VR Robot Control Idea

A while back I had this idea to display multiple ESP32-Cam feeds in VR relative to where the cameras are on a robot. Even moving the feed in VR if the camera if the camera is on a pan/tilt base or arm. Putting other data in VR could be done too, like range data from ToF sensors (i.e. SparkFun Qwiic Mini ToF Imager – VL53L5CX – Multizone ranging output sensor.) Maybe combine the picture and range data too.

Recently I ran across a project with a similar idea but with a panoramic 360 camera in VR space. In an update, they say “I like the VR view, but the resolution is just plain crap…”, referring to the 360 camera feed I think. Then they go on to say they will try multiple cameras projected on multiple cylinder segments in the future. I’ll have to keep an eye out for updates.

At a KitsapCREATE meeting last Friday, I was talking to a member about their robot and they mentioned another VR related idea. Stereo cameras on a pan/tilt controlled by a VR headset with a foam dart launcher on a separate pan/tilt controlled by joystick. They talked about switching one of headset’s eye views to a camera on the launcher. I showed them the other project on my phone and mentioned my idea too. I thought maybe a line in VR showing the launcher’s orientation would be cool too.

I was just wondering if using stereo cameras could be fed to the related eye in a VR headset to help with depth perception but still the cameras feeds be shown in relative position in the VR space. I don’t think that would work out too well, but maybe, if something can process the feeds fast enough, 3D data could be fed into the VR space.

CNC router idea

PrinterBot CrawlBot but with a plastic sheet that goes from one end of the sheet to be cut to the other end, over the carriage. Then has a vacuum on one side of the carriage for cleaning and pulling the carriage down to the sheet being cut. Maybe the exhaust of the vacuum blows from the other side of the carriage to help with cleaning.

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