Nano Quadcopter(s)

August 2013

This project will provide me some basic applied knowledge specific to quad copters. I intend to work on some of the undeveloped features of the sensors to challenge myself and refine my vision of this project. More importantly, I want to use this as a functional foundation to support my idea with the Arduino Cell Phone project. Currently I am researching the firmware, communication protocols, and hardware associated with the CrazyFlie Nano Quadcopter. Apparently, there are existing designs to mount cameras to provide computer vision features. I think these features could be scaled to work well with a device similar to Google Glass. I need to conduct further research into wearable computing to find a way to connect all the devices with a uniform interface to simplify implementation across platforms.

Update (12-28-13):
After doing the initial research, I think an additional functional component to integrate with this would be the ODROID-XU. The ODROID-XU will be a flexible piece of hardware that I can use manage data I/O between current and future devices. If the computation load causes too much stress on the hardware, I will find alternative hardware architectures. In the future, the ODROID-XU could be integrated on a larger Quadcopter, with additional sensor hardware, to support key features of a true mobile robot.

Update (5/14/2014)
Finally got the ODROID-XU ordered and booting properly. Thank you PuTTY and USB-UART module. 

Update (6/8/2014)
Quad-copter is assembled and stable on Windows platform. Initial flight went well and most of the sensors seem to be sending valid data back to the host. Moving forward, I will get the quad-copter stable on the Linux/Android platforms. I'm gathering some 3D-printed mounts for the FPV camera system and a 3D-printed frame to protect some of the mechanical components of the system.

Bitcraze Crazyflie Android Client

Bitcraze Crazyflie Android Client

Crazyflie client on Windows platform.

Crazyflie client on Windows platform.

Crazyflie

Crazyflie with 3D printed frame