WiFi/Bluetooth Distance Detection

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mtochs
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WiFi/Bluetooth Distance Detection

Post by mtochs » Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:28 pm

Hi, what would be the best way to determine distance of a wifi or bluetooth enabled device with RPi's? Have 3 RPi's. Just trying to figure out the best method.

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Re: WiFi/Bluetooth Distance Detection

Post by darrellg » Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:46 am

A tape measure. If you are hoping to use WiFi or Bluetooth to determine the distance, you are going to be disappointed.

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Re: WiFi/Bluetooth Distance Detection

Post by nickosinski » Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:41 am

Hey mtochs,

I had done a bunch of reading on this subject and yeah... the previous reply is likely correct... it's just not realistic to use wifi or bluetooth. Lately, I've been exploring the idea of computer vision with a solution like the Pixy cam... have you made any progress in your hunt?

I'm not far enough along in my ROVer project just yet (links below), but I was thinking of using something like the Pixy cam to mark key points within my place for ROVer to recognize ... such as doorways, windows, etc, using "barcode" stickers or something like that. It can apparently measure the size of such "stickers" and then determine his distance to/from.

Let me know if you've come across any other possible solutions - very interested in this subject as well.

Cheers,

Nick.

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Re: WiFi/Bluetooth Distance Detection

Post by jremington » Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:32 pm

Except for radar, radio, in general, is not useful for determining distance.
For up to 40 meters, the Lidar Lite offers excellent non-contact performance. https://www.sparkfun.com/products/14032

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