I have successfully built an API that will work with Ipad/ Iphone and will be able to port it to Android. This app can create missions, follow live mavlink .9 (Still working on 1.0) data with telemetry data. Cool thing is that it is a cheap cable to make. I want to know how many people would be interested in this App and the cable. There will be two versions one for jail broke devices that will have a few extras and for regular IOS and Droid OS. If there enough buzz I will give a lucky few in couple weeks a free beta pass through iTunes to be able to test and use for flight. What the app does is that it send a mavlink message to the xbee or 3d radio back and forth so you be able to fly and track using your tablet or phone.
https://code.google.com/p/airmavgcs/ Just created the project on google.
hi, im keen to give it a try
Status update the User interface with the hud and alt indicators with live map feed is almost done. Still working on some compiling bugs for ISO and android. Since this app will use same basic code but each API needs to be added to the code. The app will auto detect if the program is IOS or android. So it will be one app that works on both platforms.
cool like to be a beta tester :)
I'm very much interested, android version.
I haven't read through all the pages of comments but is this related to the work that was being done to make an HTML5 based WiFi ground station so you could do the same with any device? There's nothing wrong with either approach and having options is nice but I was just curious.
The app is using JAVA,XCODE,XML,Autoscript3,AndroidSDK,mxml,html5,css it will be a native app. Serial connection cable is up for approval with apple. Direct radio connection using a cabled xbee or 3dr radio ground station. No need for a internet connection or a laptop to make missions and to change in flight settings of the aircraft. Say you transmitter dies you can hit teh abort button on the screen and click ok and the plane will head back to RTL or you can add waypoints so you can change the batteries in the transmitter. Doesn't record video.
HTML5 and XML just make it easier with view layouts and makes the app look nice.
I really like this idea since you don't have to carry a laptop around. I have a couple of questions though.
-Compatibility: What versions of iOS/Android will this be able to be used on? Will it support legacy os like froyo?
-Hardware: What would we need to get to get this started? I saw the pic above but what specifically would be need to start this.
Good luck with this project. This is something I would definitly want to have with my bird.
I have an X8 I am using as a glider to be launched from 100,000 ft by balloon. I use MP and mavlink to control the elevons via joystick. I have a 5 watt amp on the 3d radios to deal with the distance. Also APRS and ATV are on board.
I would like to be a beta tester with my ipad version 1. It would be a neat solution rather than have to bring a laptop.
Our balloon dropping tests start week of 7/16/12 with drops starting at 1000 ft. This week we test by launch from our 3 story building !
Be glad to hack a cable for the project. Send details of TTL rs232 interface to 3DR radios.
Earl - the 100,000 ft balloon guy.
Where did you find a 5 watt amp? I have only found 1 watt amp. I tried to convert a 1 amp to at least 2 amp but get to much noise. 100,000 ft that crazy alt.
At this time cable designs are with apple so have to wait on that. However, for no jailbroken devices I am working on a bluetooth module that you can put your radio in. It will run normal buad rate so there will be no lag with the HUD. I probley be testing the connections with the SparkFun bluetooth modules with freq 2.52 or with less noise.
This might be usefull: