It’s been 27 months since I first mentioned a quadcopter project on this blog. And finally, I think I can say this initial phase of this project is finished and as good as it can be.
There’s a few bits and pieces I should do with HoG just to tidy up:
- I want to get a longer video – probably at the local park – to prove how well behaved she is.
- I’ll try her with flight plans that involve horizontal movement but I’m not expecting any surprises there – with motion processing, a hover is just a special case of movement – if hover works, then so will movement
- I may add the ability for her to fly in circles – that’s a little different as it involves a fixed angle along one axis and a fixed velocity along the other – but again, other than calculating angles and speeds to give the size of circle required, there’s little else to do.
I’m struggling to get excited about using the magnetometer / barometer to refine orientation and altitude – I don’t think she needs it for the purposes she’s designed. Likewise, I’m not bothered about adding GPS. But I do have everything I need should I change my mind.
I will probably add the laser tracking as this will give me the ability to control her:
- 2 lasers on opposite arms pointing at the ground but slightly inwards used to attain and maintain a fixed height
- a third laser in my hand to guide her around at that fixed height.
As for now, I’m feeling a little deflated, demotivated and just a bit tired. Time for a break.