FIND MY DRONE iPhone App Published in App Store

Pleased to announce today that my new App FIND MY DRONE is now available in the App Store. FIND MY DRONE is a FREE App that connects your iPhone to your personal UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) using the popular MAVLink protocol.

Watch this space, FIND MY DRONE will soon be followed by MAVPilot, a ground control station for your pocket.

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Comment by Hugues on May 30, 2013 at 2:32pm
Just downloaded the app on iphone. How do you enter manually the lat/long coordinates? I click, touches all over the screen, i can't find it.

Comment by Bill Bonney on May 30, 2013 at 2:57pm

@Hugues: The settings are in part of the Settings App from Apple.

Comment by Robert McC on May 30, 2013 at 6:52pm

Bill: Great app! looking forward to your WIFI instructions as I have all of the hardware you speak of for testing etc.

Comment by Bill Bonney on May 30, 2013 at 7:00pm

@Robert: See for instructions on the WiFi to 915/433Mhz 3DR Radio bridge. 

I haven't mentioned on my site yet, that you can directly connect a RN-XV WiFly to your APM using a XBee adapter. This works for close range, but the WiFi to 915Mhz bridge is a much better option for in the field.

Comment by Robert McC on May 30, 2013 at 7:10pm

Bill: Thanks. Will fire up the RN-XV/3dr radio combo and give her a try. Looking forward to your next app.

What version of firmware are you running on the RN-XV?

Comment by Hugues on May 31, 2013 at 12:05am


I may be very dumb but i do not get the concept :

-the idea is to find your drone when lost, thus by definition when it flew faraway from the pilot and fell somewhere in the field. This means that the drone is then WAY OUT of reach of wifi range.

-So I do not get the wifi-telemetry radio bridge thing ? can you draw a full scheme for me from APM telemetry port to the Iphone ? I just don't get it.

thx and sorry for a dummy question

Comment by dr0n3droid on May 31, 2013 at 2:10am
Comment by Sebastian Gralla on May 31, 2013 at 7:39am

Hugues: APM with 3DRadio -> 3DRadio on the ground which is connected to wifi -> phone

Bill: will the Fighting Walrus Radio be supported?

Comment by Dwgsparky on May 31, 2013 at 7:48am

Like many I am also struggling with the communication path for this to work.

I understand the APM - 3dr in the UAV but I have a ground station (with the other 3dr ) that I use every flight. Does the APP simply listen in on this GCS -APM conversation and pick out the GPS locations? I thought that the 3DRs are paired up with a code and that they only work as a point to point system, ie no extra receiver. Still baffled. !!

Comment by Bill Bonney on May 31, 2013 at 8:22am

Thanks for all the comments.

@Hugues: The link is iPhone using WiFi to the RN-XV WiFi module (it's a tiny WiFi Router) which resends the data over the 3DR Ground Radio to the 3DR Air Radio.

@Dwgsparky: It currently does not have a feature to listen in on the MAVLink message between another GCS like Mission Planner. The idea is that if you are not using a GCS you could use this instead, but still be sure you can find your drone. (bit see comment to @all below) 

@Sebastian: I haven't spoken with the Fighting Walrus Team yet, but there is no technical reason I cannot support it in the App. I do have a Bluetooth Low Energy solution in the works that allows a simpler connection from the iOS device to the 3DR Radio.

@all: This is a standalone app, but the functionality will be integrated into the MAVPilot GCS, a ground control station for you pocket. Is this scenario there will be no need for a laptop in the field. Please register an interest if you would like to be part of the Alpha/Beta test of the product using the link found on this page here


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