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New - Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition (free)

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Microsoft has release a full featured version of Visual Studio 2013 free for open source projects or personal use and small business users.

This is great news for the the Visual Micro Arduino IDE plugin. The Visual Micro guide for APM is…


Added by AVS on December 1, 2014 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

How To Configure APM Debugging

Visual Studio is currently the only IDE capable of debugging any Arduino project and is also aware of the special APM Serial communications system called FastSerial.

Debugging a drone project requires functionality that exceeds what a…


Added by AVS on December 1, 2013 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Transformer Robot Car With Vision

Watch this transformer on YouTube…


Added by AVS on November 29, 2012 at 6:09am — 8 Comments

ArduPlane on Microsoft Channel 9

Microsoft and Arduino are normally worlds apart but on Friday of last week, ArduPlane was used as an example on "Channel 9". You can read the full article here

Today's Hardware Friday…


Added by AVS on November 26, 2012 at 6:28am — No Comments

APM - Open Source Examples

It is possible to explore and use the APM hardware without having to adopt the ArduPilot or ArduCopter code.

The DIYd open source community has provided a full set of examples which enable us to easily see how each hardware element works.

These examples will be found on the "File" menu in the Arduino IDE, or in the "Micro Explorer" in…


Added by AVS on November 23, 2012 at 7:02am — 3 Comments

Debugger - Change the Values of Variables on a Running Arduino

In May 2012 a unique serial debugger for Arduino was released in beta and has recently been updated to include the ability to change the values of variables while…


Added by AVS on November 12, 2012 at 6:40am — 17 Comments

How To Create APM Wall Charts (ArduPilot Diagram)

This WallChart.pdf is a first draft of an idea to provide diagrams of the relationships between the different modules of any Arduino drone project that new users can stick on the wall.

The pdf shows a map of how…


Added by AVS on October 15, 2012 at 7:37pm — 17 Comments

Graphical Display of APM Program Structure

The Class Diagram features of Microsoft Visual Studio provide the facility to show graphically any area of an Apm program. This is an ideal way for new users to understand how ArduPilot and ArduCopter code is designed. 


Microsoft Visual Studio provides a 100%…


Added by AVS on September 17, 2012 at 5:17pm — 22 Comments

FreeIMU 4.0 and MultiWii - Is your copter trusted enough to fly above your car in a confined space?

As a huge follower of Fabio and his excellent FreeIMU I thought it time to post an update. I am looking forward to playing with the final release. For those who don't already know Fabio, he is a pioneer and well worth following.


Extract from the blog...…


Added by AVS on May 16, 2012 at 9:00am — 62 Comments

Flying robots to build a 6-meter tower

 The FRAC Centre in Orléans, France will for the first time host an exhibition to be built entirely by flying robots. Titled "Flight Assembled Architecture," the six meter-high tower will be made up of 1,500 prefabricated polystyrene foam modules. The exhibition has been developed by Swiss architect Gramazio & Kohler and Italian robot designer Raffaello D'Andrea, to inspire new methods of…


Added by AVS on November 28, 2011 at 5:26pm — 6 Comments

The Kinect Accelerator – Microsoft is now backing Kinect-based start up companies

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The Kinect Accelerator – Microsoft is now backing Kinect-based start up companies

If you are a developer or existing team/startup focused on building a business that takes advantage of the Kinect and Natural User Interface technologies, then the Kinect Accelerator is where you need to be. Through this program, Microsoft is supporting…


Added by AVS on November 21, 2011 at 3:32am — 10 Comments

Visual Studio 2010 Professional Free Offer

It was already possible for students and teachers to obtain a free version of Visual Studio 2010 Professional but now this Microsoft offer has been extended to a number of other groups. One group being any individual who is thinking about becoming a web developer.


The extended Microsoft offer provides immediate download and 3 year license for a huge range…


Added by AVS on October 28, 2011 at 4:00pm — 24 Comments

A complete Arduino development system for Visual Studio 2008 and 2010

A few weeks ago the new version of the free Visual Micro addin for Visual Studio was released. The addin provides full featured, 100% compatible, arduino development inside all Visual Studio 2008 and 2010 versions (except for express). This release means that we can code, compile, upload and burn bootloaders to any Arduino microprocessor using Visual…


Added by AVS on October 22, 2011 at 12:30pm — 63 Comments

Ardu Gaui Copter

Waiting for my new copter legs I decided to see how the Jani copter could be adapted. The frame fits very well on the Gaui. I still have parts to add to the top but it works. I tried larger motors and 10" props but I need to raise two of the motors for this to work. So the picture shows the standard 10a esc and Gaui motors



Added by AVS on September 12, 2010 at 7:30am — 20 Comments

Spooky night flight with Jasons sim

I haven't heard much talk about Jasons sim which is strange because the more I use it the more I realise how good it is.

It is certainly the best tool to use when building your own gcs. Auto mode works brilliantly and "fly by wire" is a bit of fun. The sim automatically returns to base and then loiters once all the way points…


Added by AVS on July 17, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

ArduPilot and Jasons Sim. Realtime 3D


Added by AVS on July 13, 2010 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

Successful ground station communication field test today

I have a lot of work still to do adding graphic controls and mission planning via GSM/google. Both board options have an oboard SD card, both support touch screens, both run at 100mhz from a 5 volt supply. There are some much faster 3.3v versions (with 5 serial) due later this year that will make connecivity simpler.

Added by AVS on May 28, 2010 at 6:01am — 16 Comments


Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

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