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help wanted!
« on: January 25, 2010, 07:02:37 PM »
Do you have a rock crawler with 1st person video onboard?
If so give me a shout.
I need to inspect the floor joists under my house & decide what I need to do insulation-wise. I plan to run the crawler/cam around in the crawlspace & check it out.
I'd be willing to pay for your time, but am on a fixed income so be gentle!
Contact me @ skorski_8@hotmail.com
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Re: help wanted!
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 10:48:21 AM »
I could offer a grilled cheese & soup lunch. Bring a slo-stick & fly afterwards!
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Re: help wanted!
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2010, 02:22:15 AM »
Hello Skorski,
There are only two people I know on this forum that have a true FPV setup and both of those are on airplanes; that would be PMA and Flying_fox.  Dylonius has a Traxxas car and a he mounts a high def camera to it, but you can't see the video while he's recording.. its only after he connects his camera to his PC that he gets to see the video.

Its a great practical use of FPV though.  I've crawled under my in-laws house several times.  Not a place you want to be if you have claustrophobia or you don't love spiders and/or mysterious wet things
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Re: help wanted!
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2010, 02:31:10 AM »
It's not a crawler, but I have a monster truck that I bought my son for Christmas that might work.  As Kerbob said though, it doesn't have FPV, but it might not be too hard to hook up someone else's wireless camera, Flying fox's maybe.  Not sure how removable it is from the Easy Star airframe though.  Somehow there's got to be a way to make it work. 

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Re: help wanted!
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2010, 03:02:32 AM »
if someone has the vehicle I'm willing to supply the camera and video rx and a screen to watch live... we can make a mount on the vehicle for camera in a fixed possition... we have done this out at ORNL.. I will be mounting system shortly on the UAV...

email me with ideas...


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Re: help wanted!
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2010, 07:35:32 PM »
I'll donate a 12 pack to this endeavor cause this is starting to sound like something that I don't want to miss.  :laugh:
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Re: help wanted!
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2010, 11:14:52 PM »
Valkyrie,
Due to an allergy....I hope you mean a non-alcoholic beverage!

I kinda put this out there not because i'm claustrophobic, but I see a need for a homeowner to inspect their crawlspace without getting in there in person.
I personally spent many enjoyable hours in the pursuit new cave passages, so i'm ready to do the grunt & crawl, unfortunately i'm nowhere as healthy or nimble as I was 30 years ago!
It would be like a recon as to how much insulation will be needed and a chance to inspect a suspect portion of my floor joists.
And I thought that bringing R/C into the process would be a fun way to accomplish the task.
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Re: help wanted!
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2010, 11:24:29 PM »
PMA,
My first thoughts on this would be to "keep it simple" ie: fixed camera position with a flashlight lighting things in front of the camera. The vehicle would have to be turned to pan side to side.
 Maybe a servo to tilt the camera/light up/down to accomidate irregular ground.
I thought a transmitting camera would allow live view in case something  shows up that needs a closer or a diferent angle looksee.
ORNL huh? What division?
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Re: help wanted!
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2010, 03:27:53 PM »
Mike,

I'm a private contractor who ORNL/DOE has hired the last 2 years for there UAV project.. It came about with my UAV experience oversea's flying the Hermes 450....  We can make this work,,, who has the truck ?  Tim... break out the good stuff  !!!  Im in on the 12 pack !!!

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Re: help wanted!
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2010, 03:48:09 PM »
I have some material for fabricating a mount (lite ply or aluminum sheet)
Not great quantities but enough to experiment with.
And a few extra servos.
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« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2010, 04:41:11 PM »
Like I said, I have a monster truck that should work, assuming the ground isn't too rough.  It's not a rock climber, or a 4x4, but still gets around pretty darn well.  Without the body on it it should be very easy to attach a camera mount to it.  Let me know!

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« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2010, 09:08:58 PM »
Eric,
You're on! This'll come together somehow.
Maybe something that could find a market?
Mike.
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« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2010, 09:18:26 PM »
yep use 2 radio's one for the vehicle and the other for camera.. make a 2 way camera mount.. already have some  of it designed in my head.... use a servo on a channel with a knob and use that for pan and then work on a way for tilt.. still working ...need more of that 12 pack....

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