That’s all, folks…*

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I think I’ve done all that can be done with my Raspberry Pi, Python piDrones.  Code is updated on GitHub as a result.  Here’s the vimeo links to the proof-of-the-pudding as it were:

The hardest by far though was the simplest in concept: a stable autonomous hover beyond a few seconds; each of the cool functions listed above probably took a few weeks on average; in contrast, the one-minute-plus hover took years.

There’s lots more videos on Vimeo linked to the blog via pidrone.io/video.

I’ve achieved my personal target and then some: taking a Raspberry Pi and Python to create a piDrone, starting from absolutely ignorance, and doing it my way without using other’s code, ideas or suggestions.

What else could be done?  My only idea is long distance / time flights requiring:

  1. GPS fused with existing distances sensors
  2. Compass fused with existing orientation sensors
  3. Long range wireless connectivity
  4. Nuclear-fusion batteries.

Lack of #4 renders 1-3 pointless.

Also pointless sadly is Penelope; Hermione, my big 3B, is the queen of autonomous control and Zoe, my Pi0W, the queen of human control.  Two’s company, three’s a crowd. The only thing unique I can do with ‘P’ is to get her RPi 3B+ and Stretch O/S completed, and my motivation is lacking; that makes Penelope the queen of spare parts 😥

Time for me to find another hobby to hold back my terminal-boredom-syndrome.  On my bike, me thinks.

So long, and thanks for all the fish!


* …nearly.  I’m doing some refinement for Zoe, primarily so I can take new to the Cotswold Raspberry Jams and anything new and exciting the RPi releases next.

Dear Remainers and Brexiters alike,

The referendum still needs to be approved in Parliament. We can still stop the process.

Please put aside your personal concerns and consider the impact this will have on today’s youth and generations to come.  The youth voted to remain in the EU – it’s they that we, their parents, guardians, grandparents and family, have failed if we leave the EU.

The majority of MPs are Remainers. Please write to your MPs to ask them put the future of our kids and the youth of today ahead of their personal wishes.  Ask them to vote against leaving the EU. This is the last chance we have to come together and stop the damage to our childrens’ lives for generations to come.

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Please, everyone, Remainers and enlightened Brexiters alike, write to your MP – this is our last chance; seize it.

Cotswold Jam – date change – now 2nd July

Due to a double booking at the University of Gloucestershire, we’ve had to move the Cotswold Jam out by a week to Saturday 2nd July.  Current tickets remain valid, but if you can’t attend, please e-mail admin at cotswoldjam.org so that we can free your tickets up for others and return any voluntary donation you gave.

Thanks, and hope to see you there.

Cotswold Raspberry Jam

Cotswold Raspberry Jam

 

Blog membership disabled…

Just a quick note to the few of you who are genuine members of this site that the majority of the 130 members are scammers.  Rather than spending a few minutes mocking and then deleting their attempt to post something pointless on my site, I’m just going to delete them all.

My apologies in advance if I accidentally delete you as a valid and valued member – please let me know if I do.

This should in no way affect anyone’s ability to post comments which I will continue to moderate.