Pi powered telepresence robots. You are free to modify and share changes with the community here or on GitHub.
Code and Raspberry Pi setup available on GitHub here:
Full writeup and build videos here:
3D printable files on Thingiverse here:
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LiTeRo, short for Little Telepresence Robot, is a DIY Raspberry Pi powered robot that can be controlled from any web browser from anywhere in the world. We wrote a single Python program in conjunction with a lightweight AJAX-style communication standard to achieve extremely low latencies with relatively few software dependencies.
LiTeRo is as a do-it-yourself project is designed to be exceptionally modular and customizable. By default, it was designed to sport a wide angle Raspberry Pi camera, High-power IR navigation LED, 9-DOF IMU, 4Ah LiPo battery (with monitoring), and a roll-in charging dock. Also incorporated later in development was a method for verbal communication. That’s right, LiTeRo can speak nearly 50 languages with the eSpeak Text-To-Speech (TTS) engine! Other TTS software packages for the Raspberry Pi can also be implemented with relatively minor revisions to the Python program. The robot can also sport a number of 9g servos for basic environment manipulation or for self-righting maneuvers.
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After almost four years living in university dorms, I am left aching to hack a place of my own. As expected, I eventually decided to automate my dorm room window blinds.
What came of it was a fanciful bit of ultra-lightweight Arduino code.
Be sure to visit the full write-up page for more details.
At the heart of this CommandStrip-stuck gadget is one original Adafruit Trinket microcontroller sporting a feeble ATTiny85. It sits next to a generic A3988 stepper motor driver.
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Solenoid engines are nothing new, though they still seem to be a fairly common project among the curious. Using a hard drive makes such a project much more simple and straight forward, that is if you want to keep it that way.
This solenoid engine uses a software control loop (code below) running on a 16MHz Adafruit Trinket to adjust its speed. The program specifically alternates between a modest 180RPM to a smashing 3000RPM every five or ten seconds! Watch the video below!
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