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 shop" when it come to developing
solutions that overcome the short-comings of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0.
This is where the non-Apple world of Android, Samsung and others becomes attractive.
So, the goal of this thread is to find the Android-based tablet, Apps and "hacks" that
works best with the Parrot AR Drone 2.0, and determine how and where they out-perform
the current version of the Apple iPad.
Special attention should be given to OEM and "hacked" radio interface solutions.
Also, which Android tablet offers the most robust WiFi radio interface for the
Parrot AR Drone 2.0? Which radio interface will take-over the role of WiFi?
Will it be the built-in 4G-LTE, or a Spektrum DSMX break-out box or dongle,
or some other new, turnkey solution?
The final variable is size. What works better; the 10", the 4", or SmartPhones?
After using a motorola razr maxx, ipad2, and kindle fire, my #1 choice for control is the kindle fire. I fly joystick mode and not tilt so my rating is off that.
If you get the chance, try the Nvidia SHIELD mentioned here (see link)
and report back on how well it controls the Parrot AR Drone 2.0. Thanks.
PS: since my original post on this thread on February 8, 2013, the Apple App Store
dropped support for the AR Drone 2.0 FreeFlight, with all kinds of rumors as to
why this happened.
Spektrum and Futuba, where are you?
It's only a matter of time before radio control unit manufactures,
like Spektrum and Futuba, et al., begin to incorporate FPV screens,
and video control uplinks, and video steaming and telemetry downlinks
into some futuristic "DX-10.0-series" controller units ;-)
Hopefully, they'll send me a demo so I can review it ;-)
Hopefully future RTF drone makers will build their drones
around this technology, when it matures.