Hello fellow DIY Drones members, I'm excited to announce our Fighting Walrus Radio project on indiegogo.  We are crowdfunding a hardware accessory that allows you to use your iOS device as a ground station.


Key Features
  • Communicates with MAVLink devices
  • Compatible with 3D Robotics telemetry radios (433 and 915 MHz)
  • Open-source software
  • Rugged Metal Design
  • Compatible with iPads and iPhones

Check out our indiegogo page here: 


Engadget Expand
Chris Anderson is speaking tomorrow at Expand on "Robopocalypse: Now" from 11:15am-12:30pm
We will be doing a flying demo outside of the Expand pavilion at 12:30pm (At Fort Mason in San Francisco)
We also have a booth in the "Indie Corner" if you want to come check us out.


For DIYDrones, By DIYDrones
Since we got into the Made-For-iPod program we've been kicking around the idea of making a drone-compatible device.  When Claudio Natoli posted his proof-of-concept iOS app, the project moved into high gear.


Check out Claudio's original post here:


With the jump start on the software we were able to focus on hardware and mechanical design, allowing us to go from concept to Crowdfunding prototype in two and a half months.


Open Source Software
In the spirit of the DIYDrones community, we are making the iOS software open-source.  You can find the source code for the app here http://github.com/cnatoli/iGCS  Feel free to send us a pull request!


Other upcoming events we will be attending:
March 23-24th -- Innov8tive Designs First Annual Multirotor Challenge


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Comment by Duran - ALTI on March 17, 2013 at 11:42pm

Brilliant Bryan! Goos to see it up and going now! Pretty sexy quadcopter you're flying there ;)

Comment by Duran - ALTI on March 17, 2013 at 11:42pm


Comment by Andrew Aarestad on March 19, 2013 at 7:54am

Thanks for your support and feedback everyone!  We are looking forward to using one of our beta radios to program our flight path at AVC...

Also I wanted to apologize for the confusion regarding shipping prices etc.  We've been working with Indiegogo and are back to having just a single perk for buying a radio.  (No more "Non-US Fighting Walrus Radio")  Our plan is to send our funders a survey when the unit are ready (September) asking which frequency they want (915 or 433).

Comment by Joshua Johnson on March 19, 2013 at 10:52pm

Andrew thanks for the comment on my page!  I'd be more then happy to help gather people in our area (Minneapolis, MN) to demo and help assist you folks on your great product!  Let me know what I can do on my end of things to help you guys out and I'll do my best.

Comment by David Long on March 20, 2013 at 8:20am

Can you show how it will attach to an iPhone?

Comment by Mike Machado on March 20, 2013 at 10:08am

Does this fit on all models of the ipad? I'm still rocking an iPad version 1 and it would be cool to have an extra ground station! 

Also, I would like to use the ipad ground station along side my laptop doing more intensive data logging. If both groundstations can be connected at the same time, that would be awesome!

Comment by Michael on March 20, 2013 at 6:51pm

Excellent idea! Just need one for windows phone 8! Maybe I will get for my ipad, but it would be nice for my cell phone!

Comment by Bryan Galusha on March 20, 2013 at 7:04pm

Here is some pics to hold you over.  Will shoot video in the morning.  I don't have a nice light, and it is raining in San Francisco.

We expect about a 80% reduction in size on the back piece (nicknamed the diving board) from prototype to production.  We left room for extra debug, and jumper wires.

Comment by Bryan Galusha on March 20, 2013 at 7:04pm

(The iPhone4 is my daily driver)

Comment by Bryan Galusha on March 20, 2013 at 7:06pm

Sadly no right now we don't plan to support the iPad 1.  Mechanically it is so thick and rounded on the back, that it is a problem for our design.  We did recently add a list of supported devices to our product description page.

Will test the laptop and FWR thing, get back to you on that one.  I think that should work. 


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