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.
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!