Introduction: MrRobot - Ubuntu Mobile App Enabled Robotics( Raspberry Pi and Arduino Involved)
Project MrRobot is an Ubuntu Mobile app enabled Robotics which has the feature of voice, touch and shake control to interact with the Rapiro robot. This project is done within 28 hrs in Ubuntu Shenzhen Hackathon by our team E-minors. All the code is onpensourced and the arduino based Rapiro robot is opensouced as well with their code and 3d construction which means you could 3d print the part and build one yourself!!!
Our instructable lead you through the whole process of :
- how to deploy the code from Ubuntu Sdk to mobile
- learn how the intergrate with wit.ai voice and text recognizable intelligent API to build a voice controlled ubuntu mobile app.
- how to implement a server on raspberry Pi to listen messages from app through web socket.
- some tips within the ui design
Software Tools required
- Ubuntu QT sdk
- Pi with Raspbian
- Arduino IDE (if you wanna build the robot yourself)
- wit.ai API
Step 1: Project in Brief
the app has using 3 kinds of interactive methods. The first is touch screen which can allow user to directly touch the GUI to control the robot. Secondly, The API of accelerometer can detect serval movement like shake, that can also triggered some acts from Rapiro. On the bottom of the UI you can see a touch button which is the voice control button. Once you touch the button it will start to record the audio and you need to tap it when you finish the recording.
Step 2: Install Ubuntu QT Sdk and Deploy the Code on Ubuntu Phone
have a look of the detail news on our github channel.
Step 3: Install a Web Server on Your Pi
Using wifi dongle to get on local wireless network
Download the codes
Setting on boot startup adding a shell command at rc.local
# Print the IP address _IP=$(hostname -I) || true if [ "$_IP" ]; then printf "My IP address is %s\n" "$_IP" python /home/pi/RapiroWithRaspi/server.py & fi
Step 4: Hardware Construction
Disassemble the head of the Rapiro and carefully attach the Pi onto the plate of Papiro and plug in the audio wire and the wifi dongle.
Step 5: All Done, Try Hello World!
Step 6: Additional Info
- wit.ai implement process in detail
- positioning skills in ui design
Finanlly, sincerely thanks for the help from Ubuntu staff team through the hackathon. The whole process is well organized and we got abundant both food and tech supply. We all impressed by the simple process of the Ubuntu Mobile development and really enjoy it.