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3DWebfier - WIFI to USB 3D printer remote control

3DWebFier Project - the spreading of 3D printers is giving hint to the creativity of many people, including myself, it's great to draw an object and then send it to to the printer, you will be fascinated to see how a thin wire, like raw material, fluid materialize your idea. But we realize that time is passing, for a complex object sometimes also needed from 6 to 10 hours before it is completed.

Project present at Rome Maker Faire 2014.



Thus we have a new requirement: it would be great if our 3D Printer can be remotely controlled from the office or from our car, check the progress of work and even stop in case of emergency. Ok, I know that someone has already thought this, you may decide to use the old laptop connected to the router of your home or office, or definitely the most easy, take a Raspberry PI as a front-end Internet for your printer 3D. Our idea is to use our development board PIC-AP BOARD (or any board with similar characteristics, a Microchip PiC24 such this one ) connected via USB to the printer 3D and WiFi to home router via a WiFi module with serial interface HLK-RM04 We use the sw free VSPM Virtual Serial Com on the laptop to map the ip address of the printer to a virtual com of our PC and we will control our printer with Pronterface, from another room, the office or from another city.

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Creating 3D object with Autodesk ReCap Photo from fixing DSLR and rotating dish

Creating 3D object with Autodesk ReCap Photo from fixing DSLR and rotating dish.

I'm interested in 3d Laser scanning techinques, in the past weeks i heard about Recap360, so I tried it taking immediately some amazing result from Recap Photo following the tutorials regarding the right way of take the photo around a fix object.

Now my idea is to use Recap Photo in cloud or in a PC acting as a DIY 3d Laser scanning (without the laser for the moment...).
So i tried my 3d model reconstruction by a fix camera phone while rotating subject by step of 5 -10 degrees. To improve the detail, i have taken 55 photos by using a Samsung S3 Mini. 
 
My goal is to create an automatic Rotate & Shoot system using my Remote Shooter system, it's able to control both and synchronized, a Reflex Camera as Nikon D50, D7100 and more, while the subject is on a rotating dish (using a geared stepper motor).

Here is my public share of the project http://a360.co/1lQiJGs, and take also a look at this https://sketchfab.com/show/eff4529f3f....
 
In my first successful experiment i use some different markers in shape and colors, cause i think it could help the Recap algorithm in stich the photos.
  Now i'm searching for public API of Recap Photo that helps to automate the workflow of create a new project with the parameters, upload the photos and when ready, download the obj.file.


an example of Pic-AP-Board controlling the stepper geared motor


 

A wireless family home chalkboard with Microchip Pic24

Why don't use the Pic-Ap-Board for a home chalkboard?





Imagine to have a little screen on the fridge, and the family communicate each other through a digital chalkboard simply writing  short phrases (no milk, buy some eggs, i come late tonight etc).

In every common family is normal that due the city lifestile, the members can cross them only for few time, from the morning to the evening when normally, child go to the school, father and mother go to their work.

So the recipe for this project is:
1 Pic-Ap-Board
1 Nokia 5110 module display (arduino shield like)
1 Hc-05 Serial Bluetooth module
1 Bluetooth chat android app









Squeezzy Mouse, la palla antistress che funziona da mouse!




Che cos’è Squeezzy Mouse?

E’ un mouse all’interno di una pallina antistress.

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Perché squeezzy mouse?

Perchè non se ne può più dei soliti mouse!

Il mouse è nato, o meglio è stato brevettato, nel lontano 1967 ed è ancora oggi l’unico indiscusso sistema di puntamento utilizzato quando ci si avvicina ad un personal computer, specifico personal computer perché se è vero che ora ci sono altri sistemi di puntamento come ad  esempio il touch screen, gli stessi non sono certo comodissimi da utilizzare quando si è di fronte ad uno schermo verticale.

Sono cosi cambiati i sistemi operativi, è migliorato l’hardware di tutte le periferiche, i supporti per i dati sono passati dalle schede forate  ai DVD 2L, le stampanti ora sono anche 3D; non c’è un pezzo che sia rimasto lo stesso, solo il sistema di puntamento non è cambiato di molto.
Certo, si è passati dal filo e la pallina al laser e senza filo, gli si sono date le forme più stravaganti ma alla fine quando ci si avvicina ad un PC il gesto della mano che scorre sulla scrivania fino a raggiungere il fatidico mouse è sempre lo stesso, c’è chi imputa addirittura problemi di tunnel carpale al gesto di muovere il mouse, qunado siamo poggiati su di una scrivania, ma non c’è altro sistema di muovere la freccina sullo schermo.

Così un bel giorno giocherellando con una pallina antistress mentre lavoravo al PC mi sono detto, certo che se si potesse muovere con la stessa pallina antistress anche  la freccetta sullo schermo non sarebbe male, perché no?, la tecnologia c’è, oggi accelerometri, giroscopi ce ne sono e di tutti i tipi, allora perché non farla e cominciare a dare la possibilità di lavorare sia come un mouse tradizionale poggiato sulla scrivania che in aria senza dover poggiare per forza la mano ed il braccio sulla scrivania , magari solo il gomito? e magari tra un movimento e l’altro dare anche qualche strizzata alla pallina, cosi giusto per buttare via un po’ di stress?

Abbiamo così sviluppato il primo prototipo per capire come poter fare, lo abbiamo messo in una pallina da tennis essendo molto simile per forma alla nostra idea, ma già vuota all’interno per poterci inserire un circuito elettronico,  abbiamo cosi  collegato il cavo USB ed abbiamo visto che l’idea è fattibile.



Ora c’è da metterlo in una vera pallina antistress come nella forma da noi rappresentata, c’è da togliere il filo facendolo diventare wireless, c’è da mettere una batteria ricaribile e c’è anche da migliorare il tutto, ma per fare questo abbiamo bisogno anche di Te, sempre che l’idea ti piaccia come piace a noi!



  Squeezzy è un mouse bluetooth ricaricabile, è progettato per lavorare con il PC con interfaccia Bluetooth (in futuro  anche per i computer Mac), non è richiesto un ricevitore separato.
Con la tecnologia Bluetooth avanzata, questo mouse funziona fino a 10 metri di distanza.
Il sensore utilizzato è un accelerometro ad alte prestazioni, ha la capacità di rilevare ogni movimento durante giochi o altre attività.
   Squeezzy mouse è confortevole e ha un disegno buffo. Con questo dispositivo non sarà necessario acquistare le batterie. Il cavo USB viene utilizzato solo per caricare la batteria, non per la connessione al computer. non dimenticare, è comprimibile!
  Squeezzy, è il mouse che consente di modificare il guscio esterno! Diversi colori da scegliere. anche secondo il tuo stato d'animo
Prova Squeezzy e non cambierai mai più il mouse!

  Una scelta perfetta per chi vuole avere sempre con se un mouse personale con cover intercambiabili da portare in ufficio o in viaggio, come puntatore ad una presentazione, o per giocherellarci nei momenti di relax.  

Ti interessa  Squeezzy?



Squeezzy Mouse!

Squeezzy, the squeezable mouse coming soon.
The new generation wireless, antistress mouse
Imagine if an antistress ball bounces on the wall or on your hand, and after become a full working, open air mouse.
Stay tuned on http://igg.me/at/squeezzy/x/2778971


What is Squeezzy Mouse?

It's a wireless mouse inside a stress ball.

 


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Why Squeezzy Mouse?

                                                        No more usual computer mice!

Inside Squeezzy
Squeezzy
The Squeezzy Rechargeable Bluetooth laptop open air Mouse is designed to work with Bluetooth enabled PC (for Mac computers in the future too) and no receiver is required.
With advanced Bluetooth technology, this mouse works up to 33 ft away.
The high performance accelerometer sensor has the ability to detect every movement During gaming or other activities.
Never worry about dead batteries again, this mouse charges while in use.
 A perfect option for travelers and for relaxing moments, the Bluetooth Mouse is lightweight.
Eliminates the need for a separate receiver, works seamlessly up to
33ft away with a Bluetooth enabled PC



Help Remshoot 3.0 become a reality!

The Project Remshoot 3.0

    Our project was initially designed to control few digital cameras as Nikon D50, but it can control many other digital cameras (our focus will be on Nikon and Canon DSLR and Coolpix or Powershot compact series) using the PTP standard, everything depends on the specific functions provided by the camera you own.
Once connected to the USB port on the camera, with the function of discovery capabilities, Remote Shooter 3.0 knows which commands and properties are available. For limited features as Focus&Release combined with Time Lapse, a stereo jack 2.5 port is available. Just buy a cable suitable for your remote control port specific for your camera.
Our goal is selling an flexible, upgradable and open Camera Control, for appassionate and professional at lower price possible!

Main features:
  • Remote Shoot;
  • Time Lapse (interval in sec,repeatition);
  • Shutter Speed Settings;
  • Aperture Settings;
  • Iso Settings;
  • Bracketing on/off;
  • Shake&Shoot (using your android phone accelerometer, could be useful for injuried person);
  • Sound&Shoot (adjustable level using your android phone mic, could be useful for injuried person);
  • Read&Shoot (programmable actions by a simple scripting language)
  • Thumbnail on app of the last shoot
  • USB PTP mode connection for full control (depends on camera)
  • Jack port 2.5mm for simple focus and release control
  • I/O port expansion for external sensor/actuator (eg light sensor or flash,may need a board interface)
  • Wireless firmware Upgrade (many other features on plan)
  • Li-Po Battery rechargeable from any phone microusb power supply
The app on Android or Windows PC, is released in OpenSource, radically extending the usability of the device.
With a language of simple and intuitive controls, you can control your camera.
We use Google App Inventor for Android to create the GUI editable by anyone, so it will be easy to implement custom functions so far unthinkable.
If you have no programming skills, you can write a sequence of commands to a text file, click a button on your smartphone and will be read and executed by the application.
PTP Command.txt
//Script to activate Time-Lapse ,
100 shots, one every 30 seconds

TIMERIP=100.       Set number of shot
TIMEINT=30.         Set interval between shot, in seconds
ENTIMER=1.          Enable Time Lapse

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 Technicality for geeks! :-)
Processor                             PIC24FJ64GB002 16BIT, USB-OTG 8K Ram,16Mips@32Mhz
Program Memory                  64K Flash
Communication                    Bluetooth serial module class2 certified 30ft/10mt coverage
Power supply                        3,7V 750mAh LiPo onboard battery
Size                                    60 x 60 x 25 mm, 50 grams
 
Firmware tested so far on:
Nikon D50 (full features, see video)
Nikon Coolpix AW100
Nikon D90
Nikon D7100
Canon Powershot A300
Canon Poweshot S500



Remote Shooter 3.0 assembledRemote Shooter 3.0 finished

What We Need & What You Get


Hello guys, we Need €16,500 to make RemShoot 3.0 project become reality!
With your help, we'll raise the €16,500 that we need to:
Get the boards CE certified – Regrettably, In Italy this is an expensive process for the certification lab to give us the ability to distribute the product.
Produce the first run of boards – In the past we've been prototyping previous versions through very small but expensive batches of boards.
Develop and test compatibility over a wide range of Digital Cameras (as many possible, but at the beginning our primary goal will be on Nikon and Canon DSLR or Coolpix and PowerShot compact series) 
Today we plan to develop mainly on:
Canon EOS 30D,EOS 40D,EOS 60D,EOS 400D,EOS 450D,EOS 500D,EOS 550D, PowerShot SX220 HS
Nikon D50,D60,D70,D90,D300,D700,D5000,D5100,D7000,Coolpix 7900
If you decide to contribute, please specify which digital camera you have.
After the previous versions based on our Pic-Ap-Board, (that hardware was thought for a wide variety of applications, not only for photography),  we're now reached enough knowledge and ready for starting this new project, RemShoot 3.0. But, the only way to make RemShoot 3.0 reasonably priced for everybody, is to do a reasonable volume production run of the boards. So in our budget plan, €16,500 is the minimum amount we need for Certification, assembly and manufacture of the first run of boards, including rechargeable  LI-PO batteries and the self made resin enclosure box.
If you are a fan of Creative Photography and HI-Tech, we toughly recommend the RemShoot 3.0 Limited Edition at €75 each (Italy shipping included; add 15 euro for International shipping).
With this Kit, you'll get a finished product in a resin, original enclosure box, in one of 4 color at your choice (Red, Black, Blue or Yellow), the board fully tested and programmed with the latest firmware available. Each RemShoot 3.0 kit contains  moreover a rechargeable LiPo battery, with it’s dedicated micro USB port for charging, 1 Bluetooth module to wireless interact with the application on Android devices or a PC running Windows S.O, the app RemShoot for Android, (including source code) , the customized Pc Windows tool to easily upgrading via Bluetooth the board.
Last but not least, we plan to make several upgrades and implement other features to enrich RemShoot 3.0 Project, so it’s wireless firmware upgradable from a PC Windows  via Bluetooth. You can free your creativity with RemShoot 3.0
Developer

 

To make RemShoot 3.0 a reality, go to the crowdfunding Indiegogo campaign http://igg.me/at/remshoot30

 

Impact

You can become one of those people who gave love for creating the best upgradable, flexible and open camera controller . Help us to free your creativity!

Became an actor of this project and let's become RemShoot 3.0 a reality!


FAQ
Italy shipping included; + 15 for International shipping
For International Shipping  you'll need to add an extra 15. How do you add this money? When you select a contribution level, you'll be prompted to enter the total contribution amount just below. Add the 15 to the cost of the reward there. eg second batch november'13 of RemShoot Limited Edition:  75+15= 90
What if I forgot to add the 15 for international shipping?
After the project is funded and we're ready to ship, we'll contact each contributor to confirm shipping details. If you didn't add shipping when you contributed, you can add it then.
 RemShootSupporter gift sample photo:
RemShoot Supporter

PIC-AP-BOARD

La scheda USB PIC-AP-BOARD pronta all'uso.
Prototipo 3d della Pic Ap Board



USB PTP 1.0 P&M Lab 2012


La filosofia con la quale nasce la PIC-AP-BOARD (Pic Auto Programming Board):

Invent:  Crea il tuo progetto
Develop: Sviluppalo e testalo sulla scheda PIC-AP-BOARD
Use: Completalo e usa la stessa scheda PIC-AP-BOARD per il tuo progetto finito

Se ti interessa PIC-AP-BOARD montato e collaudato, completo di display, puoi trovarlo su Ebay Italia
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