Tuco Flyer

Streaming video robot on ropes with winches, for my cat

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My cat Tuco co-stars on my electronics and reverse engineering streams, but really, he deserves his own show. This project is a robotic camera for my cat, which will stream on Twitch with interactive control. The robot consists of a moving "flyer" portion with a camera, gimbal, and sensors. Four "winch bots" hoist it around the room on cords, from the top corners.Code and designs at:

  • Computer Vision + Gimbal loop

    Micah Elizabeth Scott10/30/2017 at 05:19 2 comments

    Just barely reached a pretty nice milestone today! With the computer vision object detection and tracking code mostly working, and the new Rust-based gimbal code coming together, I can just barely start to close the loop and start aiming the gimbal based on data from the vision subsystem. Here's some raw footage from tonight's experiments:

  • At last, a Winch Bot prototype‚Äč

    Micah Elizabeth Scott09/14/2017 at 20:58 0 comments

    Finally after a few wrong turns and a whole lot of CAD work, I have a happy little winch that should be able to (with a few friends) move our camera bot around in style!

  • Control loop tuning, first winch close to done

    Micah Elizabeth Scott08/25/2017 at 17:32 0 comments

    I've been a bit light on putting together documentation for this project so far, but the work continues and you can follow along with it on YouTube and Twitch. The archive from our latest stream is embedded below, where we hack on the motor control loop a bit. It was a fun stream with plenty of winching and plenty of catting.

    Happy hacking folks, more detailed updates on the winch soon now that the first one is largely done, and I'll be continuing to stream the work in progress which you can get real-time notifications about via the @scanlimelive account.

  • Latest live stream winching successfully

    Micah Elizabeth Scott07/20/2017 at 21:37 0 comments

    If anyone's curious to see the project's progress in real-time (or skip around, naturally) here's the archive from the latest live stream where we get the winch going using the new motor drivers and power supply.

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jim wrote 05/28/2018 at 16:03 point

Considerations for simplification ---

- Picavet rigging  -
- low tech traditional counterweights for camera stabilization
- Have you considered the vision processing unit - Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X VPU to streamline your system?  
 Vision bonnet for the AIY-Vision system is available!    Myriad X is the industry leader for on-device deep neural networks and computer vision


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ActualDragon wrote 04/05/2018 at 21:43 point

Reminds me of something from make: magazine a while back. Looks awesome!

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zakqwy wrote 08/09/2017 at 15:06 point

Watching this project take form has been an absolute delight.

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Mike Szczys wrote 07/17/2017 at 18:24 point

The best project ideas come from our feline friends.

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