Patrick Duffy's Blog (12)

Thermal Imaging for your Drone on a Budget

This blog will describe how to add thermal imaging to your drone without breaking the bank! The above photo shows my drone with the thermal imaging camera, the FlirOne device, which is an inexpensive, lightweight thermal imaging camera designed for Android or IPhone devices.…

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Added by Patrick Duffy on May 6, 2017 at 12:13am — 69 Comments

Google Cardboard Head-Up Display for Android

Google Cardboard your Drone!

This is a new Android App for running a Heads Up Display on a SmartPhone using Google Cardboard glasses to hold the smart phone.

I have posted a free version on dropbox at …

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Added by Patrick Duffy on July 12, 2016 at 2:26pm — 17 Comments

Chinese drone maker Ehang Inc. Unveiled World's first drone capable of carrying a human passenger.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chinese drone maker Ehang Inc. on Wednesday unveiled what it calls the world's first drone capable of carrying a human passenger.

The Guangzhou, China-based company pulled the cloth off the Ehang 184 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the CES gadget show. In a company video showing it flying, it looks like a…

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Added by Patrick Duffy on January 6, 2016 at 4:26pm — 43 Comments

Ford issues $100000 challenge for developers to create drone to vehicle communication system

Here's the :Link

The news release said, "CEO Mark Fields said a goal is to set up a system, for example, where a United Nations emergency worker could launch a drone from an F-150…

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Added by Patrick Duffy on January 5, 2016 at 8:00pm — 27 Comments

Media panics over drone flying near Obama motorcade

"Drone Buzzes President Barack Obama's Motorcade in Hawaii"

Link here

Some guy, who received a drone for Christmas happens to be flying when Obama drives by, and the media goes…

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Added by Patrick Duffy on December 29, 2015 at 10:00pm — 36 Comments

How to control a GoPro Camera on APM/Pixhawk with a Raspberry PI using WiFi

This post will describe how to control a GoPro camera (usually mounted on a gimbal), via a Raspberry Pi with a USB WiFi dongle. 

The ideal Raspberry PI for this setup is the A+ model because it is small and has the needed single USB port for the WiFi dongle. 

Parts List:

1 GoPro…

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Added by Patrick Duffy on May 10, 2015 at 3:52am — 101 Comments

How to run a MAV-Link Heads Up Display on Android or Windows with HD video

This is a new Android App for running a Heads Up Display on a SmartPhone or table computer or Windows. It's available on the Google Play store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.qtproject.qtgstreamer

If you want to side-load, I have posted a…

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Added by Patrick Duffy on February 16, 2015 at 9:38am — 71 Comments

How to setup a Mission Planner HD-Video HUD using GStreamer and Mission Planner plugins

This blog is a continuation of my previous post.

How to build a High-Definition FPV UAV using a Rasperry PI with HD camera, using a high speed WiFi link

This post will discuss how to use GStreamer and…

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Added by Patrick Duffy on November 5, 2014 at 10:55am — 388 Comments

Part 2: How to build a High-Definition FPV UAV using a Rasperry PI with HD camera, using a high speed WiFi link

Part Two: Here is the original picture of the finished product:

This is the second part of a 2-part series on 'How to build a High-Definition FPV UAV using a Raspberry PI with HD camera, using a high speed WiFi link.

In my first post on the subject (located …

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Added by Patrick Duffy on September 29, 2014 at 12:00pm — 762 Comments

How to build a High-Definition FPV UAV using a Rasperry PI with HD camera, using a high speed WiFi link

After 3 months of research, picking a platform, and building my own HD FPV rig, I decided to write this blog to share my experience. I have been flying FPV for about a year now, and this was the most fun project yet! 

Here is a picture of the finished product:

The platform I picked was the Hobby King 'Go Discover' FPV flying wing. There are many other…

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Added by Patrick Duffy on September 28, 2014 at 9:00pm — 43 Comments

How to build an FPV Antenna tracker for use with Mission Planner

For anybody interested in improving the range of your FPV and the quality of the signal (and still stay FCC legal), and antenna tracking could be for you. After looking around for a 'stock' solution I decided to build one myself. Above is a photo of the final product.

I am using the 5.8Ghz band for my FPV configuration, and this keeps the antenna small and the entire package very compact and portable. There are two stock full-size servos and a servo base that…

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Added by Patrick Duffy on May 2, 2014 at 9:00pm — 68 Comments

Using CH-Products Flight Yoke (Joystick) to remote pilot your APM plane

For anybody interested in using a joystick or flight yoke to pilot your ArduPlane, I have successfully configured the CH-Products 'Flight Yoke' to work with a Spektrum DX6i using a PPM converter and a script written for the yoke that will allow you to change flight modes from the yoke using the buttons and the programming language supplied with the yoke…

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Added by Patrick Duffy on May 1, 2014 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

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