DroidPlanner Follow Me with APM2.5 3DR Radio kit and Samsung Galaxy 7.7 Tab

A very Successful test of the DroidPlanner Android App, connected through a 3DR Radio Kit and the 3DR APM2.5

Before taking off, I ensured that there is a proper connection between the APM and the Tablet and that both devices's GPS is locked. Then I take the drone up and put it in Loiter mode.

Follow Mode must be activated in the Settings of the app first. Then I turn on Follow mode. Warning, before turning on Follow Mode, make sure your transmitter is set to Loiter and that the throttle is up and not zero. Then remember to set the default height, I set mine to 6m in this video. The default is 100m so be careful otherwise your drone will shoot straight up.

I am extremely pleased with the performance of the follow mode, it works very well!

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Comment by Sean Whitney on June 12, 2013 at 11:33am

Does the the link you are using get 5v from your tablet?

Comment by Phil Ellerbroek on June 12, 2013 at 12:53pm

Awesome. Question for you. Say you were going down a hill or a mountainside on a bike. Will the craft follow and adjust elevation as well as follow your path? Will is adjust its speed to match your speed in case you speed up or slow down?


Comment by Phil Ellerbroek on June 12, 2013 at 12:54pm

Also, could you have settings to where it do not trail you but rather flew closer to you, perhaps even above you?

Comment by Arthur Benemann on June 12, 2013 at 2:39pm


Currently it will not adjust it's altitude while following you. It just goes to your current GPS location with the default height. It'll adjust the speed since it always try to go over you, it's like in auto mode, the further away the copter is from you the faster it goes.

There is some interesting features that will show up in the near future, so it's easier to do things like filming a person on a bike (and also make it more safe).

Comment by Arthur Benemann on June 12, 2013 at 2:41pm

If anyone want's to download DroidPlanner here is the link:


Comment by afernan on June 12, 2013 at 2:56pm
Congratulations Arthur. Can't wait to test it. I'll report you my experirnces. Thanks for your great GCS.

Comment by Steven on June 12, 2013 at 3:11pm

Very nice!  Would it also be possible to let it follow your path instead of taking shortest way ?


Comment by Arthur Benemann on June 12, 2013 at 4:07pm


We just need to find a way to implement it. Here is a discussion about a similar topic:


Comment by weelian soh on June 12, 2013 at 5:07pm


To be honest, I'm not sure how much voltage the Galaxy 7.7 tab supplies through the OTG USB cable. Judging from this video, I'm pretty sure it does supplies 5v. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngyBh0OZcpo

Comment by Steven on June 13, 2013 at 2:19am

@Arthur, thanks for that, that topic is indeed similair. 
I was thinking, lets say you are following a car on a winding road.
The drone is following a car on this road and for any reason it is lagging behind. (car has speed up, more wind etc)

In that case i would assume it speeds up and tries to go to the last gps point of the FollowMe right ?
If there are trees or any obsticles in the way, this would make things complex..

If the drone would follow the gps path as much as possible then at least you know it will follow the same winding road..  You follow me ?? ;)

Would this be possible ?  
The handheld device updates the drone with its latest gps point but the drone adds it to the bottom of a pathway list and then works down the list until he is at the last.
If no new points came within a minute, indeed the drone should land. (same case as lost signal)




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