DroneOS - Realtime UAV tracking via the web

We're a small startup working on a project for tracking and sharing the location of UAVs and drones in real time via the web. Flights are tracked by attaching a smartphone to a drone and distributing a URL which lets your friends follow your flights in realtime on a map in a web browser.

We've been focused on building and solidifying a backend system and API to support our iPhone application. (an Android app is in the works) We're interested in feedback from the community on what we got right / wrong and where we should take the project.

Take a look at http://droneos.com and sign up for the beta if you are interested in trying it out. We are at SXSW this week if you are interested in meeting up or DM us at @droneos via Twitter.

 

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Comment by Fabien Bruning on March 13, 2011 at 2:03pm

Cool, are you going to interface with the APM over serial?

 

I tried doing that once, but only got it working through the terminal, not with the serial framework.

Comment by Anders Brownworth on March 13, 2011 at 2:36pm
We'd love to do something like that. We are releasing an API wich should make this possible but we aren't ready to release yet. If you are interested in working on this with us, I'd definitely be interested in talking.
Comment by Russkel on March 13, 2011 at 5:17pm
Looks good, very Web 2.0... but how is this at all profitable?
Comment by Anders Brownworth on March 13, 2011 at 5:20pm
Don't know. I think the important things are to do what you are passionate about and make something people love.
Comment by Russkel on March 13, 2011 at 5:29pm
Good enough reason for me.
Comment by Doug Carter on March 13, 2011 at 5:36pm
I'll be d@mned before I would strap my phone to a drone of any kind. But if you are strapping your phone to a drone why not just code the software on the phone to use the phone GPS to tell the position instead of trying to integrate with the APM? Just thinking out loud.
Comment by Anders Brownworth on March 13, 2011 at 5:44pm
If you already have GPS and a way to the net, our API is the way to go. The iPhone idea might be better targeted to the ARdrone types without GPS. We're taking with some of the ground station folks about integrations. Thanks for the feedback.
Comment by lot on March 14, 2011 at 3:56am

wow!

Amazing!!

Comment by bergsprekken on March 14, 2011 at 4:15am

Do you get the height above ground from the gps data?

Ive been flying with my android phone strapped to my quad, works fine. Is the android app far into the future?

Comment by Anders Brownworth on March 14, 2011 at 11:38am
Not that far - we have working code but we need to update some authentication pieces. We are also working on an HTML5 version which should run in any smartphone with a webkit browser.

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