Mavelous, the browser-based MAVLink GCS, is coming on strong

John Wiseman and Pat Hickey of the Mavelous team have been making great strides with this HTML-based MAVLink GCS, which can run in any browser.  You can see a very cool live demo of it here, and follow the project here. 3DR is supporting the project, so look for products from us soon that will allow you to use any device, including phones and tablets, as your GCS for ArduCopter/Plane in the field.

 

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Comment by Mark Harrison on December 3, 2012 at 6:27pm

Very Nice! Here's what it looks like on  the Kindle Paperwhite.  It might be a feasible display device... it would certainly be nice in the sunlight!

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Comment by Simone Chiaretta on December 4, 2012 at 12:55am

Looks nice...

Installing a webserver with pyton is not easier than installing the GCS :)

I guess the obvious next step would be to put it on microboard on the drone and control the drone directly from the browser (maybe connecting the board directly to the APM and using the wireless connection to tunnel HTTP packets on it)

Comment by Dennis Hestbech on December 4, 2012 at 2:13am

Indeed, very cool.

Just yesterday, I mentioned this project in a thread - and the progression of the project seems even better than I had expected.

Another use (than the obvious, to put the web server on board) could be to get the mavlink data from a telemetry link, and publish the flight data to a crowd of people.

Now, wonder if it can 'replay' a log file? Hmmm .. food for thought

Comment by Boston UAV on December 4, 2012 at 5:23am

Cool.

They state compatibility with Mavlink 1.0 (MissionPlanner does too), yet the Mavlink website says the latest protocol is version 3 ? 


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Comment by UnmannedTechShop.co.uk on December 4, 2012 at 6:28am

I think the idea of using a kindle for display is great!  Will need to try it out


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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 4, 2012 at 7:15am

Boston UAV. That's confusing, but no fear. The protocol version number all is within MAVlink.1.0


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 4, 2012 at 9:14am

Works very well on my Nexus 7. Sweet

Comment by John Wiseman on December 4, 2012 at 11:01am

Mark if you go to http://mavelousdemo.appspot.com/?debug it will tell you how many frames-per-second you're getting on that Kindle; I'd be curious to know.

Simone, I like that idea, but you need something that can do real wifi (or gsm etc.) & http if you want to be able to use an iPad or iPhone.

Dennis: Besides showing the data for one drone to multiple browsers (which I would have liked to have done at the Drone Games, if there had been any vehicles there that spoke mavlink), another "multiplayer" feature I'd like to add would be showing info for multiple drones in one browser.  Then add an internet server where people can publish their data in realtime, and you can point mavelous at it and see all the arducopters etc. that are flying at any given time.

Comment by Peter Meister on December 4, 2012 at 11:12am

Looks cool....

Comment by Quadrocopter on December 4, 2012 at 1:20pm

Looks very cool !

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