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Old 02-15-2014, 06:57 PM #1
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Thumbs up Radio controlled tripod

So i was planning on taking some video's and photo's tonight of lasers ''Doh'' *like i did in my avarter*

I was thinking about using line diffraction gratings and grid, etc...

Then i thought... wouldn't it be cool to film or shoot this from a distance when the laser is on a remote controlled tripod to level it up and down when for example using the line diffraction grating.

Walking back to the camera and laser from a distance can be a pain in the ''you know what''

I'm sure someone can make one out of RC parts + Tripod.

Would make some nice exposure effect shots for sure for example.

Ball bearings are allready on the tripods.
Some lasers have a jackplug mousetail option... so maybe this can be a option aswell to turn it on and off air wave controlled.

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Hmm, we would need an inexpensive rc car/truck. Take servo for steering for left and right movement. Use drive servo (forward Reverse) for up and down. A slight change of gearing may be required but this should be easily accomplished! Wow you are giving me lots of ideas. We could use another motor to make a remote control auto focus as well! Omg this can be done extremely cheap! Greeting from the loonie bin!
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Omg , I was starting to draw it out taking apart a small rc car I have here and that's just about right! LMAO More pics please! Need them ! lol
I would however put 360 degree swivel connectors on the wires so there is complete unending circular motion, but that's me! lol
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Rather than ripping apart an RC setup, it might be easier to just buy/construct a nice pan/tilt/roll setups (2) and then hook the controls to a microcontroller + XBee wireless transmitter. Then hook the other XBee to a microcontroller or computer and control it from there.
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Well, I could pick up a very cheap rc vehicle with remote for less than 20.00 . If I got two I could even rig auto focus and auto on as long as I had two channel controller. I cant see this costing more than 50.00 complete. Pan tilt roll chummy is like 500.00 . Lets make it cheaply and buy expensive lasers is the name of the game! Anyone can just buy it ! lol A Newfoundlander makes due with what is on hand and cheap. See my thread Modding A Cheap Tripod into a Laser Holder and sont laugh at me too much! lol Regards from the loonie bin !
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I have already done this with a 1W 445 laser. The premise of the experiment was to build a XY laser pointer that can pop specific coloured balloons. I used a webcam to find the position of the balloon then send the XY laser pointer the position, move the pointer to that position and fire when the computer tells it to.

I might make a thread on it and try to polish the code up so others can use it.

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Excellent! We could also make it blue tooth controlled too!
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