While the real piDrones are intellectually challenging, engaging and satisfying, a happy smile it rare; this is the antithesis:
Occasionally upgrading this model costs virtually nothing; most parts come from ebay for a pound or two; the rest are mine from 35+ years ago. Currently she’s fitted out like Hermione: X8 format with ground facing camera and LiDAR, but unlike Hermione, she already has her Sweep lateral object avoidance LiDAR installed!
You’ve probably seen I’ve not been blogging about Hermione for a week or so; she took a crash and I’ve been waiting for parts. So instead I’ve blogged about a bunch of distractions while in the background, coding a significant rework for GPS waypoint-defined flight plans, compass orientation and yaw-controlled always-point-the-way-your-flying. Hermione’s replacement parts arrived yesterday and have been installed, so it’s time for me to get back to testing these code changes. This could take a while so it may be quiet for the next few days.