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We Need a "Smart Battery"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hamilton From Above Jan 4, 2014. 8 Replies

Everyone is familiar with smartphones and other smart devices. We need to create a vision, or industry standard, for high-performancebattery technologies, like Lithium Polymer, that includes a…Continue

Tags: safety, Polymer, Lithium, battery, smart

3D Printing Aircraft Parts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erik LeClair Nov 18, 2015. 5 Replies

I cannot believe that 3D Printing model aircraft parts does not have its own Discussion Forum.My first question question is this: in what situations can 3D printing replace CNC machiningwhen it comes…Continue

Apple or Android: which platform, tablet and "hacks" works best with the Parrot AR Drone 2.0?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hamilton From Above Jun 26, 2013. 3 Replies

Judging from feedback on other forums, the Apple iPad offers the most mature flight control hardware and software solutions for the Parrot AR Drone 2.0. However, the Apple platform is a "closed…Continue

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 until something better comes along ;-/

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hamilton From Above Feb 7, 2013. 9 Replies

After contributing to Kate Allen's discussion entitled, "…Continue

Tags: Parrot, Drone, AR, 2.0

 

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Hamilton From Above replied to Patrick Poirier's discussion Is it legal to use a cellular modem 3G-4G LTE in a UAV in Canada ? in the group Canada
"Legal Aspects Aside ....for the moment. The idea of using the 3G/4G network for UAV control and FPV flight monitoring has been an exciting prospect for drone teams since I started in 2008. Then and now, there is a shortcoming in the 3G/4G/LTE…"
Feb 10, 2016
Erik LeClair replied to Hamilton From Above's discussion 3D Printing Aircraft Parts
"I'm with Peter on this one. Love to learn more about 3d printing. I've been reading about this technology and it's pretty awesome. First I thought it was a fad but lots of big companies are now using it. I mean if I can print my own…"
Nov 18, 2015
Hamilton From Above replied to Hugh Hemington's discussion QGroundControl with AR Drone 2.0 (w/Flight Recorder)?
"I hope you are right. I would like to be able to get some proper use out of my $150 Parrot Flight Recorder and GPS waypoint guidance system."
Jul 20, 2014
Hamilton From Above replied to Hugh Hemington's discussion QGroundControl with AR Drone 2.0 (w/Flight Recorder)?
"Given that Parrot is charging $150 for its GPS "Flight Recorder," I would expect Parrot to provide better firmware and software support for this unit, at some point. After all, it is a common industry practice to ship hardware with no…"
Jul 19, 2014
Hamilton From Above replied to Hugh Hemington's discussion QGroundControl with AR Drone 2.0 (w/Flight Recorder)?
"I don't think jury-rigging the AR Drone 2.0 for extra flight range is worthwhile anymore because Parrot has already announced a 1-2 kilometre-range FPV solution for the Bebop (aka AR Drone 3.0) for later in 2014. And I agree; flying the AR…"
Jul 19, 2014
Hamilton From Above replied to Hugh Hemington's discussion QGroundControl with AR Drone 2.0 (w/Flight Recorder)?
"I bought the Parrot Flight recorder for the AR Drone 2.0, and I a now realize that the software support for this product "is not ready for prime time;" even a year after it was released. With the Parrot "BeBop" 3.0 Drone coming…"
Jul 18, 2014
Hamilton From Above commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FAQ: Confusing terms explained
""Fly-By-Wire" is an archaic, aviation term from the 1980's. But, it is still useful in describing the difference between the direct control of a conventional, RC aircraft and a RC aircraft that is computer-controlled, with…"
May 20, 2014
Hamilton From Above replied to Scotty's discussion Aluminum struts in place of carbon fiber
"GREAT "how-to" video, Scotty. I am particularly interested in how you separated the carbon fiber tube from the stock, stock motor-mount landing legs. One of my landing legs broke when the AR Drone "landed" in a tree. It needs to…"
May 20, 2014
Hamilton From Above replied to Bertrand Duchiron's discussion Answer : Do I need a SFOC even if I help someone for free ? in the group Canada
"The CWH already has an established relationship with Transport Canada. So, the plan is to let CWH management handle this aspect of event. And, to ensure that CWH liability insurance covers this activity. Peter Hasek Founder & Presenter UAV Air…"
May 20, 2014
Hamilton From Above replied to Bertrand Duchiron's discussion Answer : Do I need a SFOC even if I help someone for free ? in the group Canada
"Hi Bertrand, Does Transport Canada have any jurisdiction over any kind of UAV flight activities, held indoors, like in an aircraft hanger? Peter Hasek Founder & Presenter UAV Air & Trade Show Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum HAMILTON,…"
May 15, 2014
Hamilton From Above replied to Scotty's discussion Aluminum struts in place of carbon fiber
"Nice indoor workshop seen in your video, Scotty. More windows and natural light would make it PERFECT. Another advantage of aluminum struts is that they can act as a "heat sink" for the motors ...IF Parrot re-designs the assembly so the…"
Apr 23, 2014
Hamilton From Above replied to Hamilton From Above's discussion We Need a "Smart Battery"
"There ought to be one-way comm between the smart battery system and the less-smart charger-balancing system. The smart battery system woulddetermine the capabilities of the charger-balancing system and then “ALLOW” or…"
Jan 4, 2014
Hamilton From Above replied to Hamilton From Above's discussion We Need a "Smart Battery"
"I should have mentioned that I am not a computer programmer...my bad ;-(Still, there must be a physical way to close all "back doors” during themanufacturing process...so the only way to fix a problem is to design and make a new…"
Jan 4, 2014
hotelzululima replied to Hamilton From Above's discussion We Need a "Smart Battery"
"Hi Hamilton,     sigh.. this only means your code segment has to be attacked via ram(which is where your code executes from after normally being copied there, ie the stack of a modern von neuman machine is in ram.. and thats where the…"
Jan 4, 2014
Hamilton From Above replied to Hamilton From Above's discussion We Need a "Smart Battery"
"Further to the novel idea of hacking into a battery's firmware to cause it to explode: excluding access to the firmware is the solution. That means the manufacturer would burn the firmware into a ROM chip, which prevents anyone, even the…"
Jan 4, 2014
Hamilton From Above replied to Hamilton From Above's discussion We Need a "Smart Battery"
"hzl:   the "arstechnica" video is an excellent primer for this discussion. I forgot to mention that my idea for this discussion was inspired by theBattery Dioctor app on my iPAD while examining the LiPo battery of my DJI…"
Jan 4, 2014

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About Me:
My interest is in aerial or elevated photography, and imaging (MW, infra-red and UV). I am project, mission, fund-raising and team-building oriented. I have neither the skills nor the interest do delve into the guts of UAV technology, or even imaging for that matter. I am an almost-RTF end-user.

However, I relish the opportunity to provide feed-back and work with people who do have the technical and programming skills needed to develop UAV appliances & applications.

-peter
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Using quadricopters to obtain elevated video and still
imagery for a wide variety of community projects.

Interested in methods that extend the range and reliability of
the Parrot AR Drone 2.0, and the iPAD and Android-based tablets, for flight control and video; either by boosting the native Wifi radio interface without frying the Parrot or the Android tablets on-board circuitry, or hacking the Parrot's Wifi hardware so it will operate as 4G-LTE mode, and be compatible with the iPAD or Android-based tablets native 4G-LTE.

I realize that the DIY Drone community considers the
Parrot AR Drone 2.0 a toy. The current AR Drone 2.0/tablet control platform lacks the more robust systems, mechanics and radio interface that you would find in a true, hobby-grade quadcopter. Soon to switch from the AR Drone to the DJI Phantom, and seriously considering the Gaui 500x.

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Also, just starting to explore the use of High Altitude Balloons and lifting-body type payload-gliders as a more efficient and productive way to obtain near-space video and scientific measurements, and then "glide" the payload back to the launch area.

-peter
Hometown:
Hamilton, Ontario CANADA

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At 1:20pm on February 22, 2013, John Terrell said…

Thanks, Hamilton.  We'll see soon enough.  I've ordered a refurbished Parrot AR so I've no idea what's going to happen.  At any rate, I'll drop you a note and let you know what I've learned.  I downloaded the Android app and I'll give it a shot.

Be well,

John Terrell

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