[Space] FWD: let's build a cool geo-aware robot - I'll visualize the crap out of the results we get

Chris Paget ivegotta at tombom.co.uk
Fri Mar 26 23:35:46 UTC 2010

I'm definitely interested, I've been flying RC helicopters for a few
years and I've been wanting to get into both quadrotors and onboard
video for a while now.  I imagine that you'd be looking for a setup
that's very similar to most first-person-video RC rigs which are easy to
get but pricey.

Some links to start things off:

That's the heli I'm currently flying, it has easily enough power to
hoist several pounds of radio / video gear.

Quadrotors are gaining significant popularity at the moment, they use
the same flight controls as helicopters but are far more stable and as a
result much easier to fly.

This is the kind of first-person video gear I've been wanting for a
while now, the idea is to end up with a camera looking out of the
cockpit streaming to a head-mounted video screen.  2-axis headtracking,
on-screen displays, and automatic navigation and flight control are all
available as upgrades.

Sounds like it might be a lot of fun to put this all together with some
funky AR software and see what comes out of it - we should probably
start a new list :)



On 03/26/2010 04:07 PM, Ragi Burhum wrote:
> Someone on the main NB list told me I should forward my msg here because I could find more ppl interested in this, so here it goes:
> --
> Hello NB,
> Let me start by saying that I suck at electronics, but I am decent in other
> areas related to software, particularly Geographic Information Systems.
>  What I am looking for is someone (or some people) with patience - that
> won't mind going through my electronics learning curve so we can build
> something cool - for fun.
> My vision is to grab this 3D globe me and some friends wrote which has some
> cool relevant functionality (that's my old office in the youtube video by
> the way)
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUU5xSeSaHo
> and create some sort flying (or ground moving thing) that can stream data
> back to the globe. video, GPS location, etc. Then we can mix some cool
> ARToolKit 
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy2D8Nz92h8
> or OpenCV
> http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=opencv&search_type=&aq=f <http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=opencv&search_type=&aq=f>
> and have fun with it?
> Anyone interested?
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