[Update] DroidPlanner v0.4.0 - Ground Control Station for Android devices

I added RC control  via telemetry link to DroidPlanner, the new app (V0.4.0) will be on Google Play shortly.

 

First let me say that this isn't a replacement for your RC transmitter (at least for now), always keep your RC tx nearby. I want to use this to guide a plane in FBW mode, so the sensibility and latency of the telemetry links isn't so critical.

It is responsive but the touch screen is a bad interface for the user. Even using a mouse for control is better and gives a lower latency. I was planning to add support for USB Joysticks, but none of the crappy game-pads I had is recognized as an InputDevice by the Android OS. As soon as I find a supported Joystick I will implement it.

The setup used is this:

  • APM2.5
  • Chinese tablet running DroidPlanner
  • 3DRobotics telemetry modules, default settings (56k serial, 64k air)
  • EthernetGCS prototype.
  • A couple of servos
  • Dlink DI-524 WiFi router for the local network

 

Here is a video showing the delay caused by the telemetry and application, it isn't larger than MP on the same setup.

 

If you missed the last post, here is a video of Droidplanner doing an entire mission/planning:

 

And here is a picture of the current state of the EthernetGCS prototype (the final board will be 70x20mm, without the antenna):

 

Just a tip from diydrones user Rana:

The WiFly module from spark-fun works with the DroidPlanner App, and is a very simple setup since it plugs on a Xbee board. The module and be connected to the APM and be received by DroidPlanner trough a WiFi router or directly in adhoc mod (but adhoc this isn't tested yet).

 

I would like to thanks Craig from 3DRobotics for his support, and all the beta testers for their feedback. As always if you want to help consider donating for the project by buying this app, joining the development team, or reporting a issue/bug/improvement on GitHub.

For those who can't wait the update on Google Play I attached DroidPlanner_v0.4.0.apk.

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Developer
Comment by Arthur Benemann on March 27, 2013 at 4:15pm

I just made a video of DroidPlanner running simultaneously in multiple android devices. The EthernetGCS handles the multiple TCP connections.


Moderator
Comment by Roberto Navoni on March 27, 2013 at 4:19pm

Yes that's good also on VR Radio we are implement the control of drone with mavlink telemetry :)


Moderator
Comment by Roberto Navoni on March 27, 2013 at 4:22pm

The WiFly module have a limit range not so good for our application 


Developer
Comment by Arthur Benemann on March 27, 2013 at 4:37pm

I'm using 3DR telemetry with the EthernetGCS board to make the link to a local Wifi Network, I suggested the WiFly module since the hardware setup is very simple 

Is VR Radio open-source? Even if not are you willing to share those slick virtual joysticks?

Comment by Rana on March 27, 2013 at 6:32pm

Hi Arthur ! That's really great, is it the same version Which I tested late night on my setup at time when we were chatting ?

Roberto, adding over to what Arthur said, this module can very very easily hooked to a 1w or 2w wifi amplifier to give few ten's of km's range. In the following image, it's 2watt wifi amplifier hooked to the wi-fly module.


Developer
Comment by Arthur Benemann on March 27, 2013 at 6:37pm

Rana:Hi Arthur ! That's really great, is it the same version Which I tested late night on my setup at time when we were chatting ?

Well for me the afternoon was just starting. It's essentially the same, I just improved the UI before releasing to at google play.

Comment by Rana on March 27, 2013 at 7:07pm

Wonderful !

Comment by seif helal on March 29, 2013 at 1:52am

can it work with xbee?

Comment by Kirill on March 30, 2013 at 11:01am

Arthur, great job, thanks! I have a littile question. Is it possible to control using inclination of table (by accelerometers)?

Comment by Jared Reabow on March 31, 2013 at 2:03am
Can you not write a drive for the tablet so it directly recognizes the 3dr usb device?, it would make life so much easier and practical for use by android owners

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