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A compact photodetector for serial comms to a robotic pano rig

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While developing a robotic camera rig for panoramas, the need for a photodetector mounted above the camera Print button arose.

The sensor had to allow the button to be operated and be unaffected by bright, ambient light.

The solution is shown below.


A surface-mount photo-transistor is mounted in an aluminium tube that fits inside an O-ring.
The O-ring attaches to the camera with double-sided tape.
The tube is connected to the O-ring with resilient black vinyl material so that the Print button may be operated.
The electrical connections are to two gold-plated sockets spaced 2.54mm apart.
« Last Edit: 07 / July / 2009, 19:43:35 by Microfunguy »

Re: A compact photodetector for serial comms to a robotic pano rig
« Reply #1 on: 20 / July / 2009, 18:15:07 »
Interesting! Any progress on serial comms?

Re: A compact photodetector for serial comms to a robotic pano rig
« Reply #2 on: 20 / July / 2009, 18:45:22 »
Interesting! Any progress on serial comms?

Yes, it is working fine.
It is a very simple method, it just sends three bytes twice.
The receiving device can acknowledge it has received the bytes correctly but does not have to.
The uBasic command 'send_data a,b,c'  is used.

Someone is working on a far more sophisticated serial comms feature that is faster, has extensive error-checking and allows a master camera to talk to a slave.

Re: A compact photodetector for serial comms to a robotic pano rig
« Reply #3 on: 20 / July / 2009, 19:13:10 »
Interesting! Any progress on serial comms?
Someone is working on a far more sophisticated serial comms feature that is faster, has extensive error-checking and allows a master camera to talk to a slave.

Is anyone working on unlocking the serial console built into firmware?


Re: A compact photodetector for serial comms to a robotic pano rig
« Reply #4 on: 20 / July / 2009, 19:18:39 »
Is anyone working on unlocking the serial console built into firmware?

I do not know of anyone doing that.

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Re: A compact photodetector for serial comms to a robotic pano rig
« Reply #5 on: 24 / July / 2009, 09:24:02 »
hi david,
i hacked a moving light rig for panoramas myself, see here
[noembed]http://vimeo.com/5552505]moving camera head[/noembed]
its just a proof of concept, didn't take a single picture with it yet.

to my question, whats the purpose of your photo sensor hack?
do you want to use it for detecting when a shot was made?
can you control the print led at sufficient intervals to pass more info?

« Last Edit: 24 / July / 2009, 14:36:42 by yair »

Re: A compact photodetector for serial comms to a robotic pano rig
« Reply #6 on: 24 / July / 2009, 09:37:00 »
i hacked a moving light rig for panoramas myself, see here


Very nice !
I know someone who will be very interested in this, I will send them the details.

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whats the purpose of your photo sensor hack?

Someone making a robotic head similar to yours wants to send the zoom position and parameters entered into a script to a Picaxe.
Picaxe will then know how many photos to take and how many rows, etc.

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can you control the print led at sufficient intervals to pass more info?

You can pass three bytes of information with each 'send_data' command.

I am just finishing the documentation but require certain information.

You should have received an email from me earlier.


David


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Re: A compact photodetector for serial comms to a robotic pano rig
« Reply #7 on: 24 / July / 2009, 09:48:25 »
waiting for the documentation, microcontrolling chdk is the way to go!

btw. yes, i [just saw] received your email and will act on it asap.
btw2. do you know why i seem to show the vimeo video twice? i used
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[url=http://vimeo.com/5552505]moving camera head[/url]


Re: A compact photodetector for serial comms to a robotic pano rig
« Reply #8 on: 24 / July / 2009, 10:45:29 »
do you know why i seem to show the vimeo video twice?

According to acseven, you have to place the link between [ noembed ][ /noembed ] tags.

Who makes these 'moving light' devices ?


David

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Re: A compact photodetector for serial comms to a robotic pano rig
« Reply #9 on: 24 / July / 2009, 12:09:25 »

 

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