Right now, I have an airframe (ez*) and would like to make the investment into building a UAV platform. I have plenty of experience with arduinos and AVRs so feel comfortable about this. I know that I should be heading towards an IMU based solution, so I'm keen to make the investement in the right hardware. Although I’ve spent hours and hours reading everything I can find, I still don’t definitively know if I should go ahread and buy an ardupilot + arduIMU, or wait for something new that combines the two.
I don’t think I’ll want or need ardupilot Mega, but I can’t tell if there is some new hardware coming that allows for entry level access to an IMU based autopilot, or if it's just a firmware solutiuon that allows greater connectin between the ardupilot and arduIMU boards.. I know people are working towards these goals, but I can’t work out if it’s a new hardware component (I should wait) or new firmware for the existing boards (I can go ahead and buy). It would be great if there was a development roadmap that showed where we were in the hardware and software life cycle, and what was coming next.