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  • MR60

    The Asctec drone are described in details on their web site. What I find amazing is the AUW of 2.2kg for a V shape octo carrying max 1kg of payload: that means an octo weighing 1kg !! Impressive flight wind resistance results from such little weight (two times what APM can do).

    They also developed two interesting AP features we do not have on APM copter: ability to keep position and orientation whatever the local magnetic field is (APM is very weak on this and causes lots of FlyAway's by loosing sense of direction) and sensors data deviation analysis (safety feature that warns the pilot as soon as a sensor's data deviates too much from a baseline). 

    Maybe things to take in pixhawk fc future releases to improve safety?

  • btw, I was following Johnny Lee for six years now. Here you can see, how it all begun before tango:

    @Gary Mortimer : can you write a little more about your experience with Asctec machines?

    Johnny Chung Lee - Projects - Wii
  • Looks like a mix of color thresholding and camera calibration techniques to obtain positioning (hence the specific objects in the camera's view)--that seems to be the rage in research nowadays (vision based techniques different from SLAM).

  • I think they are just using its internal sensors gyros etc and not the camera . Anyway with its capabilities it would make excellent indoors autonomous navigation
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    It is a little more than that is it not Jack?? A better Kinect maybe

  • Let's see it facing a blank wall.  At least it wasn't called called project "Kinect in a phone".

  • This is insane! For those that aren't familiar with Project Tango, here is a video on YouTube:

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