3D-Printed Raspberry Pi Skycam for Drone-Free Aerial Video #piday #Raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi
Neat skycam project from Brook Drumm (founder and CEO of printrbot) on Make
Building a robot from scratch has been a dream of mine since I was very young. In fact, I have a few robot kits sitting in boxes in my garage right now — but I just couldn’t get excited about a line-following robot or a simple tank. I just like doing things differently and attacking problems from a fresh perspective.
My Skycam is a little robot that travels on a rope or string, can turn corners, and even has a little camera with pan and tilt. The whole thing can be controlled from your phone or any browser — and it even streams live video.
This project was born out of the desire to make a robot that I can control from my phone. I had recently been playing with the Raspberry Pi and Google Coder, a neat bit of software that teaches the basics of web development. Using Coder, I was able to control an LED from my phone, so I knew controlling other hardware was possible. I enlisted friends to help me over the hardware and electronics hurdles, so I don’t deserve full credit, but that’s the beauty of the maker movement — a rich community of people ready to help!
My dream has come true. I built a robot. Not just any robot, but one that rides a monorail of string in the sky, streams video, and is remote-controlled from my phone. I love being a maker.
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