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EasyStar as a pure GPS UAV

Started this discussion. Last reply by Reto Oct 29, 2009. 7 Replies


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Jack Crossfire commented on Kristaps Brass's blog post Lego Sorter [Prototype] by SPH Engineering
"$375 would buy a vibratory bowel feeder or a new lego set.   But it does have the words "neural network" in it."
Jan 2
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post FCC fines FPV dronemaker for illegal radios
"Specifically, it was because of a complaint, not an FCC van driving around searching for illegal products.  The complainer could have been a government agency using another frequency or an internet commenter vigilante.   The specific…"
Dec 24, 2017
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DIY Drones at 85,000 members -- a look back at an extraordinary decade
"Interesting for a graph to show a fall in addition to the rise.  With 3D TV, virtual reality goggles, self driving cars, 3D printers, they only showed rising graphs, then they disappeared."
Jul 15, 2017
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Intel cancels Edison, Joule boards
"It's about time it died.  Sparkfun & diydrones really laid it on thick with that one.  The raspberry pi zero W, for those who are persistent enough to find one, is a better deal.  With enough work, the ARM can run x86…"
Jun 22, 2017
Jack Crossfire commented on Jack's blog post Turnigy graphene review: can it increase flight time?
"As far as I know, graphene has never been produced in commercial quantities except in the minds of startup founders of 4 years ago.  They made batteries cooler by making them heavier."
Jun 8, 2017
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon
"So to get the 5 vision sensors & 4k video with in-camera stabilization of a DJI Phantom, merely connect a DJI Phantom via the SPI bus to the Pixhawk. "
Apr 29, 2017
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post DJI: "Today’s hobbyist is tomorrow’s inventor, and tomorrow’s inventor is next year’s technology industry pioneer.”
"DJI should go beyond testifying before congress.  They need to make the FAA regulations, fix our infrastructure, & repeal Obamacare."
Mar 16, 2017
Jack Crossfire commented on Jerry Giant's blog post After 3 years of not making money on drones, I quit
"The best way to make money on quad copters is to go on speaking tours about regulation."
Mar 14, 2017
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Analyzing Parrot's latest financial report
"Definitely don't invest in 3D printers."
Mar 3, 2017
Jack Crossfire posted a blog post

Make a software programmable fuse out of a 3DR BEC

Most power supplies these days have overcurrent protection, but for those of us too poor for anything besides a Mastech & who were left with an ancient, unused 3DR BEC after the world migrated to DJI, there is hope.  Instead of hacking the Mastech to detect its current limiting LED, it was decided to make a standalone fuse…See More
Mar 2, 2017
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Instructions for a sub-$100 autonomous rover using computer vision
"It's about time a laptop remotely controlling a vehicle was finally called cloud computing. "
Feb 2, 2017
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Hack/Race DIY Robocars this weekend in Oakland
"They did a good job clearing out the homeless people"
Jan 20, 2017
Jack Crossfire commented on Bart Theys's blog post Which one has the highest range: VTOL, helicopter, multi-rotor (or flying squirrel?)
"Suspect flying squirrels will provide wifi to starving ethiopians before Alphabet corporation."
Jan 12, 2017
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Volta extends from drones to autonomous cars
"They claim this is the BASE-1 rover driving itself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiE-ETVy7ok completely with just the webcam.  For the 1st time in 11 years, there's no mention of GPS.  It doesn't do a good job staying to the…"
Jan 7, 2017
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered ornithopter
"Impressive that the IMU still worked.  Still can't see any value in an autonomous ornithopter.  At least manual control gives you a vicarious feeling of being an animal."
Jan 5, 2017
Jack Crossfire commented on TenzinR's blog post Human Flying Drone
"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM-7h5I9yyA He finished the 360 video, but none of the airborne footage came out. "
Dec 23, 2016
Jack Crossfire commented on TenzinR's blog post Human Flying Drone
"Too bad he never mentioned how long it took to recharge between takes. Having the human underslung is the 1st practical arrangement.  All the others had blades on the verge of slicing the human.  He also got higher than anyone else."
Dec 21, 2016
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Measuring airspeed without an airspeed sensor
"It's basically a flight simulator which uses machine learning instead of aerodynamics & newton's equation.  The reason airliners can't use a flight simulator to double check their instruments is the amount of certification…"
Dec 17, 2016
Jack Crossfire commented on Collette Gregory's blog post Velodyne $50 U.S "Breakthrough" Solid State Lidar
"The press release was http://venturebeat.com/2016/12/13/velodyne-lidar-announces-breakthrough-design-for-miniaturized-low-cost-solid-state-lidar-sensors/ Basically, they're integrating the emitter & receiver on a single 4mm x 4mm $50…"
Dec 14, 2016
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Audi uses 1/8th scale autonomous rover to test full-size self-driving sofware
"Instead of simulating a 1:8 car on a 1:8 parking space, they should simulate a 1:64 car on a 1:8 road, with simulated shadows & obstacles.  It would accurately simulate the autonomous car most of us will actually have: a 1:8 car on a normal…"
Dec 8, 2016

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About Me:
Head of blog rambling.

The 1st 3 years of flying + more off topic posts are on http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=115141

Image processing, robotics, & aeronautics are on http://heroinewarrior.com

Most diy droners are RC modelers who just want to automate their favorite model plane. I came from an image processing, software, & robotics background, not an RC modeling background, so my focus is on flight control, image acquisition, & blogs that no-one reads.
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Make a software programmable fuse out of a 3DR BEC

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 9:17pm 0 Comments

Most power supplies these days have overcurrent protection, but for those of us too poor for anything besides a Mastech & who were left with an ancient, unused 3DR BEC after the world…

Evolution of the RC car exercise coach

Posted on April 30, 2016 at 6:58pm 7 Comments

It's been a long journey from the G-Buggy

to the failed balancer…


An entire neighborhood XMas lightshow from a quad

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 8:39pm 5 Comments

Holy subprime seasons.  While it was always possible for an entire neighborhood to synchronize its lights, it wasn't possible to actually see it until last year.  It's really a sight that cost a fortune until the rise of the quad, higher sensitivity cameras, & then the brushless gimbal.  Of course, flying a quad that high above a neighborhood is a very nerve…


Analysis of the follow cam problem

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 1:00pm 12 Comments

MikroKopter - FollowMe on the Wakeboard from Holger Buss on Vimeo.

The follow me concept using GPS is nothing new. It was demonstrated in 2008 at long range, with the normal lens cameras of the time.

Now, they're doing it at slightly closer ranges,…


The big 3 without editing

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 6:38pm 8 Comments

With so many unemployed programmers, it was only a matter of time before someone would try to free the bits & upload some videos. We'll see how long this lasts until the indy movie studios crush the rebellion. These videos covered what currently are the 3 mane copters, in a rare appearance without any editing.

Collinn was a lot more down to Earth than…


Comment Wall (10 comments)

At 6:54am on March 30, 2008, Howard Gordon said…
Interesting reading. I spent some time with your blog at rcgroups, noting in particular your application of artificial neural nets. I may have missed a jump in your progression, but are you still running the lwneuralnet on a gumstix ? Just wondering, as most neural net libraries use floating point, but the gumstix only has fpu emulation, which is not fast.

Reason I ask is that I converted a simple back prop library to integer math and built it into my firmware, but have just started to think about how to incorporate it into actual operation. As you already have real-world experience in integrating back prop functions, I wondered if you wanted to give the code a try (on the ground) to see if the integer approximations are sufficiently accurate. I map 0.0 : 1.0 into 0 : 1024. If interested, code is here. Let me know if you have a chance to experiment - I'd appreciate some feedback.
At 12:26pm on March 30, 2008, Jack Crossfire said…
Converted lwneuralnet to integer a long time ago. It worked for solving the neural network but not for back propagation. Back propagation required more precision & full range beyond 0-1. 2048 lookup table entries was the largest before the cache overflowed.
At 6:58am on November 28, 2008, Constantinescu said…
Please help me to find all details concerning the software and hardware of version 2 implementation on a T-REX450 with a laptop. I intend to reproduce that on my ECO8.Many thanks,Georges
At 12:26am on November 29, 2008, Constantinescu said…
Thanks for your answer. I alreadi recovered the archive. Could you please send me some more detals concerning the hardware(components, electric connections, procedures for preliminar adjustement of parameters, etc); something "pense bete" for a beginer in the field. Yours Georges
At 10:57pm on April 8, 2009, Harry Cheung said…
Yeah, I should have included that. Anyways, I added a link to the ublox module I have, it's this:

At 9:32pm on May 25, 2009, Zik said…
Hi Jack - thanks for your comments on picoc. Yes, it's still alpha quality at this stage. I'm still working on it pretty heavily but hope to reach a 1.0 release in the not too distant future.
At 9:38pm on October 17, 2009, Andy Geppert said…
Jack, any chance you're in flying in the bay area Sunday (the 17th)? I'm in the area this weekend and it would be cool to meet you and see your machine fly.
At 3:10pm on December 4, 2009, Sahil Jain said…
so Chris is from Sparkfun? and you're from...?

sorry, for asking these questions. I am trying to design a board that I want to sell in the $80-100 price range. so trying to understand the target costs. any help would be appreciated. Just for fun, not going to make any money on it. Thanks.
At 3:33pm on December 8, 2009, Jack Crossfire said…
Most of the people on diydrones sell products through Sparkfun. The standard arrangement is to add 40% to the price & Sparkfun adds another 40% to the price. It's no secret. A place like Cloudcap adds 1000% to the parts. Personally working in Indian outsourcing where they expect a 12 hour / 6 day commitment & if you're spending evenings selling your own product instead of your boss's, it better produce a 1000% return or you're out. All your time is company time in outsourcing.
At 3:55pm on December 6, 2010, Hamish said…
$5 per gyro axis? what ? where? gimme gimme gimme!

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