Sometimes there's just no good place to mount the external LED to on a copter or one simply wants more light output... While developing my own little light controller, I wrote a decoder which decodes the I²C control signals for the external LED and controls arbitray amounts of Neopixels accordingly.…Continue
This is the first version of my mode switch holder for the Taranis. It fits the Hobbyking / X-Rock mode switch. It mounts in place of the left slider (I pretty much never use the sliders). A hole to route the cables is included in the design. This version still is a little…Continue
Very interesting talk from the DefCon conference about attacking drones.
Just stumbled over this... Devin Graham aka. Devin Supertramp, who is one of the top successful YouTube creators, used a Solo as a character in his latest viral video.
Yesterday, I was preparing for a rather simple auto mission. I set everything up, did a last minute change to CH7_OPT, then positioned my IRIS on a nice place for takeoff. I armed in LOITER and raised the throttle. The IRIS lifted off to about 50cm and started drifting to the right.I tried to steer against with no effect. I switched through modes…Continue
A friend asked me if I could help him and his fellow birders of Lokkisaari ry out and take some aerial images of a bird reserve they are maintaining. Of course, I was happy to help!
Those guys are doing an…Continue
I ran into this on Youtube and thought, I'd share it. For once, it's no flying thing for a change and second, I think, among all this politics and regulation stuff which recently dominates this site, it would be nice to see some really cool (and cute) usage of robots again.
Brian Matherly, one of the developers of the MLT video processing framework started working on an NDVI postprocessing plugin which will make it very easy to create NDVI composite videos from infrablue or other IR/VIS footage.
There already is a working proof of concept at…Continue
For a few dollars you can buy replacement lenses without IR cut filter for popular FPV cameras and also IR passthrough filters from eBay. Additionally, many digital cameras can be modified for IR recording by simply removing the IR cut filter from the sensor. As a result you get very pinkish footage.
I have written about the postprocessing of IR…Continue
As there's surely a relation between the maker scene and the UAV scene, I thought that might be interesting.
Fenner Drives came out with pretty tough but flexible TEP filament for 3D-printing a couple of months ago. I can imagine a ton of applications for this stuff in UAVs, like anti-vibration mounts or protective shells for autopilots, cameras,…Continue
Dear Jamie, Adam, Tori, Kari, Grant and production crew,
I'm a huge fan and watch your show since the first episode!
I'm sure you have by now noticed the dire situation in which not only us "drone"-hobbyists but in fact all…Continue
A couple of days ago, I finished integrating the Flight Illusion altimeter into my library and the MAVLink interface. I had a few issues talking to the gauge, specifically, controlling the displays but that's solved at the moment.
I have some additional video created with playing TLOGs from droneshare.com but my video editor is on strike, so those videos…Continue
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A few days ago, I already wrote an article about our "Apple of the drone manufacturers", DJI and it's new no-fly zones. Now it's time to have a little more detailed look at their idea.
What DJI did was introduce no-fly zones of 8km (5 miles) around "major airports". I already noted, that…Continue
I haven't been posting anything in ages - and about as long have I been pretty busy with other stuff but now I finally had the time and peace to continue working on the flight instruments integration. Here's a little video of the progress.
I still have to iron out a few minor issues but basically it's working, so I hope, I can go to the next gauge soon,…Continue
You all might remember my integrated groundstation project, which I started earlier this year. Based on this project, I started integrating flight instruments from Dutch manufacturer Flight Illusion.…Continue
As many others, I have bought some "clone products" from RC-timer in the past, simply because some stuff is pretty cheap there. Now, I got the bill for that and learned that paying less often means paying double.
Earlier this year, I bought two MinimOSD clones from RC-Timer. One went to my copter and the other for the moment into storage for another project. Several weeks later, I…Continue
Here in Finland - as in many European countries - Search and Rescue missions are carried out under the authority of the police but mainly by volunteer organizations, such…Continue
Ferdinand aka. EndOfDays did it again!
His latest project is an X8 with 8x T-Motor U8 with 29" propellers.
To test the motors' performance and efficiency, he fixed up an X4 quad frame from aluminum. His first test was already impressive: 4kg frame, 4kg batteries (8S) and 4kg payload = 12kg TOW - overall flight time: 44 minutes.
On my multicopter, I have a Boscam HD19 camera. This camera was explicitely developed for use on UAVs and has some interesting functions, like live video out, full HD recording and taking photos. The recording functions can also be controlled via the UAV's remote control, which makes it especially useful. The stock lens is very wide-angeled and - in my opinion - not of excessively good…Continue