Nicholas Witham
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Solo link in a DIY Drone

Started Jul 3 0 Replies

Has anybody used a solo link in a custom drone yet? I notice you can buy the cards for about $50 each. Then add a long range wifi card and you're in business.3DR has released the firmware and code…Continue

Ardupilot support forum not working, I think(?)

Started Mar 8, 2016 0 Replies

trying to log in to http://ardupilot.com/forum and I keep getting a message saying my password or username is incorrect, so I try to reset my…Continue

Tags: Support

motors wont spin for compassmot.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nicholas Witham Mar 6, 2016. 1 Reply

Firstly, I tried logging in to the ardupilot forums for help, but am experiencing issues. Cant reset my password because it doesn't recognise either my username or password. Cant register because the…Continue

Tags: quadcopter, AC3.3.3, compassmot

 

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Solo link in a DIY Drone

Has anybody used a solo link in a custom drone yet? I notice you can buy the cards for about $50 each. Then add a long range wifi card and you're in business.3DR has released the firmware and code for it I think?Rolling a HD VTx, Radio Control, and telemetry all into a single unit is a good idea. The only other thing on the market I can see that will do that is the CUAV hack link. It looks like a capable unit, but i can't find much feedback on it yet. I think the reason for the slow uptake rate…See More
Jul 3
Nicholas Witham added a discussion to the group Companion Computer Working Group
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Looking for opinions on which platform to use.

Im after some opinions on whats the best companion platform for streaming HD video, visual follow me, GPS follow me, and visual object avoidance.I'm not a developer in any sense of the word, so looking for a platform that's far enough along to have the functionality or apps already available.See More
Jul 2
Nicholas Witham commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Intel cancels Edison, Joule boards
"This must be a real kick in the guts to the Pixhawk 2.1 dev team. I can't imagine how much time, effort and money has gone into developing the hardware to take the Edison, and now this. I'd be pretty gutted."
Jul 1
Nicholas Witham commented on Bill Bonney's group Companion Computer Working Group
"Im after some opinions on whats the best companion platform for streaming HD video, visual follow me, GPS follow me, and visual object avoidance. I'm not a developer in any sense of the word, so looking for a platform that's far enough…"
Jun 30
Fnoop commented on Nicholas Witham's blog post Pixracer (actually a counterfeit): Now available from Hobbyking!
"https://www.unmannedtechshop.co.uk/px4-pixracer-autopilot/ They are an excellent vendor, apparently these are made in germany."
May 17
Cala commented on Nicholas Witham's blog post Pixracer (actually a counterfeit): Now available from Hobbyking!
"I just buy a pixracer from mrobotics, an authorized vers from AUAV and have a nice support and recive it in only a week :O ( I always wait from a month or more from other shops), they have the original pixhawk V1 with rev3 imu too."
May 17
Duffy replied to Nicholas Witham's discussion Why are we starting to use companion computers? in the group Companion Computer Working Group
"I suspect Nicholas doesn't need to be told the benefits of companion computers, in fact he has already chosen one..."
Feb 21
Gavin Greenwood replied to Nicholas Witham's discussion Why are we starting to use companion computers? in the group Companion Computer Working Group
"Here's an example of a practical companion computer that takes any pixhawk or apm and makes it wifi capable in station or AP modes.  http://www.4stateuav.com/product/3dr-802-11n-wifi-telemetry-dongle/"
Feb 20
Jon Croucher replied to Nicholas Witham's discussion How do I decide what platform to use? in the group Companion Computer Working Group
"Hi Nicholas Which way to go? Here is my views and the reasons why. Computer language- Python is well documented and relatively easy to learn, there are many tutorials online. Computer Vision - The future of UAV's, Python is very well supported…"
Feb 20
Jon Croucher replied to Nicholas Witham's discussion Why are we starting to use companion computers? in the group Companion Computer Working Group
"Python, OpenCV, and DroneKit are an incredible set of tools to expand the capabilities of the wonderful ArduPilot Flight Controller. They even give the old APM a new lease of life. A Raspberry Pi 3 with a camera is a great and economical way to…"
Feb 20
Westin Conahan replied to Nicholas Witham's discussion How do I decide what platform to use? in the group Companion Computer Working Group
"Luci with the Edison does support the ability to do object avoidance and video processing. Object following is possible even without having to utilize the Edison depending on the capacity in which you want to do object tracking. For simple object…"
Feb 16
Nicholas Witham replied to Nicholas Witham's discussion Why are we starting to use companion computers? in the group Companion Computer Working Group
"I'm already fairly experienced at building a pixhawk powered quad, even built a heavy lift X8. I can tune them all fairly well, and have them doing planned missions within a couple of weeks, with constraints due to family commitments. I'm…"
Feb 15

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John Arne Birkeland replied to Nicholas Witham's discussion Why are we starting to use companion computers? in the group Companion Computer Working Group
"Don't try to do everything at once. Get the drone up and flying on a regular Pixhawk. This should keep you busy for many months, getting to know the system doing missions etc. Then and only then should you start looking at taking the next step…"
Feb 15
Nicholas Witham replied to Nicholas Witham's discussion How do I decide what platform to use? in the group Companion Computer Working Group
"Thanks. Does the Luci with the Edison do video processing? I've heard the odroid XU4 would be better if I wanted to do things like object avoidance and follow the "thing"."
Feb 15
Westin Conahan replied to Nicholas Witham's discussion How do I decide what platform to use? in the group Companion Computer Working Group
"$299 preoder and $349 retail. You can currently reserve one if you'd like here."
Feb 14
Richard Joy replied to Nicholas Witham's discussion Why are we starting to use companion computers? in the group Companion Computer Working Group
"Glad to see that I am not the only one trying to work out what I can do with a companion computer. Experimented a bit with Dronekit and more recently installed Flytos on my RP3. My concern though is using wifi as the transport. Since this typically…"
Feb 14

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Pixracer (actually a counterfeit): Now available from Hobbyking!

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 7:00am 102 Comments

Just thought I'd share

Pixracer (Xracer) Autopilot V1.0 FMU V4 Generation

AUD $135

Now I'd like to know if this is a clone, or the real thing from…

Game of Clones...........

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 5:08pm 290 Comments

Just came across this Pixhawk clone, so thought I would share.

http://witespyquad.gostorego.com/flight-controllers/rtfhawk-2-4.html

Ready to Fly Quads is a…

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Adafruit is now selling Iris

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 4:00pm 2 Comments

Adafruit is now selling Iris. Looks like it comes with the full kit.

http://www.adafruit.com/products/1546

Also, shipping is only ~$100 to Australia. Beats the ~$200 shipping from 3DR!!!

New product: Downward facing camera gimbal

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 6:30pm 29 Comments

Just found this nice product. There are 2 versions, the Flatmap 1 and Flatmap 2.

For some reason, the FM1 has 2 axis, and the FM2 has 1 axis.

The site says they are for fixed wing, but looks like it could be…

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