Sunday, August 31, 2008

Maya + Python + Arduino + Servo (Part 2)

An update on the previous video. This time I have written a Python Plugin for maya. This makes it now possible for real time (viewport to servo) communication, without the need for dynamic playback. So now it is possible to literally keyframe your servo's position in time and playback it's animation!

A big thank you to John Park for blogging about these Ideas on the Make Blog. Check out what people have to say about it here

Edit: I have made some progress on this technique click here for more info

Saturday, August 30, 2008

It's Here!

Just thought I'd post some pics of my first Spark Fun Electronics order which arrived in the mail the other day. I'm looking forward to testing out these little beauties over the next couple of weeks. The stepper driver board is a microstepper board. That means that it is capable of producing up to 1/8th of a standard step. Now that's precision! Probably too much precision for my application but hey, at $15 USD why not give it a try!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Maya + Python + Arduino + Servo (Part 1)

This is something that has been going around in the back of my head for a while now. It's amazing what you can find online these days. Practically all of the code for this setup is borrowed from other sources. So thanks to everyone who's contributed to this by posting their own projects on the web.

Here are the links to the main contributors:

I will post more details on this project as I get time. I'm am planning to document this whole Idea exhaustively.
This is just the beginning...

If you liked this post, check out PART 2 for some further progress

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Future.....

I'm always skeptical with these kind of "Magic Bullet" presentations. But this one is still pretty cool none the less.

For the full run down on this technology visit: gizmodo

Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene from pro on Vimeo.

Monday, August 11, 2008

My First Stepper Motor Driver Circuit

This is my first successful attempt at driving a stepper motor from an Arduino Card. This has been a relatively cheap project which has taught me a great deal about different types of steppers and how to wire them up. My next project will be using a mini servo. After that, I will move on to a more advanced type of stepper control interface.

Saturday, August 9, 2008