Archos Gamepad support added to Andropilot 1.3.02

Hi ya'll,

I've added 'alpha test' support for the Archos Gamepad to Andropilot. I'll post a video soon and do a test flight with my Bixler before declaring it beta. Many thanks to Robert W, Earl C, Jack O, Linus P, Anthony G, Robert L, Jeremy Z and Rana for buying this tablet so I could develop this feature. I'll fly with it for the next few weeks and give occasional updates. I think it could be a winner for some applications, but it is not perfect.

Here's my mini review...

(For full history see Robert's great proposal)


  • Feels kinda cheap
  • No gps (so no 'follow-me' or 'lead-it' mode)
  • No bluetooth
  • Screen needs an antiglare sticker before it will be usable in the sun


  • $130-$180
  • Nice mode switching keys - I've set up/down arrow to cycle between the modes you selected as your six primary modes
  • Nice info tab keys - I've set left/right arrow to cycle between screens
  • Since R2 is just above your right joystick, I've bound that key to RTL as a 'panic' key
  • Right joystick - aileron & elevator - seems to have 'okay' resolution. I suspect just fine for FBW flying or nudging, possibly painful for manual. I'll report back after flight testing
  • Left joystick - throttle & rudder
  • The L1 switch is very handy - I have it set-up to toggle geofence
  • The 'start' button is by the right stick - press it to return joystick control to the RC transmitter

Misc notes on gamepad performance:

  • Any time the app gets relaunched (because you brought another app to the foreground) I turn the built-in joysticks off. The next time you use the sticks they will be enabled again.
  • When sticks are enabled/disabled the speech subsystem will make an announcement.


  •  If you don't want the integrated joysticks/buttons - I think you are probably better off with something approximately like the Nexus 7. However this is quite a fine tablet. After I've done some flying actually _using_ the sticks I can give feedback on if this could totally replace the RC transmitter.
  • If this is able to replace the RC radio it becomes a much more appealing offering.  TBD... ;-)


Downloads are up in the usual place.

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Comment by hector mora on April 6, 2013 at 9:49pm

Does your gamepad shut off automatically when you out it on stand by? mine does and its very irritating.

Comment by Kevin Hester on April 6, 2013 at 9:56pm

andropilot suppresses that behavior if you have a link up to a vehicle.

Comment by Earl on April 6, 2013 at 10:54pm

no BT....darn...wanted that for no dongle


Comment by Rana on April 7, 2013 at 8:56am

Wow, what a great day today, many of us were waiting for this ! Many many Congratulations Kevin !

Comment by Kevin Hester on April 7, 2013 at 4:40pm

I flew it today with my Bixler 2 and it worked pretty well.  The joysticks are too notchy for 'manual' flight except for some sort of emergency RC xmitter failure.  However FBW is fine.  I'll probably fly with this for a few weeks and firm up my opinion - if I decide it is not for me, I'll send an email out to the sponsors that kicked in money and pass this tablet to one of them.

Comment by Bob Winnicki on April 7, 2013 at 6:45pm
Well done.
Comment by Rana on April 7, 2013 at 8:03pm


Selected "Uplink (Send UDP to another Host), In Outbound host, entered the local IP address and in outbound port number 14550.

This is the local IP address of my PC which is wirelessly hooked to the Wi-Fi router and where Mission Planner is running, in which I have selected UDP interface and port number exactly what I have entered in the Andropilot Outbound port number 14550.

From the PC, I am able to ping the local IP address ( of my Tab IS709C. I have tried two different ports 14550 and 2000 but no success at all.

I have tried on Andropilot 1.2.16 and upto 1.3.03 but results are same.

Comment by Kevin Hester on April 7, 2013 at 9:25pm

Hi Rana,

No problem.  I'll try to repo your config this week and write up a section on the wiki with what I find.


Comment by Rana on April 8, 2013 at 5:26pm

Thank a lot Kevin, I shall wait for that.

Comment by Rana on April 13, 2013 at 7:08pm

Hi Kevin, tried 1.4.02 also but no success.


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