Sunday, April 20, 2014

miniBloq + RedBot + OpenCV + Free tutorials!

As many of you already know, we started a collaboration between SparkFun and miniBloq at SparkFun's Hacker-in-Residense Program during last February. There, we integrated some of the SparkFun's sensors and boards with miniBloq. Among the new supported hardware are the RedBoard and the RedBot's board. Finally, I wrote a new tutorial (thanks Linz Craig for the edition!), which you can download from SparkFun Education's website. Also, here are the direct links for both the PDF and the ODT (LibreOffice) documents:

PDF: https://cdn.sparkfun.com/assets/4/2/9/b/2/HIR2014.miniBloq.RedBot.RedBoard.en.pdf
ODT: https://cdn.sparkfun.com/assets/1/a/f/1/0/HIR2014.miniBloq.RedBot.RedBoard.en_1.odt

Among other things, there is an activity to take advantage of the Python interpreter now shipped with the v0.82 miniBloq version, to use OpenCV to track a color object, and thus control the robot remotely (using XBee, or Bluetooth) as a virtual joystick:
As always, all the code for the examples is packaged inside the _examples folder in miniBloq's official distribution.
Feedback is welcomed!

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