We running a Proof of Concept (PoC) using our 360 sensor together with quadcopters open source flight controllers such as the Naze32, CC3D or other flight controller with a standard serial port interface.
As the 360 degree sensor gives proximity feedback in a semi-sphere, by adding two sensors together we form a proximity "bubble" where the quadcopter can fly in. PoC is to get more autopilot support when flying in constrained environments.The initial tests are inside our lab where we have more control of the environment. A special micro quadcopter / drone chassis is being designed and 3D printed to accommodate the 360 degree sensor We'll be posting the initial results as soon as we get some exciting stuff to report.
We are testing our new 3D Delta printer. We are planning to provide 3D STL designs of of our robot chassis and sensors.
We are using all our available time to work on the preparation of the 360 degree 3D Sensor kit for distribution. We have no fixed date when the first items will be available, but we'll update the news feed.
See details here
We're launching a completely new 360 degree programmable proximity and ambient light sensor - packed with many new commands ! Another great addition to your Arduino, Maker, Robot, Processing and Java scripting projects!
Keyboard emulation interface
The sensor is designed to fit onto micro sized robots (50mm x 50mm) where 360 degrees of proximity sensing, ambient light sensing and basic inter-robot communication is required, such as robot swarms, robot research, robot gaming and robot sumo competitions.
The sensors is also packed with two ambient light sensors (for light tracking experiments or line following) and IR remote control functionality so it can can read and transmit Sony SIRC IR control signals. This also allows you to take remote control of your robot (or any other device) using a TV controller (must be Sony SIRC compatible) or why not perhaps use it for inter-robot communication during gaming. See more details here
Plug the sensor into your Arduino, Teensy, PICAXE, Basic Stamp or other microcontroller project, to add a 360 degree proximity sensing, ambient light sensing controller to your project. Experiment with 3D graphic control, control of servos, gaming and experimentation of kinetic art,
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.....
Sensing directions are translated into keyboard keys. This is programmed into the Teensyduinon - sketch using the usb keyboard commands:
e.g. configurate of the keys WASD to control online or Massive Multiple online (MMO) games - spaceship speed control is achieved by mapping mouse or keyboard keys to the distance readings from sensor.
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
// "value" is from 0 to 1023 Joystick.Y(value);
// 512 is resting position Joystick.Z(value);
Using Arduino or MAX232 serial interface to a PC the sensor can control your java and processing sketches. Examples are: