"Impressive modeling, but...is there a point to going into that much detail? If it's just for fun that's cool of course. It's just that as someone who does a good deal of modeling electro-mechanical systems for my job, I've almost never had a need…"
"While the PC route may seem cheaper right now (considering you already have many of the components), think about what will happen the first time that boat takes on water. Swapping out an arduino will cost a lot less than swapping out a mini pc. With…"
How were you able to measure altitude while looking down? Does that require the sensor to notice a sort of zooming in and out effect of the features it sees? Seems like that would be tough while also moving.
"Interesting idea... but it sort of seems like Rube Goldberg way of flying. Going analog leaves you open to all sorts of new problems. If your main concern is robustness, it wouldnt be too hard to add a watchdog timer to your digital AP and have a…"
"Honestly, I find it a bit troubling that they run into the same problems we do. I mean, I know it's a new field and these companies are learning as they go... but at that price I'd expect something a bit more thought out"
"I like the simplicity. Though it seems to me those arms are going to be weakest along the axis where you'll be seeing the greatest forces (vertical). If you find that to be a problem, 2 layers (possibly even thinner ones) with some standoffs in…"
"Thanks Chris. Good to know. I'm a bit surprised the AR.Drone can't handle the outdoors better. With gyros plus optical flow running on an ARM9 it should be pretty capable. Hmm, unless the response time of the actual motors isnt great.
I've been looking at xbee to the phone as well. Unfortunately, getting a wired serial connection to the phone can be pretty tricky (and quite possibly impossible on non-HTC phones). Having to go bluetooth to…"
"Close, but I'd say the price is still a bit prohibitively high (without contract) and I'd rather not have to deal with Apple's closed system. Hopefully this will push more phones to have gyros. In a year or two I expect we'll start seeing dirt cheap…"