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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!

Special Edition Robot Party! LMRv4!

Recent Robot Party Splash Pics!

There is a special edition Robot Party this Saturday! We will be broadcasting the Lets Make Robots v4 fundraiser celebration! Anyone who has donated can be entered to win 5 prizes from Adafruit. The drawing will be done on air, so it will be really fun!

Here is the time that it will be broadcasted:
Saturday June 16th @
• 5AM PDT (UTC-7) (Vancouver, San Francisco)
• 8AM EDT (UTC-4) (Toronto, New York)
• 1PM PST (UTC+1) (Britain)
• 5:30PM IST (UTC+5.5) (Mumbai)
• 9PM JST (UTC+9) (Tokyo)
• 10PM EST (UTC+10) (Sydney)

Countdown:

We’re really looking forward to getting the chance to meet robot builders who haven’t been on the Robot Party before!

To join the hangout, leave a comment saying that you will want to be in the Robot Party on my G+ page. This way I can add you to my circles, and when the hangout begins you can press the ‘Join Hangout’ button. Please bring a robot to show if you are planning to join the hangout!

You can still watch the hangout stream if you don’t want to be in the hangout! The stream will be live on the Robot Party page, where you can tune in and watch it! With Google+ Hangouts on Air, the recording is automatically saved and uploaded, so if you can’t make it, you can watch the recording!

This is similar to the previous special edition LMR fundraiser Robot Party celebration, where NilsB showed us his awesome chaos bot and picked the winners!

Last night’s Robot Party was a blast, thank you to everyone who showed off their cool projects and robots!

Hope to see everyone at this special edition Robot Party!

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!