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Title: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: lavellhicks on Oct 03, 2016, 12:59 am
Looking to pay someone to write an arduino "follow me" code using the arduino pieces that I currently have. I'm a beginner and the project is a bit advanced for my time frame. I want my rc car to follow me wherever I go. If interested let me know and I will go into more detail.
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: patduino on Oct 03, 2016, 01:28 am
Hi lavellhicks,

I think your plan to break the project into smaller pieces is an excellent idea.

What sensors do you plan to use? How will the car know where you are?

Pat.
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: blimpyway on Oct 03, 2016, 09:47 am
I think a mechanical device is the simplest and most accurate way to make a follow-me cart. Think of a retractable dog leash but much lighter, with a rotary encoder and potentiometer will measure quite well direction and distance between cart and the person pulling it.
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: PaulS on Oct 03, 2016, 11:35 am
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using the arduino pieces that I currently have.
That presumes that the pieces that you have are appropriate. Without knowing what those pieces are, I, for one, am not willing to agree that they are appropriate.
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: PaulMurrayCbr on Oct 03, 2016, 04:05 pm
OP: please tell us what pieces you already have, what method your device will use to follow someone. After all - you could accomplish this without any arduino at all simply by attaching a dogleash and dragging the thing around. If that's not what you had in mind, to even decide whether or not I might be able to do your coding, I have to know what you are thinking of.
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: lavellhicks on Oct 29, 2016, 02:27 am
Apologize for the late response but i want the car to use GPS to always know where I am. So far I have two bipolar stepper motors, arduino uno, and an adafruit ultimate gps logging shield for the car. (a motor shield as well if needed but highly doubt it). I have a ultimate gps breakout and an arduino pro mini to be used for the tag.
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: blimpyway on Oct 29, 2016, 01:33 pm
The GPS is quite inacurate. It will follow you when distances are greater than few (3-5) meters, but
- it won't  follow you exactly, any nearby obstacles (like when you pass through a gate) might not be avoided,
- GPS signal may be shadowed in certain places - near trees, tall buildings, indoors.
- you didn't mention a communication means between tag and follower.
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: Dmitron1036 on Oct 29, 2016, 02:31 pm
I guess, optical IR-receiver 36kHz IC on servo-motor - will scan the space.
and ultrasonic distance meter will show you the distance.
IR transceiver can be on enother arduino (on you). 
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: lavellhicks on Oct 29, 2016, 06:13 pm
Not as concerned about objects in the way. But I am concerned with the accuracy. IR receiver sounds about right as long as it can reach up to 45-50 yards
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: lavellhicks on Oct 29, 2016, 07:03 pm
I'm willing to change the hardware. Just need someone to take the project on.
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: blimpyway on Oct 31, 2016, 11:51 am
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But I am concerned with the accuracy
Being concerned without mentioning what  accuracy has to be, is not very useful.

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Not as concerned about objects in the way
That's a strange environment. Can you be more specific about
- what this environment is
- how close the vehicle should follow its target

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the project is a bit advanced for my time frame
It might be for anyone, what is the time frame?

A couple ultrasound sensors + triangulation might be useful, eventually with IMUs to compensate for ultrasound's inconsistent reliability (but hopefully without).
Without details about vehicle and its environment  no one can tell what are the chances to solve it in an unknown time frame.
 

Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: lastchancename on Nov 23, 2016, 09:37 am
Just to toss in another wrinkle - you mention significant distances (and possibly terrain), suggesting the car may get up to a modest speed while looking for you and navigating/approaching.

You need to handle the steering angle, acceleration & braking as well as obstacles and distance to calculate any meaningful navigation strategy.  Also consider movable challenges - a dog, stroller etc.

Running over those distances for an extended period of time at speed will require substantial batteries (=weight), so larger motors (=larger batteries = larger motors=larger batteries...) may be needed.

Is this simply a toy to follow you around while you play soccer, or a planned project with an end goal (excuse the pun!).   We need more info, as well as your location, as that may rule out contributing to your learning curve.
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: rfowler416 on Sep 08, 2019, 10:49 pm
    This is almost exactly what I'm looking for.  I want a cooler to follow me as I walk from my truck to the softball field, beach, etc.  I'm an experienced licensed electrician, and a chronic tinkerer, so I can build and wire the thing easily, and I have boxes and boxes of Arduino and Raspberry Pi hardware and sensors sitting around.  I simply don't have the expertise or time to code and program the thing (having twins a few years ago sort of halted my learning this stuff).
     My plan is to use a 3-wheeled setup.  I will either have one motor to drive the rear wheels and a servo or actuator to turn the single front wheel, or use a motor on each rear wheel and steer by stopping or slowing one motor at a time.  That stuff is easy enough for me to handle, but how to make it follow me is what I'm having difficulty with.  It will be used in the open and as a sort of novelty, so obstacle avoidance, complex navigation, and high speed won't be terribly necessary.  I would think a beacon (IR or ultrasonic) would be the easiest thing, but I don't know how to code it.  I'm trying to do this fairly cheaply, hardware-wise, but I'd gladly pay some one of you experts out there to write the code for me so I can just upload it and maybe reverse engineer the thing a bit as I learn.  Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: Delta_G on Sep 09, 2019, 02:46 am
How much you willing to pay?  That sounds like a pretty involved undertaking.  Won't be cheap. 
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: romalomey on Sep 12, 2019, 10:21 pm
What is the magic that caused this topic to be
read 1600+ times? :)
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: Delta_G on Sep 13, 2019, 05:48 am
What is the magic that caused this topic to be
read 1600+ times? :)
First two words of the title. 
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: KASSIMSAMJI on Sep 13, 2019, 06:54 am
First two words of the title. 
hahaha, damn right
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: rfowler416 on Sep 13, 2019, 04:37 pm
How much you willing to pay?  That sounds like a pretty involved undertaking.  Won't be cheap. 
Well, that's a little vague, but name your price and I'll consider it.  Obviously there's a tipping point where it's just not worth it, but I'd definitely like to get this done.  I had sort of figured that someone a little more versed than myself would be able to find existing code somewhere and I could build to match it.  Failing that, I didn't think it would be too difficult for one of you experts to write up.  If it's too much for you to reasonably take on then so be it, but I'm very interested in making this and seeing how it works.
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: Delta_G on Sep 13, 2019, 06:51 pm
Well, that's a little vague, but name your price and I'll consider it.  Obviously there's a tipping point where it's just not worth it, but I'd definitely like to get this done.  I had sort of figured that someone a little more versed than myself would be able to find existing code somewhere and I could build to match it.  Failing that, I didn't think it would be too difficult for one of you experts to write up.  If it's too much for you to reasonably take on then so be it, but I'm very interested in making this and seeing how it works.
I'm sorry.  Perhaps you don't understand this negotiation.  I asked you first.  How much are you willing to pay. 

This sounds like it will be a lot of work.  It gets tiresome all the people who come in and want me to spend hours coding and if I quote it any more than $20 or $50 then they run off.  So I want to know if you're serious about paying to have this done or if you think this is going to be cheap.  I want to know if it is even worth my time to try to think about quoting it. 

How much money (in hundreds of dollars) are you willing to spend on this?

I usually ask for something like $20 - $30 per hour for development stuff like this.  And I see many many days of work on this, plus the debugging.  The code might not be that hard, but there could be a LOT of hardware debugging to do. 
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: rfowler416 on Sep 13, 2019, 11:51 pm
I'm sorry.  Perhaps you don't understand this negotiation.  I asked you first.  How much are you willing to pay. 

This sounds like it will be a lot of work.  It gets tiresome all the people who come in and want me to spend hours coding and if I quote it any more than $20 or $50 then they run off.  So I want to know if you're serious about paying to have this done or if you think this is going to be cheap.  I want to know if it is even worth my time to try to think about quoting it. 

How much money (in hundreds of dollars) are you willing to spend on this?

I usually ask for something like $20 - $30 per hour for development stuff like this.  And I see many many days of work on this, plus the debugging.  The code might not be that hard, but there could be a LOT of hardware debugging to do. 

My sincerest apologies.  I was of the mistaken understanding that you were the expert and I was the prospective customer.  It doesn't sound like you're interested in doing the work, but thank you for responding anyway.  Had you been interested I would have been willing to pay two "hundreds of dollars", provided that it worked properly and was delivered in a timely manner.  Of course, I would prefer that the service be rendered without so many smartass remarks, as I already have a reliable local supply of those, so in your case I would deduct at least .5 "hundreds of dollars" for each such remark.  I understand that the time investment may be significantly more than I had imagined, but then, that's why I'm the inquirer and you're the expert.  There doesn't seem much harm in asking.  Thank you!
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: Delta_G on Sep 13, 2019, 11:57 pm
Nevermind then
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: J-M-L on Oct 12, 2019, 09:42 am
I know companies that charge 500€ to 2000€ a day for mix of software and and hardware engineering work. Of course they have administrative overhead and tax

At $30 it would definitely be on the cheap side  and Delat_G Is no newbie and quite experienced... - $200 does not even get you a day of work which is *very* far from the work needed to match specific needs of writing the code, testing and debugging

You could have a look at this Make an Autonomous "Follow Me" Cooler (https://www.hackster.io/hackershack/make-an-autonomous-follow-me-cooler-7ca8bc) project - about $200 just for parts assuming you have access to a 3D printer. Not sure the wheels would go all-terrains on that one though (eg sandy beach)

There is another post (https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=640186.0) where @silente offers to work for free - May be he is a good practitioner and interested in your project
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: sancusa on Oct 14, 2019, 04:23 am
Just curious, what would such a tracker car used for?
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: J-M-L on Oct 14, 2019, 05:52 am
Just curious, what would such a tracker car used for?
Answer in #12
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I want a cooler to follow me as I walk from my truck to the softball field, beach, etc
Title: Re: Will pay for arduino code
Post by: rfowler416 on Oct 14, 2019, 07:10 pm
I know companies that charge 500€ to 2000€ a day for mix of software and and hardware engineering work. Of course they have administrative overhead and tax

At $30 it would definitely be on the cheap side  and Delat_G Is no newbie and quite experienced... - $200 does not even get you a day of work which is *very* far from the work needed to match specific needs of writing the code, testing and debugging

You could have a look at this Make an Autonomous "Follow Me" Cooler (https://www.hackster.io/hackershack/make-an-autonomous-follow-me-cooler-7ca8bc) project - about $200 just for parts assuming you have access to a 3D printer. Not sure the wheels would go all-terrains on that one though (eg sandy beach)

There is another post (https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=640186.0) where @silente offers to work for free - May be he is a good practitioner and interested in your project
I think you've rather missed the point of what I'm looking for here, but thanks for giving me a ballpark number, even if it's for something well above and beyond what I actually need.