The PX4Flow smart camera board will be released in a few weeks (designed by ETH, manufactured by 3D Robotics). There will be a ROS library to drive it, along with the PX4 libraries, Lionel Heng from the ETH Computer Vision and Geometry site announced on the ROS news site

I would like to submit a new repository for indexing:

This repository currently contains a ROS package for interfacing to the soon-to-be-released PX4Flow optical flow board (coming soon from 3D Robotics). We have plans to add a ROS interface to the PX4FMU autopilot, and software for MAV autonomy as showcased in our recent IROS paper ( ) in the coming weeks ahead.

Best Regards, Lionel Heng

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 16, 2012 at 6:47am

I can see clearly now, exciting times ahead!

Comment by Martijn van Gene on October 16, 2012 at 10:20am
Wow! I think I know what I need for Christmas :)
Comment by Todd Hill on October 16, 2012 at 3:02pm

Where is the firmware currently at for the PX4 multicopter (pre-alpha, alpha, beta, etc.)?  

Comment by wraith on October 16, 2012 at 3:55pm

hi will this flowboard work with the apm

Comment by Todd Hill on October 16, 2012 at 4:00pm

Pretty sure it won't.  The Flow board has a Cortex M4F CPU on it.  I think there would be major compatibility issues with the current APM.

Comment by Greg Fletcher on October 16, 2012 at 4:29pm

Of course this board will work with an APM. Someone just needs to write the firmware. It is a stand alone board that can link to another board like APM. Everything is totally open source, so I think firmware will show up pretty quick. Or you could DIY.

Comment by Todd Hill on October 16, 2012 at 5:02pm

I really don't see this being used on the current APM.  Maybe the next version, but wouldn't be the first time I was wrong.  Hopefully I am:)

Comment by Flying Monkey on October 17, 2012 at 2:22pm

Looks like a camera...?

Comment by Todd Hill on October 17, 2012 at 2:38pm

What advantages would it offer over using the current Optical flow sensor on the current APM.  It just seems to me like it would be putting a high-end sensor cluster and dashboard in a late model Ford Taurus.  Not saying that its not possible, just don't see the point.  Enlighten me.       

Comment by Todd Hill on October 17, 2012 at 3:03pm

Sorry typo, should have been "flow sensor with the current APM".  


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