When we were first starting with IMU-based autopilots, the first thing we did was fly Jordi to spend a week with Bill Premerlani to understand the DCM and port it to Arduino. That was a great start, but we didn't really understand sensor fusion and filtering until we were lucky enough to hook up with Jose Julio, who is an international IMU rockstar (at least to us ;-)). 
You've seen his awesome demos. Now meet The MAN!
Name: Jose Julio
Home: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
DIYDrones role: I started on Diydrones as developer on ArduIMU project. I was developing my own autopilot and found this community. Then I started to testing new hardware and developing (with Jordi) some of the libraries of APM (APM_RC, APM_ADC, DataFlash, APM_BMP085...) then I started as developer of ArduCopter project (mainly old ArduCopter NG version).
Recently I have running out of time for this projects (family matters) but the team (mainly Jason in Arducopter project) have been pushing hard, well done! 
Day Job: I work in a company that produce and publish Geographic Information.
Background: I have been playing with electronics as long as I can remember. Robots are my passion. I studied Computer Science and I was teaching robotics at local university.
Interests:  I´d like robotics and R/C worlds and I have been always involved on funny DIY projects.
Some projects to show:
Maybe the project that I am most proud is the Robot Ping Pong player that I developed in 1999. I used a PC (Pentium 166Mhz) to implement a real time 3D vision system with only one camera (webcam style camera) using the image of the ball and its shadow to calculate the 3D position of the ball (simple and cheap). The robot was constructed using big servos.

We are lucky to be able to design and develop the "toys" we dreamed when younger...
Thanks to this great community and the great developers team!

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Comment by Sky Monkey on October 12, 2011 at 8:13pm

OK - excellent biography! 

But now you ABSOLUTELY must tell us about that fantastic ping-pong contraption.  I, for one, am totally amazed!

Comment by Jani Hirvinen on October 12, 2011 at 8:14pm

It has always been a pleasure to work with Jose. And he has all those funny toys that he plays with :)


Jose should be make more of those pingpong games...


Comment by Randy on October 12, 2011 at 8:36pm

IMU Rock star is right on the money.  Right after the most recent baby I was worried we'd lost him.  It's super awesome news that he's back!


That pingpong thing is fantastic.  As a minimum that'll definitely get you onto a Japanese gameshow.  Ai-chan, japan's olympic ping-pong champion vs your robot.

Comment by Dimitar Kolev on October 12, 2011 at 11:49pm

Great video :-) (as always, I remember the quad tennis one).

Last three years I was visiting Tenerife(Los Christianos), but never know Jose is living there. Great place to live and to have a work you enjoy.

Comment by Cliff Dearden on October 13, 2011 at 12:58am

Great game Jose and great place to live, I've been there a few times [love the view of the other islands from the

top of Mt. Teide] Keep up the good work.

Comment by Antonio on October 13, 2011 at 3:34am

Jose Julio your are the man!!!!!

Comment by Jose Angel on October 13, 2011 at 3:38am

I started in the multirotor world a year ago because of JoseJulio's tiny arducopter. It was my inspiration...

So, my gratitude to him (and the rest of the team)

Jose Julio, we miss you....


Comment by Sandro Benigno on October 13, 2011 at 4:29am

Jose, your work is always an eye candy. Because it's beautiful and, furthermore, because you are the enthusiastic  brain kid talking. Not a snippy guy.
In other words you are the kid who every adult wants to be when grown up.
I'm a big fan of you, brother.

Comment by Mark Colwell on October 13, 2011 at 6:55am

Jose you rock! Your mini Quad & IMU work help the pace of all ArduPilot development, Thank You ! 

Comment by Kirill on October 13, 2011 at 12:23pm

Jose, amazing projects! I was very pleased to read a bio about you.

Who knows, maybe some day we will see an ArduCopter playing ping pong :)


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