New! - a sneak preview from within our development lab
It's a 360 degree multifunctional programmable sensor that has a bundle of cool features for sensing for your Maker, Robot and Kinetic art type projects - including:
- 360 degree proximity sensing for robot or maker projects using Arduino or similar
- ambient light sensing
- Sony SIRC remote control transmit and receive
- Interface via serial to microcontrollers
- 3D / 360 degree HID sensor
The product is planned to be launched soon - after we have done some more testing! Detailed pre-release documentation can be found under the following heading:
If you would like us to keep you informed on the product launch or would like to purchase a pre-production version just fill in the registration form -> here
The sensor is designed to fit onto micro sized robots (50mm x 50mm) where 360 degrees of proximity sensing, ambient light sensing and basic inter-robot communication is required, such as robot swarms, robot research, robot gaming and robot sumo competitions Nano Quads.
The sensors is also packed with two ambient light sensors (for light tracking experiments or line following) and IR remote control functionality so it can can read and transmit Sony SIRC IR control signals. This also allows you to take remote control of your robot (or any other device) using a TV controller (must be Sony SIRC compatible) or why not perhaps use it for inter-robot communication during gaming. See more details here
Plug the sensor into your Arduino, Teensy, PICAXE, Basic Stamp or other microcontroller project, to add a 360 degree proximity sensing functionality including , ambient light sensing and IR remote controller to your projects. Experiment with 3D graphic control, control of servos, gaming and experimentation of kinetic art, etc.
Yes! we are developing interfaces to use the sensor as a 360 degree / 3D HID type of mouse ! Proof of concept is now completed (see videos). We are taking this now further and also trying to finalise development of gesture sensing applications - but there is still a long way to go to.
Plug the IRCF360 sensor into a Teensy2 to enable 3D mouse, joystick, keyboard interface to your Arduino projects. The Teensy2 can be configured as a USB device such as mouse, Joystick, keyboard which allows the sensor to control your PC or Mac ....adding new dimensions to your projects.
So how does this work?...By moving your hand over the sensor the direction and distance of your hand / fingers are sensed and translated into values within the Teensy2.....
Mouse emulation interface
Sensing directions are translated to mouse directions. This is programmed into the Teensyduinon - sketch using the Mouse.move (x, y) USB mouse command ; e.g. configurate of the keys WASD to control online or Massive Multiple online (MMO) games - engine / speed control is achieved by mapping mouse or keyboard keys to the distance readings from sensor.
Joystick emulation interface
- 32: Buttons
- 6: Axis (X, Y, Z, Rotate Z, Left Slider, Right Slider)
- 1: Hat Switch
It's easy to develop cool java scripting based graphics programs using the FREE development environment from processing.org and Arduino. Processing is free and opensource and really a great way to learn about programming and interfacing.
Using Arduino or MAX232 serial interface to a PC the sensor can control your java and processing sketches. Examples are: