What on earth is this?

, posted: 10-Sep-2007 09:23

What on earth is this?

It was last spotted on a North Shore beach near Auckland over the weekend .... And what is that Windows Mobile Device doing on it?.

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Comment by freitasm, on 10-Sep-2007 10:49

Very cool! I wish I could do some projects like this...

Author's note by BlueToothKiwi, on 10-Sep-2007 14:12

Thank you Mauricio for the kind words.


Comment by paradoxsm, on 10-Sep-2007 14:19

Buy a kit! Mine's still in the bax sadly till I clean up my room for the big sell-off. been working on the picaxe I2C using ULN2206 line drivers to power much more stuff though.

Is the PDA jsut a video recorder?

Author's note by BlueToothKiwi, on 10-Sep-2007 15:07

That is really cool, paradoxsm - you should write about it sometimes! 

Regarding your question (on What the PDA is doing besides camera)... At the moment the Windows Mobile is used simply to provide the camera function and to control the NXT - so that the head movements (for the Ultrasonic sensor) are controlled to provide a scan of the surrounding to avoid collisions and to navigate. I am currently working on extending this - and using the Windows Mobile for the following: 

· Controlling motors using the Infra Red interface of the new PF motor IR sensor. I been using the System.Net.IrDA namespace from .Net Compact Framework - but still got a long way to go before I have something fully autonomous I can write about.  

· Imaging – using blob detection etc. on the camera output in real time and controlling the robot 

· Adding GPS functionality via the PDA to provide better navigation outdoors (in conjunction with the HiTechnic compass I already have)


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I am a project manager / consultant that specialises in implementing cloud computing and Customer Relationship Management Systems. I also develop applications and especially interested in Smart tablet interfaces and Clouds.

I live in Auckland with my partner and four children. For fun, I am into robotics - My children and I spend a lot of time building robots with LEGO MINDSTORMS. I am also one of the 30 people from around the world selected by LEGO as an MCP (Mindstorms Community Partner).

My other interests include mobile devices and mountain-biking.

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