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121  Community / Products and Services / Re: What should our store carry? on: November 26, 2012, 07:57:45 pm
If you have a way to broadcast the Arduino stuff to the folks at Lockheed Sunnyvale you may get some strong interest from some of the guys their for their kids, and maybe a workshop or two aimed at all ages.

Oust some thoughts.
122  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Integrating a timer in a photoresistor sun-tracking system. on: November 19, 2012, 04:16:20 pm
Whenever I see someone using a tracking system based on sensors I always wonder why use a tracking device based on a sensor instead of just using the very precise available routine that will give you the location of the sun for your location based upon the time and location.  Maybe it is an exercise in sensors and a two dimensional optimization but who use it for a permanent application.

Maybe I am missing something and if I am wrong can someone explain the error in my thoughts.
123  Using Arduino / Sensors / Re: Animal detecting Sensors for Arduino? on: November 19, 2012, 10:09:45 am
There are image processing algorithms that can discriminate between bi- quadra-ped animals that would work for detecting animals within the field of view.  Processing video streams is not within the capabilities of pre DUE Arduinos and DUE may need some kinks worked out of it as many first issue systems do.
124  Community / Gigs and Collaborations / Re: Looking for someone to write code for dslr video autofocus/ remote focus - NYC. on: November 11, 2012, 05:30:36 pm
Yes it should have read impossible.
125  Community / Gigs and Collaborations / Re: Looking for someone to write code for dslr video autofocus/ remote focus - NYC. on: November 11, 2012, 10:26:40 am
Do you intend to use the sonar unit to measure the distance between the object and the focal plane of the camera and set the focus based simply on distance or are you thinking of using image processing techniques to determine when the image is in focus?  Both methods are possible, but the latter is practicably possible with the Arduino due to processing power, memory and bus, to name a few.  Reading the sonar and adjusting the foucus using a simple look up table is within the capabilities of Arduino.

Using image processing techniques to perform the autofocus is possible with the processor on the Due, I am not certain that the Due hardware/software is stable enough to engage that large a project on.
126  Using Arduino / Sensors / Re: FREESCALE MPL3115A2 PRESSURE SENSOR on: November 09, 2012, 10:17:04 am
Without a schematic and your modified source we are going to have difficulty helping you.
127  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Project - Arduino to know the difference between 2 objects on: November 09, 2012, 10:05:44 am
If I was looking to do this in volume I would try to find a material that was opaque in the visible yet transparent in the IR and another material that was opaque in the IR and transparent in the visible and arrange matching photodiodes/transistors.  When the objects were brought in they would block the photodiode from its inband light and you could read the values on the PD's to determine what was in front of it.

I say in volume as it may be expensive to set up a run initially for the "water" and "food" objects.
128  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: GPS accurate to cm's? on: November 08, 2012, 04:45:48 pm
You might want to do a SLOC count as a rough metric of whether the processor has enough memory to handle the size of the executable.  I do not have the time to do this and if I were to build a system like this I would port it to a processor that has enough power to do near real time updates.
129  Topics / Science and Measurement / Re: Help with Measuring Load Cell Voltage on: November 04, 2012, 11:29:59 am
For load cells I have good luck with simple instrumentation amps like TI's INA122's powered off the 5 V line from Arduino, the output on it is 0 - 5V.  In your case I would check if you can operate your amp with a lower voltage so your output does not exceed 5 V.  Alternatively, you could probably use a simple voltage divider with two resistors.

130  Topics / Science and Measurement / Re: Help with Measuring Load Cell Voltage on: November 02, 2012, 10:33:15 pm
Listen to Lefty he is making good sense, pat manufactures  and numbers and a schematic would help,
131  Development / Other Hardware Development / Re: Arduino Laser Range Finder on: November 02, 2012, 01:05:33 pm
You may find a pretty good market for these LRFs in the small UAVs to be used for landing aids some of the smaller UAVs land by a controlled crash method as they do not have a reliable idea of how high above the landing surface they are.  A controlled crash from 5 feet is much preferable to one from 50 feet.
132  Using Arduino / Sensors / Re: HELP!.. Does this kind of Transducer Works Underwater? on: November 02, 2012, 12:47:51 pm
That you have made a number of related posts and this kind intrigues me, if you had read that the ultrasonic transceiver worked for your application based on a DIY ROV forum why do you ask here?  It would seem that the ROV forum would have a higher IQ for your ROV application then this forum.

Most of us have been in similar circumstances that you find yourself in and realize we are just going to have purchase the hardware required and try it out on our application and see if it works.  R think you are at that point right now.
133  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Lone Worker on: October 31, 2012, 02:32:53 pm
I like your idea of the PIR sensor and I think with some logic and a IR tripwire sensor and a magnetic sensor on the door you may be able to have an autonomous system. 

The order in which the tripwire and the door magnetic sensors are triggered could determine whether a person entered the room or left and the PIR sensor could tell you if there was movement in the room.  If there was no movement for a period of time and there was a person in the room an alarm would be triggered.  The benefit of the no movement indicator causing an alarm would give you a better response time if measured between the time someone had an external electrical caused heart attack and when someone brought in some basic life support.  We installed some sensitive PIR in a secure room that would get triggered by mice running on the floor so they can pickup minor motion from a human.

Just some thoughts and I believe there are some holes in the above that can be filled in to create a functional system, but then aagain I may well have missed the boat entirely.
134  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Guidance on an outdoor surveillance application on: October 31, 2012, 02:20:42 pm
Getting analog signals out that are repeatable and produced by movement is great, what signal off the camera are you reading?  I would think the only signals output would be NTSC or PAL depending upon which side of the Atlantic and to a lesser extent the Pacific you are.

135  Topics / Science and Measurement / Re: Determining accleration due to gravity on: October 31, 2012, 11:54:36 am
Yes I made a huge error I thought for some strange reason the poster wanted to determine the direction of the magnetic field and not the acceleration due to gravity.

I believe with a full-up IMU you could get the direction of the acc. due to g.

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