I have successfully built an API that will work with Ipad/ Iphone and will be able to port it to Android. This app can create missions, follow live mavlink .9 (Still working on 1.0) data with telemetry data. Cool thing is that it is a cheap cable to make. I want to know how many people would be interested in this App and the cable. There will be two versions one for jail broke devices that will have a few extras and for regular IOS and Droid OS. If there enough buzz I will give a lucky few in couple weeks a free beta pass through iTunes to be able to test and use for flight. What the app does is that it send a mavlink message to the xbee or 3d radio back and forth so you be able to fly and track using your tablet or phone.



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  • Update. Still waiting on Apple. I be going to Cali this Sunday again for couple weeks to get some stuff work out. Hopefully we can get the ball rolling so I can get these chips. Software is still being workout and has a good foundation for options.

  • Update final board design is going to be sent to BatchPCB for making. Going to make a few runs and have selected beta testers test out hardware and app. Still waiting for apple to give me the go ahead to order the chips with the decoder for non jailbreak devices. (Hopefully I get the goahead sometime this week.) I have a few emails addressess of people intrested, however, I need you send a message to my inbox mail and explain what uses and how this app and hardware benfit you. How much do you fly and also are you located in the states or far away? Thanks

  • Update working on a PCB board that will run wifi\bluetooth\ and serial to IOS device. Will make a android device board. It will have two ports for either 6pin xbee and 3dr radio. Also will have a usb port if you have the usb 3dr radio that comes in one of the kits. Sending out sch to get boards made lead time is 5 days. Once get the protype boards in will solder and test out all the functions. App is still in progress. Still working on some Mavlink issues. So far my test platform is sending messages crazy fast I send 2mb of data on the xbee 900 and received in less than 10 secs. IAP chip from apple is the chip I am waiting for the non jailbreak devices. I will start looking for testers in week or so. I have to go back to Cali for couple of weeks so be super busy around then. Plus kid on the way.

  • you are building things on old technology imo, but at least you are doing something, so keep up the good work.

  • Success with bluetooth a xbee and even 3dr radio with IOS. PCB board is next in step. This will also work with Ikopter if you don't have a APM.

  • This is the datasheet on what bluetooth chip will be used.

    However, I can't display the coprocessor chip that apple sent you so you don't have to jail break.

  • Apple sending me contracts with MFI program on my cables. Don't worry this won't make the cable and dongles expensive. The encoder chip that got awhile back that lets you use bluetooth with no jailbreak codes will be easier to in productions levels. Still looking at $50 or less for this.

  • what about adding network socket support for getting the data from a mavproxy?

    Keep up the great work..

  • I've tested 3DR telemetry kit with Samsung Galaxy SII and Android 4.0 over USB host cable. It is detected as FTDI RS 232 serial device. Will it work with you app ?

  • There is no need to jailbreak an iOS device or go through the Apple MFI program to get a full serial connection. That is history. I did some research a while back to develop something like this. What you want to use is Bluetooth 4.0 LTE. It's really the best solution. Why?

    - full serial data port over bluetooth

    - one hardware design/protocol for iOS and Android

    - very low energy consumption

    - no need to have different cable types for different devices (think of new plug size Apple is rumored to introduce with new iPhone)

    - no approval needed from Apple for MFI, it's already included and part of the official iOS developer API

    - already majority of devices sold today have support for BT 4.0

    Of course people will argue that their old device doesn't have it, but it's really the way to go if you think of your idea longterm. From a developer point of view it takes away a lot of headaches. Also as Androids has  supported serial data connections prior to the BT 4.0 standard you might be able to find hardware that has BT 4.0 plus older standards in dual mode to support older devices.

    Here is a list of devices that support BT 4.0:

    - iPhone 4s

    - iPad 3

    - Samsung Galaxy S3

    - HTC One series

    - Google Nexus 7 tablet

    - Google Galaxy Nexus phone

    - many more

    - basically every new device introduced from now on

    Here is a reference design for a Arduino BT 4.0 shield that you could easily adapt for your hardware part, it's not for sale yet but you can see how simple it is wired, as the BT4.0 modules that you can purchase have a very high level of system integration.


    Make has an Article about MFI vs BT4.0


    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Shield for Arduino v1.0.0
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