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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

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.  The thermal…Continue

New RTK GPS on Indiegogo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tersus GNSS Dec 9, 2015. 37 Replies

Reach: first affordable RTK GPS receiver…Continue

 

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Bill Piedra commented on Chris Anderson's blog post OpenMV computer vision board now supports MAVLink, can appear as optical flow or AprilTag sensor
"saw that after i typed the message"
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Bill Piedra commented on Chris Anderson's blog post OpenMV computer vision board now supports MAVLink, can appear as optical flow or AprilTag sensor
"saw that after i typed the message"
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Bill Piedra commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Erle Robotics (makers of Elre Brain and PXFmini) acquired by Acutronic
"Love stories like this.  Congratulations Earle Robotics."
Nov 2, 2016

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Bill Piedra replied to Scott Raber's discussion Developer seeking involvement in Obstacle avoidance system dev
"I currently and using a DJI Matrice 100 and Guidance system from DJI, along with their Manifold Computer (Nvidia TK1).  It was provided to me by DJI as part of the DJI Developer Challenge, and I have to say it works very well.   The…"
Oct 30, 2016

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Bill Piedra replied to Dronez's discussion 6-7 Hour Flight time over ocean - some questions
"We did some experiments with polarized cameras on the TV Show DRONED for the science channel.  I don't think the full versions are available to stream or download yet, but the Episodes were called Waterworld and Swimming with Sharks. You…"
Oct 24, 2016

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Bill Piedra replied to Bill Piedra's discussion Thermal Camera Works in Mission Planner HUD
"Rick - I'm heading out at the moment, but can you contact me at my regular email: billrockus [at] gmail.com It will be much easier to communicate directly than through this forum.   I should be back late this afternoon."
Oct 24, 2016
Rick Beichler replied to Bill Piedra's discussion Thermal Camera Works in Mission Planner HUD
"I would also like to inquire about ordering the complete system, please.  This would be used for security purposes as well."
Oct 24, 2016

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Bill Piedra replied to Bill Piedra's discussion Thermal Camera Works in Mission Planner HUD
"In order to make this work, you need the computer, the cabling for the Seek Thermal Camera, a power supply (you can't use the Phantom battery) and the software, which has been a work in progress for the past 6 months and a way to mount it.…"
Oct 24, 2016
Ayesha Ziky left a comment for Bill Piedra
"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."
Oct 24, 2016

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Bill Piedra left a comment for Ayesha Ziky
"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…"
Oct 24, 2016

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Bill Piedra left a comment for Bill Piedra
"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…"
Oct 24, 2016
Ayesha Ziky left a comment for Bill Piedra
"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.…"
Oct 20, 2016
Richard Ladwig replied to Bill Piedra's discussion Thermal Camera Works in Mission Planner HUD
"I own a Seek Thermal camera and have been trying to make something like this work for Law Enforcement needs. If I purchase a Rasberry Pi 3 what other items would I need to make this work. I would be using this with my DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus which…"
Oct 20, 2016

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Bill Piedra left a comment for Bill Piedra
"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."
Sep 12, 2016
Marc Dornan left a comment for Bill Piedra
"Got it so no real advantage to gettingva Pi3 then?"
Sep 12, 2016

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Bill Piedra left a comment for Bill Piedra
"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…"
Sep 12, 2016

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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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