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  • I'm trying to do this with the new Arduino MKRzero so I can have a rechargeable LiPo battery on it pretty easily. Unfortunately it looks like the Virtualwire library only works on certain boards? I've messed with Arduino for a number of years now, but I still don't understand libraries. Can someone confirm if this is possible on a MKRzero?

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  • My thoughts exactly. You can buy an SDR-RTL USB scanner for $20 and can scan most anything. You can buy a Baofeng UV-5R for $25 for a transceiver. you can turn your iphone into an APRS beacon with the Baofeng. I bought a cable that plugs the Baofeng into a standard 3.5mm jack to turn your phone or computer into a APRS beacon. You can do all sorts of cool stuff with it. That is the main reason I would buy the HamShield would be for a homemade weather station, APRS tracker, igate, etc. I just can't justify the price for what you get. If it were in the $20-$30 range I would buy it to tinker with it and see what I could create.

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  • I built one of these back in 2013 using an Arduino Uno and a laptop. The laptop ran a Processing code that analyzed the webcam plugged into the laptop. Then via serial it would tell the arduino where to aim the pan and tilt servos. I used a wide angle webcam since the code I was using required a stationary webcam. My airsoft turret in 2013 was big due to the fact it required a laptop to run it autonomously. This one is almost exactly what i've been looking for.Mine used the same electric airsoft gun that you are using. I took my gun apart to wire directly to the motor to shoot. When I took it apart I realized there was a ton of empty unnecessary space in the gun so I sawed off the fake magazine and most of the handle. The only thing that would make your design better is to print your own …

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    I built one of these back in 2013 using an Arduino Uno and a laptop. The laptop ran a Processing code that analyzed the webcam plugged into the laptop. Then via serial it would tell the arduino where to aim the pan and tilt servos. I used a wide angle webcam since the code I was using required a stationary webcam. My airsoft turret in 2013 was big due to the fact it required a laptop to run it autonomously. This one is almost exactly what i've been looking for.Mine used the same electric airsoft gun that you are using. I took my gun apart to wire directly to the motor to shoot. When I took it apart I realized there was a ton of empty unnecessary space in the gun so I sawed off the fake magazine and most of the handle. The only thing that would make your design better is to print your own basic airsoft gun using only the crucial components. You can make the turret a whole lot smaller if you could do this. I'm slowly learning how to create things in 3D, but I plan on making a 3D model of the inside of that airsoft gun to print the crucial parts necessary to fire the gun. Then I will make a simple small housing for it so I can reduce the turret size to be a lot smaller than using an off the shelf airsoft gun. I have a Raspberry Pi 3 since i'm a huge nerd and like to play with the latest stuff. The Raspberry Pi 3 is a ton faster than the original. What makes this project so cool is that you were able to use only the Raspberry Pi 3 to drive your whole project. This wasn't possible with the original Raspberry Pi since it was too slow and lacked compatibility with many webcams. I've been waiting to see a standalone solution for an airsoft turret like yours. I am going to take apart my old turret and build a new one based off of your code. I will power it off of lithium-ion 18650 batteries to give it plenty of power and make it rechargeable and most importantly completely wireless. Since the Raspberry Pi 3 has built in WiFi I can easily remote connect into it if I had to change anything. It might take me a while to do everything I want it to, but my goal is to have it as simple and as small as possible so I can easily use it in airsoft battles with my friends. Heck maybe I will make multiple turrets and place them everywhere if I can get them small enough to carry.

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