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by Ravenous
Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: The AutoPlane Project
Replies: 40
Views: 32604

Re: The AutoPlane Project

<t>If the software crashes: If you're keeping a normal remote control it's wired to control 2-3 servos for the controls. The autopilot would have its own alternative wiring too.  You could select between the two with a (lightweight) relay so if the autopilot's power goes down the relay clicks off an...
by Ravenous
Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi's and small fuzzy animals. How will you keep them apart?
Replies: 18
Views: 4272

Re: Pi's and small fuzzy animals. How will you keep them apart?

Didn't Scrodinger warn us about keeping pies in boxes? Or something.

But yes, electronics and small animals (including the human sort) don't mix.  We had a pet lovebird which would chew mains cables, until we stopped her...
by Ravenous
Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: The AutoPlane Project
Replies: 40
Views: 32604

Re: The AutoPlane Project

<t>By "Gyroscope" do you mean some kind of true level sensor, or an accelerometer?  The accelerometer doesn't tell you your pitch or bank angles directly, only their accelerations, it needs software integration to maintain a true bank/pitch angle.<br/> <br/> I think you need one big program - you wr...
by Ravenous
Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:03 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: FishPi - automated surface vessel.
Replies: 39
Views: 10020

Re: FishPi - automated surface vessel.

Have a look for the Wave Glider robot boats - by liquid robotics.  Saw it on the news a few months back.

(Fifth attempt to reply to this forum!)
by Ravenous
Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What would you do to get a Raspberry Pi
Replies: 9
Views: 1323

Re: What would you do to get a Raspberry Pi

I'd debug a fifty line BASIC program containing 25 GOTOs.  Yuk!
by Ravenous
Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: There's a time and a date on the front page...
Replies: 177
Views: 32158

Re: There's a time and a date on the front page...

<t>29 February - is this a joke?  The first birthday will be in four years time - so obsolescence will be a quarter of the usual rate for computer equipment?<br/> <br/> Anyway good luck everybody.  (I'll see you in the second batch - there are far too many unfinished projects in my home at the momen...
by Ravenous
Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Weighted Companion Cube case concept.
Replies: 18
Views: 7264

Re: Weighted Companion Cube case concept.

Looks like a Rubik's Cube... (there's another idea)

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