ChromeCast and TrafficCamNZ for iOS – working again 12 January 2017Posted by David Wilson in General.
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Turns out I had an issue with some web hosting and that issue prevented the ChromeCast and iOS integration from working. It’s fixed now. The updated web page has been published with service restored.
TrafficCamNZ Desktop for MacOS Update is in the pipeline 1 December 2016Posted by David Wilson in General.
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Inspired by the new MacBook Pro with TouchBar I’ve added some initial support for the TouchBar in my development version of TrafficCamNZ Desktop for MacOS.
Along the way some other things have been done… including now being able to Command-Click on an image in the main window – this causes the Camera Edit window to display allowing you to get quick direct access to the camera.
The Map screen will now display Traffic data if it is available…
And I may have found and fixed an issue that was preventing iCloud syncing between devices from working – this one needs more testing.
I’m excited about the TouchBar support. If you have any suggestions on what touchbar integration you would like to see in TrafficCamNZ Desktop please let me know – I’ll be keen to see the ideas.
TrafficCamNZ for iOS update coming soon 7 September 2016Posted by David Wilson in General.
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I have news!
I have made some changes to the iOS version of TrafficCamNZ, well fixes really and an enhancement on the Maps view… I’ve got more testing to do… so far things are working out well.
● iOS 10 update
● Map screen will now contain traffic information if it is available ● Added users location button to the Map screen
● Fixed an error where camera GPS position was not saved if updating from current GPS coordinates
● Finally fixed the page scrolling on the main display – it no longer jumps around! ● Camera search is back on the Camera list view!
Using VLC to capture an image from an RTSP video stream 4 August 2016Posted by David Wilson in General.
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This exercise was harder than it should have been.
I’ve got me a shiny new security camera. http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Multi-language-Wifi-Wireless-Camera-IP-1080P-Auto-PTZ-Dome-Camera-DS-2DE2202-DE3-W-3X/32556807980.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.73.cIC8rO
It supports RTSP for streaming the video and audio from the camera to what ever is watching.
The software in the webcam also says it supports snapshots at regular intervals that you can set… after trawling through the menus I haven’t yet figured out how to get the image off the camera to my server.
I could write my own software to pick up the RTSP video stream and grab a frame at regular intervals… but before I do that I wonder if some other clever people have already solution this? see PLAN C.
It’s supported by VLC! http://www.videolan.org
And VLC has a command line interface… so this can be automated with a script. That’s simple stuff. For now what’s important is testing getting the image via the command line and VLC. Let’s just say this took a while to sort out. Web references to older versions of software. Differences between the different platforms that VLC is supported on as well. Anyway, long story short. Here’s the syntax.
/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC -I rc -v rtsp://admin:email@example.com –video-filter=scene –scene-format=png –scene-prefix=CameraImage –scene-path=. –scene-replace –scene-ratio=30 –sout-x264-lookahead=1 –sout-x264-tune=stillimage –vout=dummy –aout=dummy –run-time 5 vlc://quit
3D Printing – Troubleshooting 19 June 2016Posted by David Wilson in General.
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Not much to say – just WOW.
Most useful 3D printing troubleshooting reference ever!
3D Printing with the Jaycar Delta Rostok TL-4100 12 June 2016Posted by David Wilson in General.
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Some tips and tricks to get you up and working quickly…
Tip #1: Assembly instructions
The book that comes with the printer is badly organised and the assembly instructions lacking in places.
The trouble shooting pages at the beginning of the book … you’ll need these later!
And be diligent about the screw sizes that you use. This will save you being caught out later.
When you put the top of the printer together… read, read, and check. Have the angle brackets level with the stainless steel bars, and the top plate on top of that. This will give you an extra few millimetres and possibly save you later driving the print head into the platform.
Watch this assembly video… have it in front of you as you build.
Additionally this web site has some supplemental instructions that are critical to pay attention to. Particularly around the print head and a possible short circuit with the temperature sensor… you may receive it in this condition. When you’re threading the wires around… be sensitive to the fragile nature of these wires.
Tip #2: Firmware update
The web site here has firmware for the printer. It also has a link to the arduino software for loading, compiling, and installing the firmware update.
There is a file called Configuration.h – in this file is a line that you can set the height of the printer. It will likely already be set at 274 (millimetres)… I had to change mine to 270 because I installed the top plate lower that I should have (top plate was flush with the stainless steel bars.
Tip #3: Update EPROM settings
Back to those pages in the front of the instruction manual… one of them says to change a value in the firmware.
Do this on your PC using the Repetier software as shown in the book.
Tip #4: Repetier software
I tried to configure things using the Mac software… and had a particularly hard time. Turns out that the Mac software is very very much out of date and it doesn’t look like a update will be coming out anytime soon. So I’ve recycled an old PC, installed XP (yes… I know)… and I’m driving the printer using that.
Now, being that this is an old PC… when printing there is a message that pops up saying the onscreen display will not be updated while printing… actually it’s a really nice feature that graphically draws the object as it is printing, layer by layer… You can turn ON this feature in preferences… DO NOT DO THIS. if the software says it’s disabled, leave it disabled. I force enabled it and had a 2 hour print blow out to over 12 hours… and the resulting output was horrible. The software struggled to send print commands while it also tried to update the display. Your millage may vary – you can try this at home – you have been told.
Tip #5 : Troubleshooting – hardware
When you turn on the printer and the LCD display lights up… if you see a message at the bottom of the screen like MAXTEMP – look at the front of the book again and it will give you a guide as to what is wrong. If everything is working it should say something like “printer ready”.
Tip #6: Slicers
Using the Repetier software you open .stl files (and probably some other object types). These objects then need to be “sliced” and turned into a string of commands (G-Codes) that can be sent to the printer for printing. As shipped Repetier has two slicers built in. I’ve for the moment settled on using Slic3R with a 0.2 precision. The settings are _mostly_ as specified in the book. Layer height is 0.2 and critically the first layer parameter is 0.35 (this makes sure enough plastic is extruded to ensure the object sticks to the platform),
You can edit some of the other settings later after doing some print tests. Slower printing should give you more accurate results…
I have also been to the Slic3R web site and downloaded the latest version of the slicer, replacing the installed components supplied in the Repetier software.
Tip #7: Calibration 1
I’ve gone through a role and a half of plastic so far doing calibration… it can be a long road.
There are additional calibration instructions at the tech brands web site. http://www.techbrands.co.nz/store/product/tl4100.aspx
Read these instructions. Coupled with the firmware update for printer height and the turning of the three screws to fine tune things… you should get this setup and working in a relatively quick space of time. Make sure that you have some sheets of paper on the platform to protect it from damage. Your end result is to have one sheet of paper under the print head with a little resistance on it when you pull the paper.
There is nothing wrong with the print head being too high an not having your print sticking to the platform. You’ll learn by observing and adjusting.
Tip #8 : Calibration 2
Now you need some test objects to print.
These two are good.
1. 5mm calibration – http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:24238
For me this was a real test as the first 3 x layers printed well. The last two, when I looked really really closely during printing, were extruding too much plastic.
This was fixed by updating that EPROM setting I mentioned above.
2. Lots to test, including overhang: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1621676
This is an object I’ve designed in sketchup. It tests precision and overhang (without support objects).
You can test on this object using different slicers and different precision settings.
As you print each object – document what you did, mark the object with which print number it is so you do not lose track of things.
Tip #9 : not printing?
I had an issue that appeared to be the plastic was not feeding correctly. I had switched from white PLA to black PLA (because I ran out of white). I had been printing mic calibration objects just fine… learning etc… and then I couldn’t print anything… the extrusion would not work.
In the end I determined this was because the nozzle was blocked…
Heat up the head while in the extruder.. and when hot – use the software to retract the plastic as quickly and as much as possible. Remove the plastic, Cut off the end. You need to get that blockage out. I’ve also used a socket set to remove the hot nozzle and poke plastic in the top and pull out the dirty plastic… and using that same trick, push in white plastic left overs and when I observed white coming out the nozzle I new it was clear.
Tip #10 : where do I get this stuff? (AliExpress – wow!)
Good luck, hope that helps.
TrafficCamNZ Desktop for Mac v1.2.7 released 21 January 2016Posted by David Wilson in General.
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A new version of TrafficCamNZ Desktop for Mac has been released and will be available from the Mac AppStore.
● Fixed an image layout issue on the main screen – single pixel per image row/column
● Fixed a possible issue when saving the camera data file
TrafficCamNZ v1.9.8 released 18 January 2016Posted by David Wilson in General.
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A updated to TrafficCamNZ for iOS has been released.
This release includes:
● Fixes some icon imagery
● Bugfix for data import / update
Did you know that you can rotate your iPhone 6+ sideways and the image view will show you two images instead of one.
Resizor 1.0.1 for Mac has been released 18 January 2016Posted by David Wilson in General.
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It is available from the Mac AppStore.
In this release v1.0.1:
• Specified image sizes can be a fraction of a pixel
• A button now reveals in the finder your image directory
• Enhancements to image sizes when saving – images that are x.5 in size are saved as x
• Updated to include support for 3x images
• The file naming convention has been updated to now be imagename[width]x[height]2x.png – 2x, 3x present if applicable
Resizor for Mac – development update 13 January 2016Posted by David Wilson in General.
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There is some important stuff I should be doing and I’ve put that aside for a few hours while I have updated Resizor for Mac.
Resize for Mac is a developer Image resizing tool – you drag and drop your image, perhaps an icon or application launch image, into the picture area – then you get to save the icons or images to a folder. Resize will produce all of the files you have requested in their 1x, 2x, and 3x sizes. The application can be used by anyone who wants images resized as the application will remember the sizes you have requested between launches.
The new features added are for:
• 3x support
• Reveal in Finder – click on the folder in the bottom left of the screen to be taken to the folder location
Behind the scenes I’ve probably exhausted a lot of energy on the NSOpenPanel and related container security. The adventure all started with changing the OK button to Build – that was a single API call. Then I wanted the Build button to be setup with a “keyEquivalent” – meaning that if the directory selected was correct – all the user would need to do is press return. Doing this would be cool [panel.okButton setKeyEquivalent:@”r”];. So that’s not possible – there is no available API for it and I was unable to work my way programmatically through the view hierarchy to find the NSButton. I decided to try my hand at the NSSavePanel – this was cool as it automatically set up the keyEquivalent. Then things came to a halt with the Application Sandbox security as PowerBox didn’t give me permission to save files into the directory. I’ve left a question on the Apple Developer Forums about setting the keyEquivalent and will see what comes of it.
Now I need to get back to my todo list… it is important.