A full Project wright-up and instructions coming soon!
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.
Continue reading LiTeRo – The Little Telepresence Robot
Over these past few months, I have slowly been testing out various materials for absorbing vibrations in the Revision III tricopter. The goal was to eliminate the rolling-shutter effect (or jello-effect) from aerial video as much as possible.
If you don’t already know, this tricopter has its battery and camera equipment suspended from the main frame with three zip-ties. Dampening materiel is loosely compressed or adheared between these two subassemblies and is ultimately responsible for most of the physical vibration isolation. Usually this materiel is rolled into three separate ~1″ long by ~5/8″ wide cylinders and stuck between each of the three zip-tie loops.
Among the materials I have tested include vinyl furniture bumpons, Sugru blocks, double sided foam (vinyl) adhesive, and latex foams among other things. Most worked pretty well, but others were hard to come by or showed poor performance.
Here is a short list of my findings presented in a general order with the best (so far) near the top. Continue reading Obscure vibration dampener material tests for the Rev. III Tricopter
It’s alive! The tricopter went under a few more revisions and prints before finally taking to the air. My old Rev One Quadcopter has been reduced to it’s (over-engineered) frame and nothing more. Its parts (motors, ESCs, batteries, Crius AIO, etc.) have moved on to become this very tricopter.
Currently (in the picture) it is set up to fly FPV sans-GoPro. There is an optional part available to replace the camera pan/tilt servo mount/hole with an alternative “use-what-you-want” vibration-dampened plate.
Keep reading for a couple closeups and highlights of the tricopter.
Continue reading Tricopter Build Log part three
At this point I still need to print and test the frame as well as make a shopping list (1/2in^2 wood dowel, wire, connectors, lights etc.). Currently waiting for new high-quality pulleys for my printer.