We don’t just do software here at Dataline! I thought I’d briefly share the latest gadget I’ve been tinkering with. You may remember the robot I built for HackFu – I always thought I could do better with the packaging of the controller unit. It was in three pieces, namely the camera receiver, the TV, and the control unit itself:
In a fit of Wii U inspiration, I’ve managed to get all three components into a single, portable enclosure:
There’s a convenient carry handle on the top, handholds left and right, and you operate the sticks with your thumbs. The screen is one of those cheap TVs you get for use in your car.
The AV receiver’s antenna and tuning knob poke out behind one of the hand-holds. It doesn’t get in the way of your fingers, and the tuning knob has fortuitously ended up in a very convenient place:
The antenna will fold through 180 degrees so it won’t catch on anything when you’re not using it. Next to the antenna is the secondary AV input for the display – by changing channels you can switch from the wireless camera feed to an external one. This means you can do things like hook up another Arduino with a Video Game shield and play Tetris:
Things still on the TODO list include:
Alec Waters is responsible for all things security at Dataline Software, and can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org