New! - a sneak preview from within our development lab
e are still in the process of getting the sensor boards into production which will taking more time than expected due to CE markings and regulations, etc.Cost are expected to be approx €50 per kit + shipping.
It's a 360 degree multifunctional programmable sensor that has a bundle of cool features for sensing for your Maker, Robot and Kinetic art type projects - including:
- 360 degree proximity sensing for robot or maker projects using Arduino or similar
- ambient light sensing
- Sony SIRC remote control transmit and receive
- Interface via serial to microcontrollers
- 3D / 360 degree HID sensor
The product is planned to be launched soon - after we have done some more testing! Detailed pre-release documentation can be found under the following heading:
If you would like us to keep you informed on the product launch or would like to purchase a pre-production version just fill in the registration form -> here
The sensor is designed to fit onto micro robots or autonomous quads or can be used for any project where 360 degrees or 3D proximity sensing is required. Such as building a touchless Midi Music instrument, 3D Mouse or Joystick for gaming and kinetic art, The sensor is ideal for building robot swarms,robot gaming and robot sumo competitions.
The sensor is also packed with 2 x ambient light sensors (for light tracking experiments or line following), "feelers" and IR remote control functionality so it can can receive and transmit Sony SIRC IR control signals for basic inter-robot or project commuications. This also allows you to take remote control of your robot (or any other device) using a TV controller (must be Sony SIRC compatible) and for inter-robot communication during gaming. See more details here
We've recently started a new PoC to review interfaces to FrSky flight controllers and receivers for development of UAV autonomous flight control and telemetry feedback.
See the progress here ->
Plug the sensor into your Arduino, Teensy, PICAXE, Basic Stamp or other microcontroller project using RS232 interface, to add a 360 degree proximity sensing functionality including , ambient light sensing and IR remote controller to your projects. Experiment with 3D graphic control, control of servos, gaming and experimentation of kinetic art, etc.
We are playing with various interfaces to the IRCF 360 sensor to convert it into a 360 degree / 3D HID type of mouse ! (see videos). We are taking this further for gesture sensing applications - but there is still some way to go. Any of you budding mathematicians and are good at this stuff, please contact us.
We have opened up this project on various forums for support (e.g. processing.org) read more
Plug the IRCF360 sensor into a Teensy2 to enable 3D mouse, joystick, keyboard interface to your Arduino projects. The Teensy2 can be configured as a USB device such as mouse, Joystick, keyboard which allows the sensor to control your PC or Mac ....adding new dimensions to your projects.
So how does this work?...By moving your hand over the sensor the direction and distance of your hand / fingers are sensed and translated into values within the Teensy2.....
Mouse emulation interface
Sensing directions are translated to mouse directions. This is programmed into the Teensyduinon - sketch using the Mouse.move (x, y) USB mouse command ; e.g. configurate of the keys WASD to control online or Massive Multiple online (MMO) games - engine / speed control is achieved by mapping mouse or keyboard keys to the distance readings from sensor.
Joystick emulation interface
- 32: Buttons
- 6: Axis (X, Y, Z, Rotate Z, Left Slider, Right Slider)
- 1: Hat Switch
It's easy to develop cool java scripting based graphics programs using the FREE development environment from processing.org and Arduino. Processing is free and opensource and really a great way to learn about programming and interfacing.
Using Arduino or MAX232 serial interface to a PC the sensor can control your java and processing sketches. Examples are: