3D Robotics is thrilled to introduce the Follow Me feature, the latest adventure in autonomous flight. Follow Me mode allows you to be your own one-man aerial film crew: Capture yourself in action, with all the freedom of spontaneity and zero pre-planning, even when there’s no one around to helm the sticks for you. Just select “Follow” in DroidPlanner, strap on your Android phone or throw your tablet in your backpack, and your drone will follow wherever you go—and keep the camera trained on you the whole time! Place your Android device on another vehicle—say a car, boat, or rover—and Follow Me tracks that for you, too.
Best of all, it’s totally free from 3D Robotics, and it’s available today. You just need the beta of the new DroidPlanner 2.0 (free here) and the latest release candidate (3.2 RC 2) version of Arducopter (free here).*
To get the beta of DroidPlanner, please follow these instructions:
To get the latest release candidate of Arducopter, select "Beta software" from the firmware upload screen of Mission Planner or APM Planner.
Both of these will be coming out of beta in a few weeks (after the Sparkfun AVC), so if you'd rather not be using beta software, just sit tight and it will automatically come to you with the next public update.
Follow Me frees you to be yourself, by yourself. Happy flying!
*Please note that as advised in the warning notice in Mission Planner and APM-Planner 2, Beta versions and release candidates are by definition unstable and should only be used by expert operators and only to help the developers test the code during the pre-release test cycle in direct coordination with the developers. In those versions, bugs are very likely to be present and the operator should be aware of a significantly higher operational risk and choose location and operation modes for flights accordingly, as well as be prepared for the possibility of undesired behavior of the aircraft and even a catastrophic failure.
Thanks Chris, the link above does not work to allow joining. I can wait.
Greg. It's in the Beta. Please follow the instructions in the post above to join the beta program and get that. It will come out of beta in a week.
Am I the only one that can't find "Follow me" on DP2?
If others have found it please tell me where.
I have used follow me several times & when I switch it from loiter to follow me it seems to stay at the altitude I switched it from. I have also lowered it down before & it stayed. I think the leash length was when follow me came out the 1st time as I dont see it on dp2 beta. I could be wrong but you will probably see it on the full release soon.
i can't figure out how to adjust leash length and the altitude for the Follow Me mode. I'm using beta AC 3.2 RC2 and DP 2.5.1_RC2. Someone mentioned swiping right on the flight data screen in Droidplanner UI, but i don't see it.
Finally got 3.2 installed & recalibrated everything just to make sure.
Dan, as mentioned above, you need to turn on Advanced View to see that.
i dont see that option:
Dan: No, that's the beta of Mission Planner itself, not the flight code. The beta flight code is on the firmware loading screen, with the "beta firmware" link. Here it is in APM Planner (in Mission Planner you need to have Advanced View turned on in the menus to see it):
ok, hunted for Beta Firmware link in Mission Planner & found under the help tab a button green button that reads, "Check for Beta Updates". I clicked on in it & after disabling my virus protection I got it to download but it did not read 3.2 RC2 it read, "18.104.22.168".