by StereoPi

An open source stereoscopic camera based on Raspberry Pi

View all updates Dec 30, 2019

Field Report: Meet Blinky, a Telepresence Droid

by dave b

Blinky V.2

I purchased a StereoPi deluxe kit when it was launched on Crowd Supply in 2019. The StereoPi was the inspiration behind Blinky, a camera case that can walk, talk, and be useful. Blinky was built with the intention of creating a tele-presence droid that can do more than a simple robot. Jump into the droid and do things yourself that a robot can’t: Check on a situation from remote locations, be a part-time companion, or make two and go battle-bot on each other. There are nearly endless possibilities.

Blinky is a droid-in-training made from the servos and structural parts from two Meccano Meccanoid sets: a first generation, orange-toned, four-foot model and a second generation, blue-toned, two-foot tall unit. The four-foot model has a bonus rechargeable battery pack and charger which supplies power to the Arduino Uno in Blinky’s chest. Power for the Raspberry Pi 3 and the StereoPi is supplied by a 20,000 mah battery with two five-volt, 2.4 amp USB ports.

StereoPi mounting

The Uno is mounted along with Raspberry Pi 3 in a Waveshare Alphabot’s chassis. The Alphabot and its accompanying software were used for the wiring and control elements of the project. Having some Meccano parts around to augment the structure was also very handy. The software to make it all work is still a work-in-progress, but it was built on the software techniques developed by Tatyana Volkova. The hardware was implemented by making a wiring harness that is described by, and can be purchased from: Blinky is currently learning to use its arms, look around, and not drive into things. Many connections are available to add numerous sensors and other goodies that can help with all that.

I had started the project after taming the Alphabot and then seeing a deal on a Meccanoid. The StereoPi came out at a very opportune moment to become the basis for the Blinky project. Thank you to the creators of these remarkable tools!

Earliest prototype Blinky

For more information and discussion, visit this topic on the StereoPi forum

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dave b

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Product Choices


StereoPi AnyCase Kit

With AnyCase Kit you can get your setup in a 10 minutes, before you go to your 3D printer or laser cut machine! You can assemble any case with 25, 65, 120 or 200 mm stereobase, or for 360 degree video with just a screwdriver! And you have 12 more camera ribbons now, do not afraid to bend you cables in your bold experiments!


StereoPi Slim Edition

Perfect for DIY ninjas and those wanting to embed StereoPi in a tight space. This board is the same as the standard edition, but without all the bulky connectors - the Ethernet RJ45 jack, GPIO header, and dual USB Type-A connector have not been populated. To use this board, you will need your own Raspberry Pi Compute Module, cameras, and camera ribbon cables. Two short power cables already included.


StereoPi Starter Kit

This kit has everything you need to get started right away. The kit includes one StereoPi Standard Edition board, two V1 cameras (w/ ~20 cm ribbon cables), one Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 + Lite, and everything in the StereoPi Accessories Kit (two short ribbon cables, one USB power cable, two power cables, one V1/V2 dual-camera mounting plate, and one wide-angle dual-camera mounting plate). We've also included a microSD card pre-imaged with Raspbian and all the stereoscopic video and image demos you see on this project page.


StereoPi Deluxe Kit

This kit includes everything in the StereoPi Starter Kit and adds two wide-angle (160°) cameras (w/ ~20 cm ribbon cables). With this kit, you'll be able to run all of the demos shown on this project page and start experimenting on your own. You will reign supreme over your stereoscopic domain.



We are a small team of geeks who have been making remote-controlled things with livestreaming video since 2010. We've done everything from boats and planes, to robots, copters, and VR helmets. If we can't find the right tools for our projects, we build them ourselves.


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