Archive for category: Sensors

  • Kinect SDK Beta Refresh

    Kinect SDK Beta Refresh

    C#, Programming, Sensors August 2, 2011 19:52 3 comments

    Microsoft has released a new refresh of the Kinect SDK. The new beta has a few driver updates and some run time enhancements.  They also worked on improving the documentation. More information about the latest Kinect SDK update can be found on the official website: [LINK] You can download the […]

     
  • Coming soon: Dexter Industries 6-DOF IMU

    Coming soon: Dexter Industries 6-DOF IMU

    NXT, Sensors July 19, 2011 16:00 15 comments

    Dexter Industries are currently developing a great new sensor, a proper 6 Degree of Freedom (DOF) Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for the NXT. It consists of two sensors on a single board; a 3-D gyroscope and a 3-D accelerometer. Both sensors can measure their respective values on the X, Y […]

     
  • New from HiTechnic: a Barometric Sensor

    New from HiTechnic: a Barometric Sensor

    NXT, Sensors July 16, 2011 20:22 no comments

    HiTechnic have released a new sensor: a barometric sensor that can also measure temperature! If you ever wanted to make your own weather station, then this is perfect for the job! It measures the pressure in 1/1000th of an inch of Mercury, which can easily be converted other units like […]

     
  • Coming soon from Mindsensors

    Coming soon from Mindsensors

    NXT, Ramblings, Sensors June 30, 2011 16:05 15 comments

    NXShield for Arduino This shield is designed to fit on an Arduino. It will have 4 NXT motor ports, 4 NXT sensor ports and several RC servo motor ports. It allows you to use the I2C port on the Arduino. However it will have only a single I2C bus.  That […]

     
  • Kinect SDK is Finally Here!

    Kinect SDK is Finally Here!

    C#, Programming, Sensors June 16, 2011 21:00 1 comment

    The Kinect SDK is here and the tutorial series of basic fundamentals on it also arrived: The Kinect SDK Beta download: [LINK] Installing and using the Kinect sensor: [LINK] Camera fundamentals: [LINK] Skeletal Tracking fundamentals: [LINK] Audio fundamentals: [LINK] Depth data directives: [LINK] Via [Kinect Hacks] Now I can finally […]

     
  • Improved Thermal Imaging

    Improved Thermal Imaging

    Experiments, NXT, ROBOTC, Sensors June 16, 2011 16:53 15 comments

    After the initial post about my thermal imaging system using the Dexter Industries Thermal Infrared Sensor, I made some improvements with both the speed and accuracy of the whole thing. I made the sensor sampling interval time based, rather than encoder value based.  This proved to be a lot better […]

     
  • Bring on the Heat: Thermal Imaging with the NXT

    Bring on the Heat: Thermal Imaging with the NXT

    ROBOTC, Sensors June 12, 2011 22:10 11 comments

    Having spent most of yesterday hacking and optimizing the firmware for the new Dexter Industries Thermal IR Sensor, I thought I would go ahead and make something fun with it today. I built a pan and tilt rig for the sensor with a great deal of gearing down to allow […]

     
  • Lookin’ Hot: Thermal Infrared Sensor

    Lookin’ Hot: Thermal Infrared Sensor

    Sensors June 9, 2011 21:08 2 comments

    Hey baby, you’re on fire!  No really, you are, I can tell with my new Thermal Infrared Sensor from Dexter Industries. This sensor came in the mail today, it’s Dexter Industries’ latest sensor, the Thermal Infrared Sensor. I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet but I have […]

     
  • Disco Inferno Part II

    NXC, Sensors June 9, 2011 04:24 1 comment

    Sidneys1 has come up with an improved version of my own Disco Inferno, written in NXC. His article has a great explanation of what PWM is and how it works. So if you’re keen to know the finer details about how RS485 can be used to control the brightness of […]

     
  • Disco Inferno

    Experiments, Sensors June 7, 2011 21:51 2 comments

    Sometimes an idea comes into existence and you wonder why the heck nobody else came up with it. My good friend Laurens Valk was working on a robot for one of his classes and asked me if there was a way to PWM the pins on the sensor port, dig0 […]