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    Personally, I am working on a Gumstix/PS3-Move-Eye combo. It's not perfect, the FOV is poor (70 degrees?) but the PS3 Eye can be gotten used for dirt cheap and it does upwards of 120FPS under 320x240 or 60FPS under 640x480. Also, the drivers are relatively robust under linux and are in the kernel.

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    Re: Mini WiFi Encoder

    So, is this wifi encoder a plausible option? I don't mean to ask a question already asked, but I haven't seen any recent info on this, and it looks like a better alternative to the ip cameras most people are using.

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    Re: Mini WiFi Encoder

    andrew should be able to provide more insight on this option but this is what I have gathered from talking to him and Elaughlin. First of all not just anyone can get this encoder. It has to be purchased by a company and I think there is a minimum quantity requirment. Also there doenst seem to be very good documentation and support for it. I know that andrew was having trouble getting his to work consistently. I have seen it in operation and it is pretty nice to have if you can handle all of the issues that they have run into. In my opinion it is probably not worth the trouble it would take to get it and make it work. I am sure the people that have them would be able to give you better input though.

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    Re: Mini WiFi Encoder

    I do have one, like Sthmck says. When it works, its great, because we can hook it up to any tiny board mounted camera pretty much. The viewing terminals are not great as it needs to be done through IE or on VLC player right now. Andrew wanted to work more on getting it to be done through a .Net I think he said. That would help on just making it easier to use and view.

    It is an order from China only product right now I believe, and I don't know if trossen will be carrying them yet. I guess when Andrew is back from Turkey he can answer more questions about its availability.

    I do love how I can fit it in anywhere pretty much though...!

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    Re: Mini WiFi Encoder

    [Edit: 2011.07.28: Please note that, with Ty's post below, I will no longer be looking into obtaining these boards.]

    I'm thinking that many of us aren't concerned about the .net compatibility, since there seems to be a fair amount of *nix users here. I'm just starting to familiarize myself with a Linux distribution but, even if I maintain my robotics interests through Windows, I am not interested in .net technology at all. I can't imagine that I'd be the only one to be so inclined.

    I looked into this and received back information on the 29th from a company in Shenzhen, China. With a minimum purchase quantity of 100 I mothballed the idea but, if there's enough interest, I'll look into nailing down pricing along with what it would take for me to get them imported (insurance, red tape, shipping costs, etc.) and then redistributed. "Our" purchase price would be all costs (except my time) divided by 100 - which should still come out below retail, but there's some definite risks. The one that's foremost in my mind is that if you get a bad board, it's probably still going to be yours, as the pricing wouldn't have any built in margin for me to eat a board; I would look into the possibility of returns before hand though. I'm sure there's other issues but, unless there's sufficient interest, I'm not going to look into it. BTW, I would setup a separate bank account just for this in order to collect funds, so as to ensure monies are refunded accurately in a pre-agreed upon manner should the transaction unravel.

    Please IM me by 2011.10.15 if you're interested (yes, that's an arbitrary date, but no sense in prolonging this anymore than necessary).

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    Here, I have a better idea. Why not describe to us, in depth, the nature of it's software stack and I'll f'n making an openembedded profile for it and we'll just build our own, opensource, software stack to match it, and then we can run it on anything or make the software stack better!

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    PM me if you're interested in purchasing one of these. I'll have price details shortly.

    We're probably not carrying them in the store, but I think I can get a small batch out of the manufacturer for our uses.

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    Re: Mini WiFi Encoder

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyberius View Post
    PM me if you're interested in purchasing one of these. I'll have price details shortly.

    We're probably not carrying them in the store, but I think I can get a small batch out of the manufacturer for our uses.
    Are you going to continue using it on Giger, in the future, or look for something better?

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    Re: Mini WiFi Encoder

    Quote Originally Posted by cire View Post
    Are you going to continue using it on Giger, in the future, or look for something better?
    I'm going to move it to my upcoming quad project.

    Giger is getting a full-blown PC, which makes it obsolete.

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    Re: Mini WiFi Encoder

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyberius View Post
    I'm going to move it to my upcoming quad project.

    Giger is getting a full-blown PC, which makes it obsolete.
    I'm not sure that is true. I used a full PC on both squidword and Charlie and had tons of video issues. Course that was several years ago before we knew about the hockey bots nocking out wifi and bluetooth...and I'm not really sure how the Fit compares to the wiibrain or the sony vaio UMPC in terms of wifi antenna...Guess it is just something to be weary of.

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