libfreespace and the beagleboard

Hey Beagleboard Community,

Not sure if anybody’s heard about this, but Hillcrest Labs has made a motion sensing device (the Loop) and open sourced the driver. The Loop works out of the box as an air mouse, but the driver allows you to get a lot of different messages like the orientation and angular velocities. Check out the articles:

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/its-bird-its-plane-its-amouse
http://www.prnasia.com/pr/09/09/09631811-1.html

This thing works on the Beagle and is straightforward to get up and running if you follow the build instructions. It just uses autoconf and comes with some examples to play with. I built it natively on the board after getting an Angstrom image up. I figured some of you might be interested in it.

You can find the driver @ http://libfreespace.hillcrestlabs.com/node . The peripheral is pretty solid and if you’re looking for a cool hobbyist project, this might be another fun thing the Beagle can be used with. The driver has bindings for Python too, though I’m not sure how or if it runs on the Beagle.

Neel

Do you have a YouTube video of it up and running with the BeagleBoard to give people an idea of what it is like?

I unfortunately don't at the moment. The examples I ran are pretty
basic though - it's just a console program that prints out some
pertinent messages sent from the device - I just wanted to get it up
and running. The best example I can show right now is a screen shot
of some of the output you get.

http://libfreespace.hillcrestlabs.com/content/motionexampleasync

The driver supports multiple devices as well, so devs can create
applications for multiple users or devices.

Neel

Hey Beaglers,

I have finally had time to demonstrate this stuff via a youtube video. I think there are some cool possibilities with it, especially with the OpenGL capabilities of the beagle.

Check it out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHQdUS0i-nw

Let me know what you guys think.

Neel

Hey Beaglers,

I have finally had time to demonstrate this stuff via a youtube video. I
think there are some cool possibilities with it, especially with the OpenGL
capabilities of the beagle.

Check it out -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHQdUS0i-nw

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHQdUS0i-nw>Let me know what you guys think.

Neel

I think this is pretty neat stuff. Don't recall if I asked you to
give a Lightning Talk [1] on this yet or not. Since you already
recorded a video, maybe we can use that for your presentation and you
can just be on the phone and IRC for Q&A? Would be great to get a
slide or two, but it isn't strictly necessary if there is something
already recorded that we can share. A slide with the project link
seems important though.

This time, instead of messing with WebEx, I'm just going to expect
everyone to download the slides themselves and listen to the
presentation over the phone.

[1] http://wiki.omap.com/index.php/ETechDays_Community_Lightning_Talks