Montreal Mini Maker Faire 2014

Montreal Mini Maker Faire 2014

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Went to visit the Montreal Montréal Mini Maker Faire today ! Saw cool projects. Here’s a video I recorded from the event:

Mini ELM 327

Testing the Mini ELM327 OBD II

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This is the Mini ELM327 V1.5 OBD2 II Bluetooth Diagnostic Car Auto Interface Scanner HE.
I tested it and it works very well.
Useful to diagnose your check engine light problems and get a lot of informations about the sensors of your car.

Pascal Guay Space Concordia Astronaut Assistance Rover

Space Concordia Astronaut Assistance Mars Rover Capstone Project

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My final project at Concordia University is over, it has been a great experience working with an interdisciplinary team of software, mechanical, electrical, computer and industrial engineering students! I was responsible of programming the embedded computers on board of the rover. The embedded programming was mostly done in, C++ and C# and the operator user interface was done in .NET / MVVM. The Arduino Mega was used on the robot to interface with the multiple sensors and servo motors along with a Pico ITX board in charge of communicating with the operator’s main computer and streaming the cameras.
Here’s an article talking about it on Concordia University’s website: http://www.concordia.ca/cunews/main/stories/2014/04/01/running-on-ice-snowandmars.html

Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained evaluation kit

New Project and Review for New Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained Evaluation Kit for Robotic Vision Project

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I want to announce that in the upcoming week I will review the new SAMA5D3 Xplained board and try to interface a camera to it in order to give vision to my robots, something I can’t do usually with the Arduino UNO or MEGA alone.
I will surely use the OpenCV library on it and try to interface a robot platform with it.

For more information on the Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained Evaluation Kit, make sure to visit these links:
http://canada.newark.com/atmel
http://canada.newark.com/atmel/atsama5d3-xpld/dev-board-sama5d36-cortex-a5/dp/07X2224?ost=ATSAMA5D3-XPLD
http://www.element14.com/community/community/knode/dev_platforms_kits/sama5d3xplained?CMP=PRR-GLO-14-0003

Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained evaluation kit specifications

Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained Hardware

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Arcade 11 & TAG Open House at Concordia University

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Last week I visited the Arcade 11 & TAG Open House at Concordia University, there were many different experiments involving games and we tried out most of them. It was a fun experience and hoping there is going to be a Montreal Joue festival next year! Here are some pictures and a video of the event:

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Working on an Arm / Stabilizer Prototype for a Mars Rover Robot

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I’m currently participating in the University of Utah Mars Rover competition. I made a small prototype of what an arm or stabilization system could look like on the robot.
Material: three 9G micro servo, one 9 DOF IMU, an Arduino Uno with a Sensor Shield V5.0 mounted on top

Here’s a stabilizer mode instead of an arm mimicking mode, useful to keep certain objects stable while they are mounted on a moving vehicle encountering bumps and obstacles.

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THL W8 Smartphone

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I just received a THL W8 Smartphone. Here are some pictures and video of it.

Unboxing:


Here’s a video sample I recorded with it:

Robot Dog Project

Robot Dog Project

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Here is my current Robot Dog project, the goal is to make it autonomous and do various tasks.
It’s based on an Arduino, I plan on combining a beagle bone to it later.
For now it can only track objects and it has basic movements capabilities.

Robot Dog Project

Galaxy S III VS Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II Display Zoomed 200X in HD Cycling Colors

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Tonight I recorded some cellphones display with my microscope to look at the differences between the pentile Matrix of the Galaxy S III and the Note II non-pentile display.
Here’s the video cycling through red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow and white:

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Quick Video about the STM32F3DISCOVERY

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Here’s a free sample microcontroller I got last month from STMicroelectronics.
http://www.st.com/internet/evalboard/product/254044.jsp 

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