"The digital downlink we are using could of course be used just for the digital video. Since it is WiFi based, a laptop can receive the signal. With directional antennas and/or higher power APs the distance is ok. Flying a laptop is not so convenient…"
"A digital FPV system can (when it is more developed) offer:
- HD resolutions
- Stereo imaging / Multi camera support
- Stitch surroundings into "viewing spere", which can then be viewed in e.g. Oculus Rift for super-immersive experiences
Have you tried PS3-cams? I think they're called eye-cam and are a pretty good bargain if your looking for computer vision on a budget. Since they are designed to catch the "color balls" they should be a good fit for what you're trying…"
"Not world first.
There has been far more interesting developments performed in Sweden at Linköping University for some years in this area, see for example the research of David Lundström: http://www.iei.liu.se/flumes/david-lundstrom?l=en
- Not only…"
"Totally agree about ARM, it is really crazy that Arduino is still using an 8-bit uC. The real power of the Arduino is in its easy programming toolchain and that it's cheap to buy imho. Those two things would not change by jumping to a more powerful…"
"Brushless motors in models are sort of different from the stepper motors in electronics, aren't they? I mean, there is no precision needed for "us" and the weight/power tradeoff is different. I agree that the battery technology is a big step forward…"
"Hmm, how about that Jack Crossfire? His tri-copter configuration is interesting, as is his "visually stabilized videos from multiple still images"-thing. He is blogging here though so one can take part of that there maybe.
Just to give you an impression of how much I mean that, I created a login here just so I could post and say that. The DIY Drones podcast is a true highlight of my week. Hmm. I better stop writing this now or else go post on fmylife.com…"