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How to measure pull force on a (kite) rope?

The component you highlighted is called a tensile load cell. You could buy one from a supplier, but it probably would be cheaper to buy a cheap digital hanging scale and taking the sensor out of it - ...
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Arduino or Raspberry Pi?

For interfacing with a camera, I would recommend the Pi. The reason is that the AVR in the Arduino is an ordinary processor, whereas the Broadcom SoC in the Pi was originally designed for multimedia. ...
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What is the difference between ROSberry Pi builds?

Well this is embarrassing. I didn't realize they are in fact different distributions not variants. Also found the page where you can find out more about them: http://wiki.ros.org/Distributions
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Why to combine a Raspberry Pi (or similar board computer) and an Arduino for controlling motors?

The reason is Clock on the Raspberry Pi. Note that the raspberry is powerful but not that powerful that it can run an OS and simultaneously give you precisely timed PWM outputs. I assume that you'll ...
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How to handle power distribution on a robot?

For power management, you can use either a DC/DC Convertor, a linear regulator, or a combination of the two. DC/DC Converter A DC/DC Converter changes DC voltage levels. Three common types are: ...
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Should I use an arduino to control my balancing robot's motors?

If you want to have a good balancing, PID loop timing is very important. Standard Raspberry OS, like Raspbian can't guarantee you any precise timing, so once your loop period may be 10ms, once it can ...
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Are robot's codes usually compiled or interpreted?

Robots tend to be portable devices powered by batteries. Portable battery operated devices tend to use embedded processors with limited power and memory. Compiled code has several advantages over ...
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PID Control: Is adding a delay before the next loop a good idea?

Don't disengage your controller. The purpose of a controller is not only to steer your system to the desired setpoint according to a predetermined dynamical response but also to counteract potential ...
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Arduino or Raspberry Pi?

The only issue with having the off-board controller is that the commands to the quad-rotor might lag, because of 1. range to controller or 2. the complexity of image processing code. With that said I ...
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Need help regarding odometry using Encoder motor and raspberry pi

You could maybe use Matlab to plot the position of your vehicle? This is how I'm trying to do that: I have a 'logging'-program running on the Raspberry Pi that counts each sampling time the pulses ...
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Smart Home Model with Raspberry Pi

Though, there is not much information about your servos let's assume that they consume at least 1A each. This value will probably be higher given that you want to move doors and that requires torque. ...
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Do I need the 5V to 3.3V level shifter?

The Roombots example you posted does not use a level shifter because they are using the Create USB cable to talk to the robot. If you are planning to use this cable, you do not need the level shifter. ...
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Quadcopter controlled by Raspberry Pi

The easiest way to do this would be using UART for serial communication. The CC3D has TX/RX/GND pins which you connect to Raspberry Pi. Now you will need some sort of protocol or data framing to ...
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ROS + SLAM + kinect. which platform to use?

There are several platforms possible, depending on your experience level and needs. If you are comfortable working with the Raspberry Pi or the Beagle Bone... the next step up might be the Jetson TX1 ...
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Nuc, custom pc or raspberry pi?

Edit: With the new information in your post I would highly recommend going for more computing power than you think you need. It is always to have a little extra wriggle room than to be stuck with not ...
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What other equipment or hardwares I should buy along with raspberry pi

First, it is important to understand the differences between the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi. You can read more here and here. The Arduino is a microcontroller. It is a specialized board that ...
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How to access Raspberry Pi over wifi?

To access your RPi over the WiFi, you can use any SSH client like PuTTY. Once you have established a connection between your RPi and computer, then you can control GPIOs through a TCP connection. ...
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Recommended building materials for building a robot WITHOUT 3D printer?

With consideration cheap, strong enough, not ugly and easy to shape, then my recommendation is you can use clipboard. I have seen people win international robotic competition with robot made using ...
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Quadcopter PID Control: Is it possible to stabilize a quadcopter considering only angle measurements?

It is possible to stabilize a quadcopter using only angle measurements in a single loop pid. However it is easier to stabilize a quadcopter using a cascaded PID controller. Yes you are tuning more ...
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Smart Home Model with Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pis can be used for a huge range of things! And I like your idea! Although, you could use an Arduino Pro Micro board as that has everything you need and doesn't have unnecessary items like ...
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Can ROS run on a Raspberry Pi?

Yes. Sure. We've been doing this long time. ROS is not an "OS" and it's not big. It's just "middleware" which runs well in "Raspbian". We just burn with the official ...
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Low power to motors -- motor power jumper issue

I had the same problem with the "Ultimate 4tronix Initio 4WD Robot Kit" - the motors make some noise, but do not start moving. I tried using 8 batteries instead of 6 (for higher voltage on the motor), ...
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What does internal sparking in a motor mean?

If you are using a brushed DC motor, then (hopefully) the sparks that you are seeing are a discharge between the commuter and the brushes--this is normal. Another example of this is evident in certain ...
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Need a pushing mechanism

You could use a rack and pinion as a linear actuator. A simple way of knowing when to stop turning the motor could be a contract sensor/button at the upper and lower position. You could also add ...
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Power solution for Raspberry Pi robot

I would rather use: Two separate voltage sources with ground connected (5V PSU from powerbank + LiPo battery for engines) or One bigger LiPo battery with 5V regulator circuit for logic. But if You ...
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Do I need the 5V to 3.3V level shifter?

I think we need 5-3.3 bidirectional voltage shifter (not for camera) to communicate between raspberry pi and create controller, since serial communication protocols for Create uses 0-5 voltage range ...
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How to check lane departure in OpenCV?

One of the best ways is to use a combination of hough-transform (what you have achieved is nice) and inverse perspective transform (as in http://www.vision.caltech.edu/malaa/publications/aly08realtime....
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iRobot Create 2 -language set error type 2

Scope showed data being sent to the robot. I discovered the console was enabled on the raspberry pi 3 and disabled it; the problem is now resolved. Specifically, run the following commands sudo ...
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Raspberry Pi and Buzzers: Simple solution

For a beginner, it is always best to follow / copy an existing example. Fortunately, a tutorial about connecting a sound device to a Raspberry Pi and parts are available here. Also, there is a ...
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Calculating the resistor for a buzzer

Without a more detailed spec sheet I can't say for sure, but this is my understanding: The buzzer has a self-drive circuit is rated for input 6V max, at which point it will pull 45mA and oscillate at ...
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