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Google+ Hangout Extension – Arduino Example

Get your Arduino working with Google+ Hangouts! :)

I hacked this together a while ago, and now here is the tutorial for it. A lot of people have requested it, so hopefully it is of help!

Check out the video!


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In order for this to work, there are four main parts. The web app, Processing sketch, Arduino, and Google+ Hangouts xml.

Google+ Hangout Extension - Arduino Example

The web app is the core of it all. The way it works is that it uses web sockets for communicating between the browsers, and a tcp socket to communicate back to Processing.

Google+ Hangout Extension - Arduino Example

Processing is listening to this tcp socket, and then it tells Arduino what to do.

Google+ Hangout Extension - Arduino Example

To get it working in Google+ Hangouts, the web app is included as an iframe. If your camera is pointing at the Arduino, then everyone will be able to see it work!

Google+ Hangout Extension - Arduino Example

I have posted the code for all of this on Github. Go check it out!

A large amount of the code was based off of the code by John Schimmel: node-session. He was really awesome on Twitter helping me get it working!

The tutorial, with all the steps listed out, is over on RoboBrrd.com. I really recommend looking at it, because it tells you where to replace the variables for your own ones. ;)

If you decide to take the plunge and try it out, I created a long in-depth tutorial walking through the code.


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I really hope that this helps people out there to get started! I would love to control some of your robots and blinky lights through Google+ Hangouts. Oh yeah, and it would be great to see them on the Robot Party!

Let me know if you have any questions along the way, and I can try and answer them! Gooooood luck!

Robot Party Rocks with Google+ Hangouts On Air!

Robot Party August 11, 2011

Look! It’s ye olde Walter the Robot! ^_^

When Google+ opened up their ‘Hangouts on Air’ feature, the Robot Party has been running much better!

Now instead of using Ustream, we are able to use the Youtube stream to broadcast the hangout. This seems to work a lot better. ;)

Of course, the normal issues still occur, with various internet connections it can still be a bit troublesome.

The best part is that the recordings are automatically uploaded! Here are two Robot Party recordings:


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and…


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We will be trying this again tomorrow, since the Robot Party is tomorrow!

If you have a robot or project that you want to discuss with everyone, then join the Robot Party hangout! It’s always a lot of fun to see where the robots are going and how they progress. You can meet lots of new friends on the Robot Party too! :)

Hope to see ya there everyone!

What is the Robot Party?

The Robot Party is a weekly Google+ hangout that brings together robot builders from all over to share their robots, knowledge, and ask questions! It is for all age ranges, young or old, just bring your robot!

Robot Party tomorrow!

Robot Party @ Evil Mad Science

The Robot Party is tomorrow, Thursday at 8PM ET / 5PM PT! This week might be a little different than other weeks thanks to Google+ Hangouts on Air being available to everyone! This is such a super step forward, and will hopefully help greatly with bandwidth issues.

We will be broadcasting LIVE from Evil Mad Science! We may also be giving away a goodie or two, more details on that soon to come! There will be lots of robots, maybe we will put the webcam on the CNC again!

What is the Robot Party?
The Robot Party is a weekly Google+ hangout that brings together robot builders from all over to share their robots, knowledge, and ask questions! It is for all age ranges, young or old, just bring your robot!

The Robot Party is every Thursday at 8PM ET! If you have a robot, join the hangout on Google+ HERE! Be sure to leave a comment on one of the posts so we can add you to our circles for the party.

Hope to see ya at the Robot Party!