RaspiDuinoRover – (Yet another) iPhone driven moving Raspberry Pi and Arduino rover

Architecture

RaspiDuinoRover is made of three main parts:

  • A Raspberry Pi which receives commands from a remote device through a TCP connection, and sends these commands to an Arduino Uno through an I2C connection. The same TCP channel is used to send back the remote data grabbed from the Arduino Uno about pan and tilt servo positions, camera lighting status and motors current usage. The Raspberry Pi also provides an MJPEG video stream from its camera module.

RaspiDuinoRover - (Yet another) iPhone driven moving Raspberry Pi and Arduino rover

  • An Arduino Uno which receives commands from the Raspberry Pi though an I2C connection, and accordingly drives rover motors (with the help of an Arduino Motor Shield) and positions pan and tilt servos. It regularly gets infos about pan and tilt servo positions, camera lighting status and motors current usage, and sends it back to the Raspberry Pi when asked for.
  • An iOS device which serves as a remote control for the rover. It connects to the Raspberry Pi through a TCP connection, and displays its MJPEG video stream.

The base of the rover is made of a Dagu Rover 5 Tracked Chassis. The Raspberry Pi camera module is mounted on a pan/tilt support with servos, and a lighting feature based on three white LED is added to allow the use of the camera in the dark. It should be possible to replace camera module by a NoIR camera module and white LED with IR LED if you want / need a discreet illumination.

Servo motors, Raspberry Pi, Arduino Uno and camera lighting are powered by a common 5V power line. This 5V power may come from a wall power supply (at least 2A), while the chassis motors have their own power source. It may be possible to make a common power supply for all items, including chassis motors, but this page won’t cover this topic.

Requirements

RaspiDuinoRover needs the following items to be built:

  • A Raspberry Pi.
  • A Raspberry Pi camera module.
  • An Arduno Uno R3.
  • An Arduino Motor Shield R3.
  • Some items listed into “bill_of_materials.ods” file.
  • For server part :

RaspiDuinoRover - (Yet another) iPhone driven moving Raspberry Pi and Arduino rover schematicPython (with Debian / Raspbian : packages “python”, “python-dev”).

  • SMBus library . On Raspbian, install package “python-smbus”.
  • Twisted library. On Raspbian, install package “python-twisted”.
  • MJPEG Streamer (but not the version from raspbian packages, see below)
  • (optionnal) a fresher version of raspimjpeg, see below
  • For iPhone part :
    • An iPhone (or iPad, or iPod Touch) with iOS 7
    • XCode 5.0.x

To help you with the assembly, you may refer to the following files:

  • RaspiDuinoRover.fzz: the global assembly, to open with Fritzing (http://fritzing.org/).
  • CameraLighting.fzz: details for the camera support and lighting assembly, to open with Fritzing.
  • PowerRail.fzz: details for the commond power rails.

 

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