Voice Controlled APM 2.5 Project?

Is this a project you would like to tackle as a community and is this a project you would like to see become more serious?!  As a community would you like me to build a discussion or group around this project?! Let me know what you think.

Voice Controlled Takeoff Video

Link to Voice Controlled APM 2.5 Project Discussion

Voice Controlled AR. Drone Blog By - John Wiseman

Link to HobbyTron Webpage Featuring the Voice Controlled Heli

Helicopter's Product Description:

Get your hands on the GYRO Heli command 3.5CH Electric RTF Voice Control RC Helicopter. You can actually control the movements of this amazing helicopter with your voice! Use voice commands like "Take Off" and "Turn Around" to control the helicopter. There are a total of 16 voice commands that you can speak into the included headset as well as a full function transmitter. Use both voice and transmitter controls at the same time for a new and unique way to fly your RC Helicopter. It can also be operated with two people at the same time with one using the Transmitter and one using the Headset! The Heli command features a coaxial rotor and a single rear rotor for precise movement and increased stability whether flying or hovering. This RC helicopter has a metal body making it strong yet light weight so you don't have to worry about breaking anything when you land it a bit too rough. It can go forward, backward, up, down, left, right and hover. At 8 inches long, an 8 inch wingspan and at 4 inches high this RC is the perfect size for indoor use! This product is suitable for ages of 8 and up and is ready to fly, there is no assembly necessary. The Heli command's integrated rechargeable battery charges off the transmitter, all you need to do is put 6 AA batteries (not included) into the transmitter and you're good to go. A must have for fans of helicopters, get the GYRO Heli command 3.5CH Electric RTF Voice Control RC Helicopter today!


  • Electric Powered
  • Built In GYRO
  • 3.5CH Transmitter
  • Coaxial Main Rotor
  • Single Rear Rotor
  • Metal Construction
  • Ready To Fly
  • Voice Commands:
    • Take Off
    • Fly Up
    • Fly Down
    • Backward
    • Forward
    • Turn Left
    • Turn Right
    • Turn Around
    • Spiral Up
    • Drop Down
    • Dance
    • Three Point Maneuver
    • Circle Strafe
    • Orbit
    • Drift Maneuver
    • Double Dash


  • GYRO Heli command 3.5CH Electric RTF Voice Control RC Helicopter
  • IR Transmitter
  • Headset
  • Spare Rotors


  • Length: 8 Inches
  • Wingspan: 8 Inches
  • Height: 4 Inches

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  • I added a discussion that't a clone of the blog.  I'm going to edit it up to include more links to possible ways we could achieve a Voice Operated APM 2.5


  • Developer

    It shouldn't be that hard to implement voice commands on the Android GCS that I'm developing (DroidPlanner), I added this as a issue on the github project page.

    My thoughts are to implement basic commands trough voice recognition, commands like:

    • Change flight mode
    • Set current Waypoint
    • Query drone status ( remaining battery, altitude, flight speed)

    But this is on low priority right now.

  • Control of the on board video System, Flight Modes, Arm/Disarm or any functions that are normally control with a switch or knob on the transmitter. Personally, I have personal issues with taking my fingers off the joysticks. :)

  • Can you think of some other actions where voice control could help without impairing safety?  Also the voice controlled heli I bought and have been using can be controlled simultaneously using voice and IR Controller for safety. 

  • Richie I'm creating a discussion and possibly a group here soon based on this project to further the progress of the current voice recognition capabilities of MAV and the APM 2.5.  I will update the blog with the appropriate links to the group and discussion.

  • Ground stations functionality or any action on the drone that does not impair safety, is fair game in my opinion. :)

  • What about using voice commands to operate with a ground station?  Voice recognized way-point selection and much more? 

  • Law Enforcement? Hmmm, that is a very good question. I would think a command set would be good as in "take a picture", but the actual flight control? No.

  • @Richie,  Do you think voice operated drones would be useful to law enforcement, people with disabilities, etc?

    Dragon Dictation is actually another system I've been messaging around with on my ipod touch hoping to learn more about it.  Have you tried to configure and play around with dictation?

  • @Joshua, I really do not know about that or how the xbox handle background noise. I do know my dictation system is very subjective to background noise.

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