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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses23 days ago
    Radar Glasses

    I just downloaded the code I posted at the end of Step 12. I am using Arduino IDE version 1.8.7. I created a directory and re-compiled the code. It compiles with no errors. So this means your installation is missing something and it is impossible for me to tell what that is. I cannot remotely diagnose your problem with the installation. I usually tell a student or a coworker when they have a problem like this to try creating separate programs that use each of the features/sensors in the program. The example programs that are provided by each vendor (in this case, Sparkfun and Adafruit) should compile and run for you. If each of them can be compiled then my software should as well. Again, my code compiles so something has to be different between our installations. You will have to keep t...

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    I just downloaded the code I posted at the end of Step 12. I am using Arduino IDE version 1.8.7. I created a directory and re-compiled the code. It compiles with no errors. So this means your installation is missing something and it is impossible for me to tell what that is. I cannot remotely diagnose your problem with the installation. I usually tell a student or a coworker when they have a problem like this to try creating separate programs that use each of the features/sensors in the program. The example programs that are provided by each vendor (in this case, Sparkfun and Adafruit) should compile and run for you. If each of them can be compiled then my software should as well. Again, my code compiles so something has to be different between our installations. You will have to keep trying until you find out what that is.

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses25 days ago
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    I'm assuming that this line is at the top of the code:#include <Adafruit_DotStar.h>If it is then, have you included the library for it?Sketch -> Include Library -> Manage LibrariesSearch for DotStar and include the library from Adafruit.Also, make sure you have the library from Sparkfun for the Distance Sensor.

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses26 days ago
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    I have not written it yet. I added the beeper but haven't had time to write the software yet. When I mentioned the beeper I wrote: "I was going to add software". I'll post the software if and when I get it working.

    There is only one file for the software and it is at the end of Step 12 (there is a download button)

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses27 days ago
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    It's posted in the Instructable at the end of Step 12. It is the .ino file.

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses4 weeks ago
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    I don't understand what you are asking me...can you clarify?

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses4 weeks ago
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    I've recently added a piezoelectric beeper. I was going to add software so it warns of a fast moving object. My plan is to look at the changes (the derivative of the signal). Instantaneous changes would be like when an object is first detected and require no beep. After that, rapid falling distance would mean an object coming closer and would require a proportional beep. How's that?

    I've recently added a piezoelectric beeper. I was going to add software so it warns of a fast moving object. My plan is to look at the changes (the derivative of the signal). Instantaneous changes would be like when an object is first detected and require no beep. After that, rapid falling distance would mean an object coming closer and would require a proportional beep. How's that?

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses6 weeks ago
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    I learned how to program the M0 by following the directions on Adafruit's Learning site. https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-trinket-m0-ci...I don't know how to help unless you can be more specific.

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses7 weeks ago
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    Are you trying to program it using C/C++ or Python? Will it just not load?

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses2 months ago
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    Hi. I've had good luck indoors using the sensors on the glasses. But yes, outside they don't work really at all. In the shade, looking at some bushes they seemed to work. But when I turned my head to look away from those bushes, they just seemed to act like there is something at the closest distance limit. Years ago I made an IR communications system for my work (1995?). It worked great indoors and I could get up to 120 feet transmitting 9600 bps (if I remember the rate correctly...maybe it was 1200). When I tried to use them outside the sensor saturated so it could not detect the modulated IR pulses. By using a toilet paper tube (I swear...a moment of inspiration) on the receive sensor, I could get it to work outside up to 40 feet but only if the receiver wasn't facing the sun. You tri...

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    Hi. I've had good luck indoors using the sensors on the glasses. But yes, outside they don't work really at all. In the shade, looking at some bushes they seemed to work. But when I turned my head to look away from those bushes, they just seemed to act like there is something at the closest distance limit. Years ago I made an IR communications system for my work (1995?). It worked great indoors and I could get up to 120 feet transmitting 9600 bps (if I remember the rate correctly...maybe it was 1200). When I tried to use them outside the sensor saturated so it could not detect the modulated IR pulses. By using a toilet paper tube (I swear...a moment of inspiration) on the receive sensor, I could get it to work outside up to 40 feet but only if the receiver wasn't facing the sun. You tried something similar with no luck...I'm sure these time-of-flight sensors are fast...faster than my old IR system.I have seen another Instructable that used sonar for glasses for the blind. That was what I was going to initially try. I'm glad I didn't as someone has already gone to the trouble of building them (I hate re-inventing the wheel). But that may be the best approach for outdoors. But they won't be very directional. Using a very short wavelength RF signal (like 10 GHz) you might get better resolution but, I think wearing a microwave transmitter on the head would be bad in many ways. So, again, sound might be better for outdoors.Again, inside I'm having good luck with the sensor. I'm using Sparkfun's library and not trying to implement the manufacturers supplied code because both Sparkfun and Adafruit have wrap them up as libraries/objects.Are the eBay boards really using the same sensor? Sound like a dumb question but I wonder about knock-off parts these days (I have encountered a few). Just wondering.

    It's hard to believe I didn't put a diode on that motor. Thanks!

    Wow, that is funny about using a toilet paper tube. At this moment the glasses are set for 2 meters to 50 mm and again, inside they work fine. I am making software changes so that the vibration level is adjustable and the distance set point it set by cycling through button presses. I am adding a piezo beeper so maybe you could let out a chirp for a fast approaching object. I'm not sure how well it will work but I'm giving it a try.I agree about the sonar sensors being big and bulky as well as their inherent low resolution. That's why I looked for something else. I was thinking about making a larger pair that looked like Geordi's goggles on Star Trek TNG. I doubt that would be universally acceptable so something more discrete like what you are doing might be better.

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses3 months ago
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    Thanks. I agree. I hope a future prototype has the glasses free to look through or is just something to add to regular glasses.

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses3 months ago
  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses3 months ago
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    I'll think about adding something. Thanks again!

    The CPU speed and communications speeds are far far slower than say a cell phone. A lot of research has been done in this area. But I think a comparison against existing electronics is fair and this set of electronics generates far lower frequencies than many other devices we are exposed to.

    You are correct. But most people know what RADAR is and few know what LiDAR is. I wrote software to process LiDAR data to create 3D raised relief maps of the earth and I have given several talks about it to engineers and many of them didn't know what LiDAR was. Maybe as more applications of LiDAR make it out into the world it will enter common use. But, for now, I thought people would 'get' the title. I wondered if it was "Walking LiDAR' or 'LiDAR Glasses if people would have clicked right past it.But again, you are correct. And such a small time of flight sensor is just so cool. I still keep finding things to use it for. Thanks!

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses3 months ago
  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Radar Glasses3 months ago
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    Thanks for your comments. I do understand what we are doing. My friend Andrew at work is the person I originally did this for. He has lost sight in his right eye. In his case, I think (and he thinks so too) that his brain will adapt to the vibrations. He'll just instinctively know that something is on his right side just as we might with peripheral vision. Andrew is quite young too so he has time to adapt and his brain is still much more pliable than an older persons brain...not impossible for an older person but, it does get harder as you get older.I'll update the page as software changes are made and hardware. I have 3 blind people who are going to test this device. It really is just a prototype. My wife agrees with you and so I am going to make the first actually printed circuit boar...

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    Thanks for your comments. I do understand what we are doing. My friend Andrew at work is the person I originally did this for. He has lost sight in his right eye. In his case, I think (and he thinks so too) that his brain will adapt to the vibrations. He'll just instinctively know that something is on his right side just as we might with peripheral vision. Andrew is quite young too so he has time to adapt and his brain is still much more pliable than an older persons brain...not impossible for an older person but, it does get harder as you get older.I'll update the page as software changes are made and hardware. I have 3 blind people who are going to test this device. It really is just a prototype. My wife agrees with you and so I am going to make the first actually printed circuit board version so that it works with a pair of real glasses. I can do better with my 3D printed design but, let's face it, a set of frames-only has to be cheaper and easier than trying to do it with a 3D printer.Thanks again for your comments. Again, I'll be posting changes.

    I'm not sure. But it's a great idea!

    Thanks! I hear they finally have 'RADAR' on newer cars that do the brake thing. But I agree that the sensor may have far more applications than the manufacturer realizes.

    Wow. Thanks! I hope it does help others. Seriously, thanks!

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Peripheral Radar for the Visually Impaired 4 months ago
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    Thanks! I think it is helping him. It will be easier when this smaller version is on his glasses.Sorry to hear about your trouble. I'll be posting another Instructable as soon as I can about another device to help with this. So keep a look out. It might be more of what you'd like. Email me if you want to see a picture of it. tpsully and that's using gmail.com. I'm happy to help if I can. Thanks again!

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Hummingbird Detector/Picture-Taker4 months ago
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    Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Peripheral Radar for the Visually Impaired 4 months ago
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    I’ll see what I can do!

    My plan is to design a board. But, we’ll see. Time is always the enemy. But I agree it could get even smaller. Right now we’ll see how it works and if we need to change anything. Thanks!

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  • tpsully commented on tpsully's instructable Hummingbird Detector/Picture-Taker7 months ago
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    Well I started the project a year ago in winter when there were no birds. So I found a few you tube videos of hummingbirds and recorded those sound. That’s what I used to get the software going.

    Thank you!

    Thanks. We seem to get our one species of hummingbird in my area of New England. I wish I also got yours...I'd love to get photos of that little guy! I also think you could make one...maybe a local nerd in your area could help. But, I'll keep posting pictures of what we get this year. Thanks again!

    Thanks! I hope it interests some kids. I'll bet somewhere out there is a young person who could take this a lot further than me.

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