When I was at the latest Cotswold Jam, one of the regulars suggested adding a camera to one of my piDrones to video its flight firsthand; that planted a seed which blossomed overnight:
- Set up a live video stream from a RPi0W attached to one of my piDrones, the output of which is sent over WiFi to a RPi3+ RC touch-screen and display the video on a screen app there
- Add on-screen pseudo-buttons to the RPi3+ RC touch-screen and use those to record the video to disk if specified
- Add 2 on-screen pseudo-joysticks on the RPI3+ touch-screen RC, sending it to the piDrone, much like the physical joysticks do now
- Finally, add IMU / servos hardware / software to keep the camera stable when it’s attached to a flying piDrone – trivial compared to the items above.
I’m completely ignorant how to implement all but the last item, much like the challenge to build the piDrones 6 years ago and hence that’s a fab challenge! And in comparison to the piDrone itself, it’ll be cheap: the parts either I already own, or are cheap to buy. And I like the fact it gives a unique role for Penelope – currently she’s just Hermione without the object avoidance.
First job though is to name the Raspberry Pi’s:
- Percy (i.e. Pi Remote Control) is the RPi 3+ with the RPi touch-screen
- Pat (i.e. “Patricia the Stripper” by Chris de Burgh) is the RPi0W with RPi camera