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EasyStar as a pure GPS UAV

Started this discussion. Last reply by Reto Oct 29, 2009. 7 Replies


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Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Detailed Mavic teardown
"Interesting how the IMU has evolved from being randomly scattered on the mane board to being encapsulated in a very large, weighted, shock dampered enclosure, connected by a very long ribbon cable to reduce coupling.  It matches what some guys…"
Nov 21
Jack Crossfire commented on Jose Luis Cortes's blog post 2 hours and 5 minutes test flight with maximum takeoff weight
"About time someone finally did it.  The biggest challenge was getting a generator powerful enough in a small enough space. "
Nov 20
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A few photos from the fun DIY autonomous car hackathon today
"Got another shot of the track, in case anyone was inspired by line following problems.  The bathroom & drinks were desperately needed by those of us running 10 miles with our robots, helas all the bigwigs were gone when we got there.…"
Nov 14
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Congrats to the Aerotenna team for winning sense and avoid competition!
"The uSharp senses distance in 8 directions, up to 40m, at 100Hz.  It could be used for indoor mapping."
Nov 11
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Some good (painful) physics lessons in trying to put a 360 video rig under a drone
" Tried that kind of mounting, 10 years ago.  The landings are obviously much easier with modern quad copters.  "
Nov 9
Jack Crossfire commented on Andy Osusky's blog post Autonomous Boat to Cross the Atlantic Ocean
"The best obstacle avoidance system is a "keep clear" sign. "
Oct 27
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using Microsoft Azure cloud to make a face-finding, voice controlled drone
"How much does Microsoft charge per 1000 blog comments?"
Oct 25
Jack Crossfire commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"Even with prices bottomed out at $1000 for the last 5 years, the latest flight controllers are good enough that getting the same results on your own would cost more.  You're not going to get competitive results with the 10 year old carbon…"
Oct 20
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones at 81,000 members (and Ning update)
"About time that buyout finally got taken care of. "
Oct 16
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition recap video
"Presumably they're manely using machine vision with some using dead reckoning & GPS. The real value is knowing who the best were & what algorithm they used.  They only show who the best were."
Oct 11
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post An autonomous RC car guided by TensorFlow machine vision
"What it's probably doing is recalling the steering commands from a library of past images rather than interpreting the position of the lines.  Tensorflow is the new SURF.  Despite getting a lot farther than mistaking his laptop for a…"
Oct 11
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using TensorFlow to allow a robot to identify objects
"Sounds like tensorflow was another Goog project that went nowhere, so they open sourced it.  The image recognition is a demo in the tensorflow distribution.  Another triumph for Inc Magazine's top 30 under 30."
Oct 10
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AT&T and Verizon gear up to offer LTE cell data for drones
"You could just get a prepaid Virgin phone with 2.5GB/month & call it a "data plan for a drone""
Oct 7
Jack Crossfire commented on Julian's blog post 3DR's Rise and Fall
"Well, it's not like the diydrones commenter pool didn't jawbone him to sell 3DR as soon as possible.  The current boom is fueled by buyouts, not insanely great products.  "buyouts are the new bits" as Janet Yellen would…"
Oct 5
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Bay Area meetup for DIY autonomous racing cars
"Be sure to give us a demo."
Oct 4
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Lidar Lite back with V3 after Garmin aquisition
"So when is 3DR joining Garmin?"
Sep 18
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Solo Android app update: rewind, pano, zipline and more
"That guy's going to throw his back out with enthusiasm, if there's 1 more feature."
Sep 4
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post PrecisionHawk gets first FAA waiver to fly beyond visual line of sight using LATAS system
"Good thing you're tasked with implementing & getting all the certifications for the LATAS, ADSB, ROS standards & not me."
Aug 31
Jack Crossfire commented on Roberto Navoni's blog post Raspberry PI 0 as DVB-S encoder and trasmitter no additional hardware. by Evariste
"Easier to send JPEG with no latency than MPEG-2 with all the latency.  Still nifty that the old GPIO with DMA can modulate that much data. "
Aug 26
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here
"So did Twitter make the buyout offer now?"
Aug 25

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Head of blog rambling.

The 1st 3 years of flying + more off topic posts are on http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=115141

Image processing, robotics, & aeronautics are on http://heroinewarrior.com

Most diy droners are RC modelers who just want to automate their favorite model plane. I came from an image processing, software, & robotics background, not an RC modeling background, so my focus is on flight control, image acquisition, & blogs that no-one reads.
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Evolution of the RC car exercise coach

Posted on April 30, 2016 at 6:58pm 7 Comments

It's been a long journey from the G-Buggy

to the failed balancer…


An entire neighborhood XMas lightshow from a quad

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 8:39pm 5 Comments

Holy subprime seasons.  While it was always possible for an entire neighborhood to synchronize its lights, it wasn't possible to actually see it until last year.  It's really a sight that cost a fortune until the rise of the quad, higher sensitivity cameras, & then the brushless gimbal.  Of course, flying a quad that high above a neighborhood is a very nerve…


Analysis of the follow cam problem

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 1:00pm 12 Comments

MikroKopter - FollowMe on the Wakeboard from Holger Buss on Vimeo.

The follow me concept using GPS is nothing new. It was demonstrated in 2008 at long range, with the normal lens cameras of the time.

Now, they're doing it at slightly closer ranges,…


The big 3 without editing

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 6:38pm 8 Comments

With so many unemployed programmers, it was only a matter of time before someone would try to free the bits & upload some videos. We'll see how long this lasts until the indy movie studios crush the rebellion. These videos covered what currently are the 3 mane copters, in a rare appearance without any editing.

Collinn was a lot more down to Earth than…


Brushless direct drive rover

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 11:25pm 7 Comments

The journey began when the G-buggy which served for 6 months was stepped on, bending a shaft & putting it out of duty.  It was otherwise falling apart on its own, after pacing 110 miles of running.…


Comment Wall (10 comments)

At 6:54am on March 30, 2008, Howard Gordon said…
Interesting reading. I spent some time with your blog at rcgroups, noting in particular your application of artificial neural nets. I may have missed a jump in your progression, but are you still running the lwneuralnet on a gumstix ? Just wondering, as most neural net libraries use floating point, but the gumstix only has fpu emulation, which is not fast.

Reason I ask is that I converted a simple back prop library to integer math and built it into my firmware, but have just started to think about how to incorporate it into actual operation. As you already have real-world experience in integrating back prop functions, I wondered if you wanted to give the code a try (on the ground) to see if the integer approximations are sufficiently accurate. I map 0.0 : 1.0 into 0 : 1024. If interested, code is here. Let me know if you have a chance to experiment - I'd appreciate some feedback.
At 12:26pm on March 30, 2008, Jack Crossfire said…
Converted lwneuralnet to integer a long time ago. It worked for solving the neural network but not for back propagation. Back propagation required more precision & full range beyond 0-1. 2048 lookup table entries was the largest before the cache overflowed.
At 6:58am on November 28, 2008, Constantinescu said…
Please help me to find all details concerning the software and hardware of version 2 implementation on a T-REX450 with a laptop. I intend to reproduce that on my ECO8.Many thanks,Georges
At 12:26am on November 29, 2008, Constantinescu said…
Thanks for your answer. I alreadi recovered the archive. Could you please send me some more detals concerning the hardware(components, electric connections, procedures for preliminar adjustement of parameters, etc); something "pense bete" for a beginer in the field. Yours Georges
At 10:57pm on April 8, 2009, Harry Cheung said…
Yeah, I should have included that. Anyways, I added a link to the ublox module I have, it's this:

At 9:32pm on May 25, 2009, Zik said…
Hi Jack - thanks for your comments on picoc. Yes, it's still alpha quality at this stage. I'm still working on it pretty heavily but hope to reach a 1.0 release in the not too distant future.
At 9:38pm on October 17, 2009, Andy Geppert said…
Jack, any chance you're in flying in the bay area Sunday (the 17th)? I'm in the area this weekend and it would be cool to meet you and see your machine fly.
At 3:10pm on December 4, 2009, Sahil Jain said…
so Chris is from Sparkfun? and you're from...?

sorry, for asking these questions. I am trying to design a board that I want to sell in the $80-100 price range. so trying to understand the target costs. any help would be appreciated. Just for fun, not going to make any money on it. Thanks.
At 3:33pm on December 8, 2009, Jack Crossfire said…
Most of the people on diydrones sell products through Sparkfun. The standard arrangement is to add 40% to the price & Sparkfun adds another 40% to the price. It's no secret. A place like Cloudcap adds 1000% to the parts. Personally working in Indian outsourcing where they expect a 12 hour / 6 day commitment & if you're spending evenings selling your own product instead of your boss's, it better produce a 1000% return or you're out. All your time is company time in outsourcing.
At 3:55pm on December 6, 2010, Hamish said…
$5 per gyro axis? what ? where? gimme gimme gimme!

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