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Engineering by an anime nerd

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PSA: Kept You Waiting, Huh?

Yah…it’s been quite a long time since my last post. A lot has happened since June: I graduated from RPI, moved to Kingston, NY, and started working at a company with a focus with motor control circuitry and power electronics, which I honestly did not expect. But enough about my long hiatus, now it’s time to talk about new blog updates, and when you guys can start seeing new posts.

First things, first: projects. I cannot believe I’m saying this, but my face tracker project will have to be cancelled, due to my lack of Open CV coding knowledge. I feel embarrassed cancelling this project, since this is the third project I will cancel on this blog. HOWEVER, I am working on a power electronics project, which is 70% finished (I just need to buy some parts and to test the project).  I will talk about this power electronics project on the blog very soon.

Second thing: categories. Now that I’ve been given a stellar electrical engineering education, I will be writing basic electronic posts. These posts will not only give you a premier on basic electronic parts, but more in-depth topics to consider.  Although I talked about the PIC18F here on the blog, I was introduced to the dsPIC30F family of microcontrollers quite some time ago. In other words, I will no longer be writing microcontroller tutorials on the PIC18F but rather on the dsPIC30F.

So when can you guys start seeing new posts? Right now, I am devising several new posts as we speak. I would say December 2nd. I will publish new posts once a week so that way it will not affect work life.

If you guys still want to hear what I’ve been doing, then visit my Twitter page. Here I will be posting some cool engineering projects I’ve found, as well as the projects I’m currently working on. Again, I apologize for the long hiatus, and expect some new content soon!

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Projects: Face Tracking Turret Update #2

Hey guys! I finally have some time to update the blog. So, I figure today’s blog post will be an update on my face tracking turret project. In my last post, I mentioned I ran into some difficulty with figuring out a way to implement the image tracking in Matlab.  However, I ran into an article that will jump start this project.


In an article posted by Sparkfun, they implemented a face tracker using Processing, an open source programming language developed by the folks who worked on the Arduino. The interesting thing is that there is an Open CV library, in Processing. For those who do not know, Open CV is an open source computer vision library that can be implemented in C++, Java, Python, and even Android. I’m 100% certain I will be utilizing the Open CV library for this project.

As for the decision to go with the USB missile launcher or the water pump, I decided that the only way to decide is by buying the USB missile turret and reverse engineer it. In other words, I will take it apart and learn how to control it using the Arduino. If it is possible to control it using the Arduino, then I will use the USB missile turret. If not, then I will use a water pump instead. I will buy the missile turret sometime next week. I will let you guys know what I found from USB missile turret breakdown and a way to control it manually from your Arduino.