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Chela22
(@chela22)
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Hi Bill,

A Project Suggestion for your consideration.

A module for a Robot or RC craft

That is Controlled & Viewed via a custom dashboard (webpage) displayed on a browser on a Smart phone, tablet, etc 

With the following functionality:

  • Stream video ie see what the robot is seeing realtime.
  • Display battery status - eg voltage , current, remaining power % etc
  • Switch onboard lights, relays, sirens etc.
  • Utilise bluetooth & wifi for connectivity. 

I realise:

1. We have apps like Blynk etc but I would like to learn how to do it all without depending on an App with a subscription fee. 

2. There are out of the box RX & TX video kits but they add substantially to the cost of a project.

 

This suggested project would be great for people on a limited budget and it could build on your previous videos eg the ESP32 CAM etc.

Using Platform IO, MQTT for connection and Node RED to create the browser based Dashboard would make the project very affordable and accessible as these are free plus the ESP32 Cam is very inexpensive.

Please consider as it would allow myself and many others on a budget to take our projects to the next level and help transform an expensive dream to an affordable reality.

Thank you

Chela

 


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 Inq
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Posted by: @chela22

With the following functionality:

  • Stream video ie see what the robot is seeing realtime.
  • Display battery status - eg voltage , current, remaining power % etc
  • Switch onboard lights, relays, sirens etc.
  • Utilise bluetooth & wifi for connectivity. 

Bill does excellent videos and has far better "star" appeal, but your request is already available if you're willing to read about it instead of watch it.

My ugly mug is not willing to go in front of the camera, but this whole thread pretty much does your list already.  We are currently on page 12 and this post has the current status and has my poor video talents on display. 

https://forum.dronebotworkshop.com/user-robot-projects/inqling-junior-robot-mapping-vision-autonomy/paged/12/#post-32573

  • It does not Stream video, but @zander can expertly help you adding an independent ESP32 to stream video and really doesn't have to be electronically/software connected to the moving aspects.
  • Does display battery status as a fuel gauge.
  • It's easy to add any lights/relays/etc.  If you need help with a specific example... it's a couple lines of code, add some hardware and bam... ready to rock and roll.
  • It only uses WiFi.  No BlueTooth.  Don't need if for any reason that I can think of.  The WiFi hosts a webserver onboard and uses basic HTML/CSS/JavaScript to do the client GUI, remote control joystick that can drive from any computer/phone/tablet.

Any code, 3D print files, parts lists is or will eventually be on that thread once things are finalized, but if you ask specifically, I can get you pre-published versions.

Price - In that video, that robot as shown has about $25 in parts.  Some pieces are scavenged (laptop batteries)  Some  pieces were purchased in 10pcs when it needs only two.  So total outlay will be higher with pieces left over or with purchases of the exact number.  That includes the price of the 3D printer plastic.  If you have a printer that is.

VBR,

Inq

 

3 lines of code = InqPortal = Complete IoT, App, Web Server w/ GUI Admin Client, Access Point Manager, Drag & Drop File Manager, OTA, Performance Metrics, Web Socket Comms, Easy App API, All running on ESP8266...
Even usable on ESP-01S - Quickest Start Guide


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