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by Mikeyl
Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:49 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Arduino/Pi Robot
Replies: 29
Views: 28848

Re: Arduino/Pi Robot

Thanks - I have a couple of disused webcams lying around so I might give that a whirl when I get bored with my robot arm . Given the problems that I and others have had with usb wifi dongles I imagined that getting a usb webcam to work might be difficult verging on the impossible. The robot arm is ...
by Mikeyl
Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Arduino/Pi Robot
Replies: 29
Views: 28848

Re: Arduino/Pi Robot

[ The portable supply I am using will drive an Ipad so I was sure it could cope with the Pi/webcam and wifi. Mike How much does the supply hold (mAh)? And do you know how long it lasts driving everything? It is a 7000mah supply - I haven't done any tests to see how long it will run the pi for yet. ...
by Mikeyl
Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Arduino/Pi Robot
Replies: 29
Views: 28848

Re: Arduino/Pi Robot

[ I haven't tried a webcam with the Pi as yet: was it reasonably straightforward? Yes, pretty easy. I had a problem initially but eventually managed to work out that I wasn't supplying enough power to the Pi. Once I switched to using my Ipad power supply (which is 2.1A) then the camera came up as v...
by Mikeyl
Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Arduino/Pi Robot
Replies: 29
Views: 28848

Re: Arduino/Pi Robot

This is the first piece of electronics I've built... :lol: Fantastic - by the way this forum needs a "We are not worthy" smiley! That chassis looks seriously overloaded :shock: Its not the fastest robot in the world... 8-) But the chassis was only £10.00 including the motors. Cost to build the whol...
by Mikeyl
Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Arduino/Pi Robot
Replies: 29
Views: 28848

Re: Arduino/Pi Robot

calebzulawski wrote:How are you streaming the webcam? Are you using wifi?
Yes, Edimax wifi dongle

Mike
by Mikeyl
Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Arduino/Pi Robot
Replies: 29
Views: 28848

Re: Arduino/Pi Robot

Hi I'm using the Motor Shield because (after reading around) it seemed the easiest way to control two motors, vary power and direction. The Pi powers the webcam, runs motion and streams the webcam image across the network so you can look at it on another machine. At the moment... Once the Pi and Ard...
by Mikeyl
Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Arduino/Pi Robot
Replies: 29
Views: 28848

Arduino/Pi Robot

Some very quick photos of my Pi/Arduino robot. AT the moment it will wonder around avoiding objects and you can get a robot's view through a streaming webcam sent from the Pi. http://www.blackhat.co.uk/images/pi/robot1.jpg http://www.blackhat.co.uk/images/pi/robot2.jpg http://www.blackhat.co.uk/imag...
by Mikeyl
Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Which webcam works best with debian?
Replies: 11
Views: 14597

Re: Which webcam works best with debian?

I am using a C200 on the Wheezy beta release and it works fine.

Mike
by Mikeyl
Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recommended HDMI-DVI cable?
Replies: 4
Views: 3558

Re: Recommended HDMI-DVI cable?

I bought this one:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001 ... 02_s00_i00

and it works fine

Mike
by Mikeyl
Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:50 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Anyone have wifi dongle without external power?
Replies: 45
Views: 26474

Re: Anyone have wifi dongle without external power?

I have the same dongle running as well. What made a difference was using a decent power supply - I have an iPad one- with a decent lead. I found that my Kindle lead didn't work properly. I also have a USB webcam working along with the wifi. As a first step to using the Pi on a robot.

Mike
by Mikeyl
Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:33 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Attaching Pi to Robot Chassis
Replies: 2
Views: 1988

Re: Attaching Pi to Robot Chassis

Thanks for the reply - I have found this on ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Raspberry-Pi-Carrier-Frame-/170875073578?pt=UK_Computing_Other_Computing_Networking&hash=item27c8f2b42a which seems the most suitable thing, though £10.00 is expensive for a frame, this one is 3-d printed... Now I have wirel...
by Mikeyl
Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:54 am
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: MUMPS on the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 8
Views: 2989

Re: MUMPS on the Raspberry Pi

I'll have to have a go at that - I spent a number of years programming in MUMPS - wrote a complete Hotel System in it amongst other things...

Mike
by Mikeyl
Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:46 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Attaching Pi to Robot Chassis
Replies: 2
Views: 1988

Attaching Pi to Robot Chassis

I am completely new to robotics and electronics but now have an arduino robot running and controlled from my ipad via ssh to the Pi. Eventually I want to attach the Pi to the Magician Chassis I am using - but I'm not sure about the most suitable method? I need to be able to get to the GPIO pins for ...
by Mikeyl
Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: One of *those* days...
Replies: 30
Views: 5250

Re: One of *those* days...

I have heard of several people who broke their kindle screens, phoned Amazon about it and were sent a new kindle as a replacement. They make far more money from the books than the devices - always worth a shot.

And i love my Kindle as well - saved about 3kgs on books on holiday!

Mike
by Mikeyl
Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: OpenArena package
Replies: 48
Views: 24850

Re: OpenArena package

Just an update.

Went back to a clean Wheezy install and followed the instruactions above and now works fine.

I think I had tried to install Quake3 before and must have stopped it working.

thanks

Mike
by Mikeyl
Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Buy keyboard
Replies: 7
Views: 2241

Re: Buy keyboard

I bought a wireless keyboard and mouse combo from Argos for £9.99 - they work fine.

Code: 929/2895 - marked as £16.99 in catalogue but marked down when you buy it.

Mike
by Mikeyl
Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Charged extra for shipping?
Replies: 16
Views: 5265

Re: Charged extra for shipping?

If you order from overseas you will be charged extra- happens in this country (UK) for orders from the USA and Canada.

You are responsible for all taxes incurred in your country - they are nothing to do with RS.

I found the process of ordering from RS pretty straight-forward and professional.

Mike
by Mikeyl
Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3518
Views: 102634

Re: Introduce yourself!

I'm Mike and have been playing with computers since I had an ELF II single board machine back in 1979 - the pi reminds me a lot of that machine. I went on to write games for the Spectrum, Amstrad, ST, Amiga and PC before doing some real work and programming in MUMPS, C, VB, etc creating hotel system...
by Mikeyl
Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:34 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: OpenArena package
Replies: 48
Views: 24850

Re: OpenArena package

I am on Wheezy and have tried the above instructions - all seemed to download okay and install. When I run it using sudo (or otherwise) , I get a very brief flash of text and then the screen goes white and I get a short burst of sound. The opening screen comes up and the graphics at the top are puls...
by Mikeyl
Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:57 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Using a Creative NOMAD
Replies: 2
Views: 747

Re: Using a Creative NOMAD

Hi Thanks for the reply - I realised that the GNomad2 package was actually available on the Wheezy beta release, so I have tried installing that and I can successfully run Gnomad2 and connect to the drive. It shows the songs on it and the data transfer window. I now have to work out how to mount it ...
by Mikeyl
Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Using a Creative NOMAD
Replies: 2
Views: 747

Using a Creative NOMAD

Hi I have an old Creative Nomad jukebox in the cupboard which has a 6GB drive and which I thought would be interesting to try and use as a hard drive for the Raspi. I have plugged it in and it is shown as a device with the correct ID in lsusb In fdisk -l it doesn't show up as a device and it appears...
by Mikeyl
Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Where to start, coming from a Windows background?
Replies: 8
Views: 3888

Re: Where to start, coming from a Windows background?

I am also new to linux having a windows and VB background.

I have been looking at Gambas which is a Visual Basic for Linux and very similar to VB in style and syntax.

Mike
by Mikeyl
Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Gambas
Replies: 86
Views: 21413

Re: Gambas

Have just received my pi and downloaded the .deb archive above for Gambas3. Had to run apt-get update before it would work as a number of dependencies were missing.

But it now loads up and runs.

As a former VB6 programmer (I now make Toy Soldiers for a living :-)) it looks easy to get into

Mike

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