Author Archives: Glen

Tracking People with the Googly Eyes and OpenCV

In part 1 of this series of posts, we built a giant set of robotic googly eyes. In part 2, we brought the googly eyes to life using an Arduino. In this post, we’ll use OpenCV to make the googly … Continue reading

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Bringing the Robotic Googly Eyes to Life

In part 1 of this series of posts, we built a giant set of robotic googly eyes. Now it’s time to animate them! To keep the project simple, we’ll use an Arduino Uno and a pair of Big Easy Driver … Continue reading

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Build a Pair of Robotic Googly Eyes

Build your very own pair of giant robot googly eyes! These eyes are built from laser cut acrylic panels and motorized using a pair of NEMA-14 stepper motors. This post is the first in a series of three posts. In … Continue reading

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Color Kinetics ColorBurst 6 Teardown

I’ve had three Color Kinetics ColorBurst 6 RGB LED fixtures in my front yard for about ten years now. They’ve survived numerous winter snowstorms and spring monsoons. Recently one of the three fixtures started taking on water and the blue … Continue reading

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Building an Enclosure using SketchUp and 3D Printing

The image above shows two enclosures for a printed circuit board design. These were designed using the inexpensive hobbyist version of CadSoft Eagle and the free maker version of Trimble SketchUp. The free version NetFabb Basic was used to check … Continue reading

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Folding the Six Panel Wall into a Cube

After seeing this cube and this cube, I decided it was time to build an LED cube of my own leveraging the BeagleBone Black and FPGA work I had already done for my six-panel mini video wall. The cube project … Continue reading

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Expanding the BeagleBone Black and FPGA to Drive 6 (or more) Panels

After completing my first BeagleBone Black + FPGA project and tutorial where I drove a single 32×32 RGB LED matrix, I decided it was time to go bigger. The result is the project shown below—a 3 x 2 matrix of … Continue reading

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Driving a 32×32 RGB LED Matrix with a BeagleBone Black and an FPGA

My latest project uses a BeagleBone Black and a Xilinx Spartan 6 LX9 FPGA to drive a 32×32 RGB LED matrix. This project lets me display cool and interesting patterns on a matrix of 32×32 RGB LEDs. That’s 1024 RGB … Continue reading

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Trailview 360° Camera Panorama Viewer

Here’s a screen shot from the proof-of-concept demonstration of my trailview camera javascript viewer: The actual viewer is located here: Panoramic Trail Viewer – Mill Creek Link Be patient. Images are rendered using HTML5 canvases and each panorama is an … Continue reading

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