lohtse
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Night Vis goggles.

Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:43 am

Hi All just thought I add a post showing a simply setup for night vision goggles

I use the new sexy Zero W(previously used the standard zero and wifi adpter), a NOIR Camera with Ir Modules, 2600Mah Power bank, CHEAP VR goggles and some 3D printed parts. and a smartphone as the View screen in the vr goggles(we use an old samsung s2)

The software used can be found here and is easy to get setup and running.... And as yet found nothing any better.
viewtopic.php?f=43&t=63276

App used on Phone is Iplay pro (https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... ypro&hl=en)
Again found nothing else thats better as only one that has web browser you can actually enter a web address so you can use the Raspberry pi Cam software

All in all it works great. Over time there is a little lag of around half a second but it does work and has been used on a night walk with out incident. 2600mah battery(flat powerback found easily on ebay etc) provides between 2-3 hours of power but thats only because thats the longest we have ran it. after a while it can feel a little heavy to wear but hey this is just a quick and cheap setup.. Parts had been glued using Epox as provides better strength etc and wrapped camera cable with single layer of duct tape to proved extra protection..

We also found using an IR torch can boost the distance the camera can see as well so for a few pounds its worth buying one but is NOT necessery ...

Visual range with IR modules is about 10-12 meters add the torch to this and will boost it to around 20 meters.. Well the torch we used does this so there may be better ones you can use.

We like it and as said already, it works and works well for what it is...

As time goes on there may be a few tweaks here and thereand will update this with them as they happen..
We are now looking at using 3.7v lipo batterys using a TP4056 1A Lipo Battery Charging Board with a switch etc so will keep you all informed.

Am sure some of you may have a suggestion or two to improve it so feel free to ask or make suggestions.. As they are all very welcome.

Parts list
Pi Zero w
Noir Camera
IR modules
2 x M3 screws with bolds
VR Goggles
3D printed parts(happy to print and send for a SMALL fee) downloadable from here http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2154181 and a thank to my partner for doing them for me :-)
USB cable
small phone pouch(for battery)
2600Mah battery (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Ultra-s ... 1b0694f18c)
USB 2.0 Female A to Micro USB adapter (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/USB-2-0 ... 0.0.4UWAQh) used to connect female micro usb end to standard usb famale end.

Parts inc Pi zero W and camera cost us around £30 so not bad really.

regards
Lohtse

heres links to higher quality photos
https://goo.gl/photos/dSbf3wV6tAnLme7j7
https://goo.gl/photos/QjsW94idiXZhHKtH7
https://goo.gl/photos/vjWSmcWaEQtSS4JA8
https://goo.gl/photos/aEMn7CpBemJTwWYW7
https://goo.gl/photos/WZ2hocZ4TfdXjJwc8
https://goo.gl/photos/sCeFrmeY6djoqkVU6
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lohtse
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Re: Night Vis goggles.

Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:16 pm

what would people suggest for power management???

Like stated above we are looking at the TP4056 1A Lipo Battery Charging Board (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/50pcs-1 ... 52893.html) and a 3.7v lipo self-contained in a custom 3D printed box..

Whats peoples thoughts on here?
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lohtse
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Re: Night Vis goggles.

Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:51 pm

update




For those with an android device theres a new VR browser that works quite well and FREE


go to play store and search for "NOMone VR Browser"
direct link https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... wser&hl=en


Enjoy
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Gavinmc42
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Re: Night Vis goggles.

Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:54 am

I recently found you can get view finders for DSLR cameras.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cinematics-3-2- ... 2424666400
2.8/3.2" LCDs are quite common.

IR LEDs with narrow optics and Telephoto lens on the NOIR and you have a night scope
Strode LEDs at frame rate, low duty cycle with higher current - more range.

My test single IR LED Osram platinum dragon, lit up a room with 300ma, max is 1Amp, was powered by USB powerbank.

Use two Pi's/cams and two 3.2" LCD/view finders for full stereo nightvison.
If one was a Zero W and you had a laser tag team, with Point of View image swapping 8-)

Stereo FPV glasses?
Some drone operators are using single eye view finders for drone camera viewing.
Adafruit have 2.2, 2.4, 2.8 and 3.5" LCD's that Raspberry Pi's can drive.

Could a Raspberry Pi drive two SPI LCD's? Google time.
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piNet
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Re: Night Vis goggles.

Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:32 pm

Great job,

I have this (almost) exact project going on with the same materials that Gavin has mentioned

I am waiting for the VR headset to arrive before going with the screen size, Im hoping to fit 2x 2.8".
The plan is to run 2x Pi0w one with normal Camera the other a NoIR, to give a switchable stereoscopic view or both noIR depending on how it turns out. Maybe change the lens on one of the camera for long distance. I have a load of each so can play around. I plan on adding a Flir Lepton sensor to give thermal imaging overlay when funds permit and the final product is of a standard to take a part of that value (~£180).

I build my battery packs with 18650 cells or old mobile phone batteries and use those TP boards for charging all the time.

My VR headset came with a bluetooth 'gaming' controller. Im hoping to interface this and be able to use it to switch camera modes, take pictures, recording etc.

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Gavinmc42
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Re: Night Vis goggles.

Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:13 am

The 2.2" has the same resolution 320x240, was thinking it may make a light smaller head set.
It's also a bit cheaper. eBay clones are around too.

Flir would be nice too or even the Panasonic 8x8.
Turn them into insulation heat leakage googles?

Had an idea for Pi's in those 1/16 RC tanks.
Zero W would make that much easier now.
Instead of robot wars have Tank wars, 10, 20, 100 tanks :lol:
A Zero headset was the missing bit, as you really want the Tank eye view for realism.
Night time tank battles with IR spot lights :P
Hey think, I just found a way to protect the vegi garden against snails.

BB cannon RC tank, bet even the wife would be into that :lol:
She can sit inside and battle the snails in the garden.
What wavelength makes snail trails florescence?
Hunter killer tanks CM3 based with AI, CV with ML. :twisted:
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