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Old Jan 26, 2013, 04:46 AM
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Added my vote

Check this thread out on MBM

http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/for...?topic=15817.0

Steam and computer control

Cheers
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That's the kind of potential we're talking about right there
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 05:07 AM
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DING! - Footski takes up to 80% of required signatures as of T-Plus 31:13 (02:56) !!!!

Dang, I wish I could level like this in World of Warcraft!!

Get your friends in on this, maybe we can set some kind of record......
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 09:41 AM
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DING!

craig_c,

Eight more and we got the 50 required. We are at 58 now. I think we can safely start planning our approach, taxonomy and layout. Maybe start by identifying our stakeholders and their requirements. Any thoughts?

Pete

EDIT: I took a shot at some possible Topic areas, just noodling a bit:

Start Here
- Sticky - intro topics

Automation - Controlling features
Servos, switches, steppers, Sound, Data Acquisition
Navigation - Controlling Navigation
HOTAS, GPS, etc
Monitoring - Safety
Flooding, overheating, controll failures
Processors - Microcontrollers/Microprocessors specific
Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Parallax Propeller, TI Launchpad, Pinoccio, etc
Programming - C and variants, Python, Scripting, IDEs and Programming Interfaces, etc
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 11:15 AM
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saw this in WIRED a few minutes ago but it is a cool idea; throw the rescue boat in the water and say "go get the red springer' and it finds it and brings it back. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...v=znuUm5vbSpI#!
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 12:08 PM
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Just an FYI. MCM Electronics is now an authorized element14 outlet and has R Pi model B Rev 2 boards in stock:

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/conten...S/raspberry-pi

Pete
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 02:26 PM
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DING!

craig_c,

Eight more and we got the 50 required. We are at 58 now. I think we can safely start planning our approach, taxonomy and layout. Maybe start by identifying our stakeholders and their requirements. Any thoughts?

Pete

EDIT: I took a shot at some possible Topic areas, just noodling a bit:

Start Here
- Sticky - intro topics

Automation - Controlling features
Servos, switches, steppers, Sound, Data cquisition
Navigation - Controlling Navigation
HOTAS, GPS, etc
Monitoring - Safety
Flooding, overheating, controll failures
Processors - Microcontrollers/Microprocessors specific
Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Parallax Propeller, TI Launchpad, Pinoccio, etc
Programming - C and variants, Python, Scripting, IDEs and Programming Interfaces, etc
Oh, and lets go with Homebrew - I can't find my BeeGees hairblower...


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Old Jan 26, 2013, 02:46 PM
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New Forum request sent to admins for "Homebrew" Hardware & Software Systems for Watercraft

We is on our way! Onward and downward! TO THE ABYSS!!!
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 02:48 PM
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Excellent!


The waiting game begins.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 03:14 PM
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Wooohooooo!!!!!
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 06:31 PM
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WOW!! 25 signatures!! Pond Sailor puts us over the hump less than 26 hours after we posted the petition!!

You guys ROCK!


http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post23921291

So much for being OT, eh, BG?
Just saw the PM reports, 62 sigs already!? maybe more by now!

pretty figgen awesome!

most of my OT threads are usually for sharing a laugh or three!

I see great things coming from it, looks like we have a lot of knowledgeable people on board for the sharing of ideas and concepts.

for those folks who are a little worried about programing languages that work with this stuff.. Arduino is pretty much, just Basic.. and basic, is pretty easy to learn. I learned Basic with commodore basic long long ago in the far away times. most directions are pretty straight forward once you get the handle on what they are and what they do.

one of my first servo/automations projects is going to be a RC rowboat, co-ordinating the TX commands to the RX to make the servos that control the oars follow a routine based on input.

servo control, as most of y'all shouls know already is that the servo is simply.. more or less is repeating the position of the pot attached to the pot inside the TX
take that point as a refrence point.. then apply tables to calculate rate and speed of the servo functions.
to break down the concept further.. the I/O board working ther servos has a routine. and the speed of that routine is derived from the signal sent from the TX

But I'm getting ahead of things probably but these are the type of Crowd sourced solutions that can be taken away from such a forum and is the point.
I can't wait to see what ideas some of y'all come up with!
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 01:06 PM
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What is the Purpose of Autonomy in Model Boats?

Being a partial Luddite, I am curious about what benefits, in terms of "fun", autonomy adds to model boating. I really don't understand the "fun " in UAV's either. Seems like a lot of added complication and cost to me.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 02:53 PM
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Being a partial Luddite, I am curious about what benefits, in terms of "fun", autonomy adds to model boating. I really don't understand the "fun " in UAV's either. Seems like a lot of added complication and cost to me.
Then don't use the boards to make the boat autonomous.
Use them as an accessory. You can then push a button on a transmitter to activate one of these boards.
Once activated, the winch will raise an ROV off the deck, the A frame will then
transit the ROV over the stern of your model, then the winch will lower the ROV, and
activate the camera and transmitter. It will then lower the ROV a set distance.

When activated again, the board can then reverse the whole process, and you will
have only used one channel on your transmitter. Actually, half a channel.

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Old Jan 27, 2013, 04:25 PM
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this is interesting

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/170979603894?...84.m1438.l2649
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 04:36 PM
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It does not say if the servos are independant or syncronized. It could really change how useful the chip is otherwise.

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Old Jan 27, 2013, 06:33 PM
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Its independent control for each servo, the chip receives serial data from an another microcontroller to move the servo. Each servo has an address.

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