Note: This video is available in 1080p. Use it!


I finally have an update on the object tracking software I started back in these two posts:


Here is whats new:

1. Added support for the Pololu Maestro USB Servo Controller (Thanks Chuck!)

2. Added tunable PID controller that takes the X/Y error and converts it into an output for the USB servo controller



1. Add zoom (this will be tricky)

2. Add option to select either 360 degree servo or regular fixed position servo

3. Test outdoors with real tripod mounted gimbal

4. Polish up the UI and provide a beta copy to you guys!


It is coming along nicely! I am really happy with the software so far. As soon as I have a field test I will post another video. Also, I am still planning on integrating it into the mission planner. Time has been scarce (it always is).


Anything you would like to see? Just leave a comment.



Adam Rivera

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Comment by Adam Rivera on February 15, 2012 at 10:19pm

By the way I apologize for the shaky video. A stabilized version can be found here:

It is processing now but should be available shortly.

Comment by Ellison Chan on February 15, 2012 at 10:35pm

Great stuff Adam!

You need to have two camera and two gimbals, so that you can take stabilized video of yourself demonstrating the stabilization code. ;-)

Comment by Adam Rivera on February 15, 2012 at 10:47pm

Hah! I knew someone would crack that joke... I thought of posting it myself. :-) Yes yes... i know... the first video pretty well sucks in the department of shaky-ness. Sorry! The one in my comment was auto-stabilized by youtube.. should be much better.

Glad you liked it though. Thanks!

Comment by Yusuf Onajobi on February 16, 2012 at 1:21am

When do you hope to finish up and incorporate this into the MAVLINK?


Comment by Ryan Beall on February 16, 2012 at 4:26am

Adam, Michael Oborne and I are attempting to implement this in Planner and Mavlink.  Hit us up so we can collaborate and get this working through APM

Comment by JP on February 16, 2012 at 6:21am

That is so cool! Awesome work, can't wait to test it out and see the mission planner integration.

Comment by Yusuf Pirgali on February 16, 2012 at 11:34am

Hi Adam, this is great work.! thought you might be too busy what with your new arrival.. :-) I hope we can get the code once it is finished..!

Comment by ionut on February 16, 2012 at 12:03pm

This Pololu Maestro USB Servo Controller looks like the Arduino version of PIC micropro

Comment by Adam Rivera on February 16, 2012 at 12:45pm

Wow.. lots of comments to respond to

@Yusuf Onajobi: I HOPE to get it done within a month. But... we all know how things go :-)

@Ryan: I am very curious what method you guys are using to track objects. What have you done with it so far?

@JP: Thanks!

@Yusuf Pirgali: Thank you.. I have been very busy with the new arrival :-D I am looking forward to posting back here with something testable.

Comment by Max Levine on February 16, 2012 at 2:35pm

Grate Work !!!!

BTW can you please share some info about that camera gimbal ? 


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