Features you would like to see in ArduPilot GCS

I am pleased to report that ArduPilot ground station ( LabVIEW ) team is getting up and going.

Our first objective is to clean-up the code a bit, make it more robust, and easier to add new functionality.

Over time request for ground station features have been mentioned in few threads, and I would like to consolidate them in one place.

What ground station features would you like to see or change?

For example:

1. kml logging : log lat, lon, alt

2. voice synthesis : periodically announce status (way point, alt, speed); announce status through selected flight levels

3. A choice of different graphic layouts, specially for the Horizon Indicator, something that would resemble more real aircraft instruments

4. Change colors to get more contrast on sunny days

5. Label baud rate settings for different GPSs so you don't have to remember (uBlox=38k; EM406 = 57k)

6. Distribute the executable as a .app (not just .exe) so that Mac users can try it.

7. Object tracking - once we have video support

8. Show a 3d model representation of the plane

9. online & offline maps support (google maps, OziExplorer,...)

10. Data logging - preferably user selectable parameters

- add your request

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Comment by Jonathan Cohn on January 10, 2010 at 12:44pm
@automatik, LabVIEWs iMAQ (image aquisition) toolkit provides object tracking support, but unfortunately I think it needs a run time license in order to be used in deployment. I'll take a look.

On another note, i'd like to see video recording capabilities along with sensor recordings synced via timestamp. so you can scrub through a recorded flight video and understand what sensors and servos were reading.
Comment by Mark B on January 10, 2010 at 12:52pm
jon- yes, the imaq toolkit would require runtime licenses. So the best option would be to develop our own algorithms (or if you are feeling really sadistic- wrap the openCV libraries in VIs. Not a laughing matter!)
Comment by automatik on January 10, 2010 at 1:01pm
@Jonathan and Mark B. - I love iMAQ's functionality and vision toolkit, but yes, it does require a license ( just went through that at work...). So openCV, or some sort of .NET integration, or ....This is a good subject to think about - we are taking ground station development one step at the time so video integration is not on the top of the list (but we all can see it coming :) )
Comment by Vlad on January 10, 2010 at 2:04pm
google maps & offline maps support
Comment by automatik on January 10, 2010 at 2:26pm
@ Vlad - "google maps & offline maps support "
what offline maps did you have in mind?
Comment by Vlad on January 10, 2010 at 2:33pm
@ automatik
like in OziExplorer for example - scanned maps.

Comment by Doug Weibel on January 10, 2010 at 3:51pm
My number 1 request - ability to log any and all telemetry received! Not just klm. If you want to get fancy let the user determine which parameters to log. Thanks!
Comment by automatik on January 10, 2010 at 4:03pm
@ Doug - good call ! That was exactingly my thinking with regards to logging. I was just waiting for community to sound it off :)
Comment by Jonathan Cohn on January 10, 2010 at 4:13pm
WIth regards to datalogging. id like to be able to view previously taken data from within the application for the purpose of annotating certain areas of interest. therefor this file can be uploaded to the community and can contain all the information and comments needed for a forum discussion
Comment by Abishek Hariharan on January 10, 2010 at 11:29pm
oh yes, object tracking and a mission progress bar would be neat .


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