I’m not much of a drinker, if at all… but, I have always wanted to make a BarBot and here is my attempt, no plans, just an evening or two and a few bits over from the slow boat in China and magic… I’m really happy how this has come together and it even appears very well thought out!
A lot of people seem to have struggled to implement reading multiple serial cameras on Arduino due to the hardware limitations, this is a software solution that uses a pointer to the connection and a listen command to iterate through each cameras “motion detected” state. It seems to work vey well.
There is still a long way to go, but this is a real mile stone in the projects development.
Here’s the evidence!
I was looking at the Raspberry Pi website and saw an article from Pete Lomas (http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2081), Pete is one of the founders of the Raspberry Pi foundation and I was amazed to read in the blog from the article he mentions the talk Alasdair and I done at Cambridge University.
He also links to a video presentation I had not seen before… “A local zoo wants to crowd-map endangered animals.”
Pete’s whole blog is here http://www.wired.com/opinion/2012/09/raspberry-pi-insider-exclusive-sellout-to-sell-out/
I star at 3:55…
I’ve been playing and prototyping the cheapest way to create a wireless camera MESH network and I don’t think this solution is far off… no micro processor at work here just serial and a Serial TTL camera.