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DJI Matrice 100 Developer Drone with X3 Camera + Thermal Camera, Manifold Computer, Guidance Obstacle Avoidance

Started May 3 0 Replies

I have for sale a DJI Matrice 100 equipped with the DJI Guidance System, X3 4K camera/gimbal and Manifold Computer.  This drone is DJI's developer platform. The system includes the M100, Radio,…Continue

DJI Matrice 100 with X3 Camera, Guidance and Manifold Computer - $4500

Started May 1 0 Replies

I have for sale a DJI Matrice 100 equipped with the DJI Guidance System, X3 4K camera/gimbal and Manifold Computer. This drone is in excellent condition and I'm selling it because I'm upgrading to to…Continue

Tags: Manifold, X3, Guidance, 100, Matrice

Thermal Camera Works in Mission Planner HUD

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Piedra Oct 24, 2016. 6 Replies

 A Low Cost, Open Source Streaming Thermal CameraWe've come up with a simple, low cost, open source streaming thermal camera that runs on Raspberry Pi. The system is based on the SEEK Thermal Camera…Continue

Low Cost, Open Source, Streaming Thermal Camera

Started Dec 18, 2015 0 Replies

We've come up with a simple, low cost, open source streaming thermal camera that runs on Raspberry Pi. The system is based on the SEEK Thermal Camera which offers 204x156 resolution.  A Low Cost,…Continue

 

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Bill Piedra replied to OG's discussion large scale Fixed Wing VOLT Air Craft system hybrid gas Electric system
"I'm curious about the payload it can carry.  It it 3-5kg with fuel, or does fuel cut down the payload.  With 6 hours flight time, what is the rang ?   Have you tried taking off from a boat?"
May 16

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Bill Piedra replied to Marcus Cavallo's discussion Seeking An individual to help build Boat Drone Paying!!
"Are you still interested.  We swapped a few emails, but I haven't heard back from you."
May 14

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Bill Piedra commented on Kristaps Brass's blog post Universal Adapter for DJI Gimbals
"I would really love to demonstrate this product as well as Airmast and UgCS on the second season of the TV Show Droned on the Science Channel. If you haven't seen it here are a couple of clips. Tyler Perry's Giant Scale Airbus 380 TV…"
May 14

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Bill Piedra commented on Kristaps Brass's blog post Universal Adapter for DJI Gimbals
"This could be a game changer for Ardupilot.   I work as a Developer Advocate for Qualcomm, and though Qualcomm Flight has a built in 4K camera, having a high quality camera like the DJI Camera Gimbals would be a huge improvement.  "
May 14

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Bill Piedra commented on Olivier's blog post Congratulations to accepted Ardupilot students, Google Summer of Code 2017
"That's fantastic.  One of my personal passions is working with students.   Back in 2014 I worked with some bright robotics / programming students on Project Ryptide, and it ended up attracting some international media attention.…"
May 12

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Bill Piedra commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post Thermal Imaging for your Drone on a Budget
"You need to use a Pi 3 for decent performance.   Composite out sort of works, but if you're looking to use an analog video transmitter, I suggest you get the Skyzone from get FPV: Skyzone TX 5D with HDMI Input The image quality is…"
May 11

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Bill Piedra replied to Marcus Cavallo's discussion Seeking An individual to help build Boat Drone Paying!!
"Maybe you can start with a hull list this one:  Carbon Fiber 980mm Boat Hull"
May 8

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Bill Piedra replied to Marcus Cavallo's discussion Seeking An individual to help build Boat Drone Paying!!
"Hi Marcus -  I'm looking for a new drone project and have more than 30 years experience building and flying radio controlled aircraft.  I'm both a software developer and aircraft designer.  I've never built an RC Boat,…"
May 8

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Bill Piedra commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post Thermal Imaging for your Drone on a Budget
"I have also worked with IRLock's precision landing system, and am now experimenting with the new OpenMV Cam and Lidar Lite.   I have been using APM and Pixhawk since around 2011 and have built and delivered more than 20 drones for…"
May 8

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Bill Piedra commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post Thermal Imaging for your Drone on a Budget
"I have also worked with IRLock's precision landing system, and am now experimenting with the new OpenMV Cam and Lidar Lite.   I have been using APM and Pixhawk since around 2011 and have built and delivered more than 20 drones for…"
May 8

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Bill Piedra commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post Thermal Imaging for your Drone on a Budget
"I have also worked with IRLock's precision landing system, and am now experimenting with the new OpenMV Cam and Lidar Lite.   I have been using APM and Pixhawk since around 2011 and have built and delivered more than 20 drones for…"
May 8

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Bill Piedra commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post Thermal Imaging for your Drone on a Budget
"You would need to use an airplane or VTOL.  I have built several, and am going to begin work on a new one in June.  This is an example of one that I built for Tyler Perry. Tyler Perry's VTOL Anaconda If you're interested in…"
May 8

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Bill Piedra commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post Thermal Imaging for your Drone on a Budget
"Didn't embed the video for some reason.  Here's a link: The Science Channel DRONED - Waterworld Episode Inside Edition Story using Phantom TechCrunch Story"
May 8

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Bill Piedra commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post Thermal Imaging for your Drone on a Budget
"Here is a clip from the TV Show DRONED where we dropped a life preserver using a splash drone. And another one I did for Inside Edition here: "
May 8

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Bill Piedra commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post Thermal Imaging for your Drone on a Budget
"I do have STL Files and I also use Thingiverse all the time.  I like tinkercad for lightweight jobs too.   This is a picture of what the drone looks like.  The empty frame weighs only 600g.   With T-Motor 3510 motors turning…"
May 8

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Bill Piedra commented on Patrick Duffy's blog post Thermal Imaging for your Drone on a Budget
"Thanks Patrick.  I will upload it tonight.    What I've developed is a drone that can do several things: Use the Seek Thermal Camera as a navigation aid to deliver a life preserver It can drop up to 8 floating strobe lights…"
May 8

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Software developer with 25+ years experience. Both windows and macintosh - Visual Basic, C#, C++, Objective C, SQL, amongst others.
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Hobbyist - have been into RC planes for a long time. Just started with multicopters and am very interested in autonomous flight - both planes and multirotors.
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VTOL Anaconda built for Tyler Perry

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 9:57am 19 Comments

I built this VTOL Anaconda for Tyler Perry and the new TV Series, DRONED, which will air on July 22 at 6:00pm on the Science Channel.   

This plane was built from a Ready Made RC…

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FAA Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft - Time Running Out for Comments on regulations.gov

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 1:30pm 8 Comments

If you haven't already posted, time is running out for public comments on regulations.gov.   Please post your comments now.…

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Comment Wall (10 comments)

At 4:13am on August 14, 2015, Laser said…
Hello
At 4:29am on August 14, 2015, Laser said…

I've seen your picture   about  x8 and talon .  So  i want to do it  .Are you give me some advise  or some  picture . Thank you  .

PS: My English is not very good.

At 8:29am on September 12, 2016,
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Bill Piedra
said…

Hi Jay,  

I was able to make the Seek Camera work several ways.  The simplest was via a Python script, but the max performance you can get with Python and Raspberry Pi is about 5 frames per second.  I'd be more than happy to share the scripts that I used with you.  

To get full performance out of the Seek I used ROS and a compiled C++ program.  The benefit of ROS (Robot Operating System) is that it includes plugins that I used to stream the images.  The example I showed in the video uses the ROS MJPEG streamer which produces a low bandwidth stream that can be received on the ground via WiFi.

Right now I'm working on a much more polished version of the software which will include a ground station client for Android and iOS.  We're also working on developing a version of the software that will support the new Seek Thermal Pro, which is a new 320x240 resolution version of the seek sensor.   Both the new client and new sensor support will be included in a crowdfunding campaign we plan to launch shortly.  

If you would like the software we're using with Pi 3 today, I can send you an SD card that would include a full ROS install, and all of the dependencies required to support the camera for $100.  When we're done with the new client and  improved version of the sensor software, I can also give you that as a free upgrade.  (I'd just want the cost of another SD card and postage).  

Let me know if that works for you and I can make up an SD card for you and put it in the mail today.

Bill

At 5:02pm on September 12, 2016, Marc Dornan said…
Hi Bill,

Is what you are using on the Pi 3 compatible with what you sent me for the Odroid? Can you believe I have not yet put it in the air. I have been working with a very expensive flir. I still want to do this. Do you have revised firmware?

Hope you are well.

Marc
At 5:16pm on September 12, 2016,
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Bill Piedra
said…

We've been tinkering with simultaneous RGB and Thermal cameras, but displaying both images side by side is a little taxing on the Pi's processor.  We haven't given up on it yet, but our early experiments haven't really worked.  

I can send you an invoice via paypal if you give me your address. 

Marc - the Pi 3 software is different than the Odroid, so it would require a different build of the software.  The software itself is identical, but the operating systems and kernel are different.  

At 5:27pm on September 12, 2016, Marc Dornan said…
Got it so no real advantage to gettingva Pi3 then?
At 5:29pm on September 12, 2016,
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Bill Piedra
said…

The only advantage to the Pi 3 is that it consumes less power, so it can fly with a smaller battery.  The Odroid is a little faster, but uses a lot more power.

At 11:56pm on October 20, 2016, Ayesha Ziky said…
Hi Mr. Bill, I'm interested with your script for installing Seek thermal camera to FlytOS and thermal imaging display in MP HUD. Can you share the script for me ? Please. I need that for my research developing firefighting autonomous drone. This is my email : zikynet@gmail.com
At 8:41am on October 24, 2016,
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Bill Piedra
said…

It's not so much a script,, but a ROS Topic on FlytOS.  I could write something up for with links to the source code (which you'll have to compile) but that might take a while.  You can also make it run with a python script, but I found the python version runs too slow (only 5-6fps) to be useful.   

How familiar are you with ROS, and are you comfortable compiling C++.  

The ROS build that I'm working with streams the image as MJPEG, which is easy to display in the mission planner HUD.  

At 8:56am on October 24, 2016, Ayesha Ziky said…
Hmm, i need the link please. for me 5fps is enough for detecting heat signal. I already get connected the Seek thermal camera and shown the temperature of an object but it has no display stream.

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