Mike Cochrane

"Trackview Hex" Part 1

A long overdue update on my "Trackview" setup. After playing around with my previous five camera (4 around and one up) rig for a while I found a few things I didn't like about it. I finally took some time a couple of months ago to start work on a new version. Key Changes 6 cameras around (hence Hex) and one up Dedicated IMU (ArduIMU v3) Dedicated logger (Openlog) Higher voltage... > Read more

LCD12864 128x64 LCD and Arduino 1.x on ATmega328

Recently I've had a few people contact me about my previous post MindKits 128x64 Graphic LCD and Arduino and that the code doesn't compile in Arduino 1.x nor does it work on a normal Arduino, only a Mega So here's the updated version. It compiles for me in Arduino IDE 1.0.1. That was easy.... > Read more

GoPro HD Hero 2 Arduino Control

I finally go around to connecting a logic analyser to the 3D Sync cab/e while connected to a pair of GoPro HD Hero2 cameras and had a look at how the master tells the slave to take a photo. It was different, but not too hard to deal with. So below is how to control it from an Adruino.... > Read more

HD Hero2 and HD Hero latest firmware

It seems a lot of people find there way here looking for info on controlling GoPro cameras with an Arduino. Recently I've been getting a few questions about the HD Hero2 and the HD Hero with the latest firmware. So here's what I know: GoPro HD Hero latest firmware With the latest firmware... > Read more

"Track View" Part 2

"Track View" Part 2

An update to my track view camera project. Camera Sync An important part of the system is having all the cameras taking photos at exactly the same time. The GoPro HD cameras have a "Hero Bus" connector in the back, this is used to connect accessories like extra battery, LCD... > Read more

MindKits 128x64 Graphic LCD and Arduino

MindKits 128x64 Graphic LCD and Arduino

Skip the story, just give me the code. A while ago I purchased a 128x64 Graphic LCD from MindKits with the intention of connecting it to an Arduino. Recently I got around to connected it up in serial mode as per the example code: LCD Arduino PIN1 = GND PIN2 = 5V RS(CS) = 8; RW(SID)=... > Read more

"Track View" Part 1

For ages I've wanted to build a portable "Street view" rig that I can use to image some of the walking/tramping tracks around New Zealand I've ordered 5 GoPro Hero Naked cameras to build a rig similar to the one described on diy-streetview.org/. As an itervalometer I'm using an Arduino... > Read more

Holux GPSlim236 connecting to Arduino

Holux GPSlim236 connecting to Arduino

I recently replaced my Holux GPSlim236 with a Holux M-1000, so I decided to work out how to connect the 236 to an Arduino. Initially I pulled it apart and found the 7 test points on the left of the board. These turned out to be a serial interface, from top to bottom: ? Ground RTS... > Read more

New Website

I have finally got around to building a real website for myself. If you know me, you'll know that I'm not a designer - I'm a developer. I've kept this nice and simple for now. I'm not good at writing content so updates to this site will be intermittent and brief. They will also likely... > Read more

Keyglove

Keyglove

At the end of March I spotted Jeff Rowberg's Keyglove Open Source Hardware (OSHW) project on Engadget an thought "I gotta' make one of them". So when I got a bit of time off work I started. Finding parts I wasn't able to get hold of the Teensy ++ development board in New Zealand so I ordered a... > Read more

6 Surf Lifeguards Live Tracker

6 Surf Lifeguards Live Tracker

Over the past 34 days, 6 Surf Lifeguards have completed the first complete circumnavigation of New Zealand in Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs). Back in December I bumped into team member Ash Matuschka at a Mercury engine maintenance. I'd already checkout out the website and it mentioned live tracking, so I had to ask how it as going to be done - it turned out that hadn't been fully resolved... > Read more

0133 Directory Service

0133 Directory Service

www.0133.co.nz 0133 is a New Zealand's only free to call business directory service. Over the last few months I have worked with 0133 to launch their new public website (built by Jiminy), and to build and launch a new business dashboard. Internally all hosting has been moved onto new servers, internal interfaces rewritten to work at scale and under load. Internal interfaces were also... > Read more