Month: December 2015

Raspberry Pi camera module

The normal Raspberry Pi camera module and the Raspberry Pi NoIR camera are custom designed add-ons for the Raspberry Pi. All Raspberry Pi cameras are attached to one of the two small sockets on the board upper surface between the RJ45 connector and the HDMI plug. The camera interface uses the dedicated CSI interface, which was designed especially for interfacing to cameras. The CSI bus is capable of extremely high data rates, and it exclusively carries pixel data. The camera is connected to Raspberry Pi by the way of a short ribbon cable. In the picture below you see...

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Discoverer remote controlled robot with a Raspberry Pi

The Discoverer is a remote controlled robot-car based on a Raspberry Pi. The Discoverer is the biggest robot-car I build. The robot is equipped with a metal detector, a pan & tilt Raspberry Pi camera and a Raspberry Pi Sense-HAT with a magnetometer and gyroscope. I developed the robot as an early beta model for testing the integration of the data generated in combination of a GPS receiver and magnetometer. I learned a lot during the building phase about robotics in general and how to build a chassis. The wheels I actual use are too small for rough terrain....

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Cardboard robot with a Raspberry Pi

Everything started with the idea of a self made robot car the Cardboard robot. Cardboard was the material used for this robot car chassis. It is easy to work with and very cheap. You do not need a high tech workshop you only need a scissors and a carpet knife. The only problem is the idea and time to build a cool robot car out of cardboard. I build my first Raspberry Pi WIFI radio controlled robot out of cardboard. I got the cardboard from the greengrocer next to me. The picture below shows the robot I build. It...

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Step-Down Converter

I used this 5V USB step-down converter module which is based on the KIS3R33S module in my robot projects since two years and it works perfect for me. Before I used this module I had problems to power the robot and the Raspberry Pi from a single source like a RC accu pack. I always had problems that the power supply was not stable enough for the Raspberry Pi and the RaPi crashes very often. But with this cheap and small step-down converter the problems are gone. The output voltage of 5.01V and 2.5A continuous output is enough to...

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Smart robot chassis Acrylic with a Raspberry Pi

This smart robot chassis (Acrylic) kit is really nice and a very good choice for anyone wanting to start in Raspberry Pi robotics. All you need to mount the chassis is included in the package. The chassis is mounted very fast in 10 to 15 minutes. All you need is a screw driver. The height between two chassis can be changed by different copper pillars. A set of 30mm pillars is included in the package. Between the chassis is enough space to mount the battery or some electronic. With the four DC motors the robot car is very fast...

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