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A Bit Distracted

A Bit Distracted

It’s funny how life seems to get in the way of hobbies. It’s a damn shame I can’t have a life of only hobbies.

In any case, my family and I moved cross-country and then I became a stay-at-home dad. Unfortunately, it seems I am doing more work now than when I worked full time!? It also requires more of my attention. Who knew a two year old was this much trouble… …err.. …I mean fun.

In any case, I’m still doing Crazyflie stuff. I just set up a Raspberry Pi B+ with the latest Crazyflie RasPi script, I just got a Walkera Devo7e and will be hacking it for Crazyflie support, and there are a couple projects on the Bitcraze blog I’d like to replicate so expect to see blog posts about those soon.

I’m a little backlogged but once I have total control of my routine again, I’ll be a little more active.

Now, let’s go see where my dear daughter put my Crazyflie after that last landing…

Arrival and Unbox

Arrival and Unbox

My crazyflie arrived in the mail yesterday. I unboxed it and got acquainted with the contents. I stared at the soft green and black cardboard box and the shiny, mylar bags strewn about my couch. It was only mere minutes before I had to start tinkering with it.

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Arriving Soon…

Arriving Soon…

I got an email from Massdrop saying they received the bulk shipment of crazyflie nano quadcopters, are breaking it down and packaging for individual shipments, and shipping the units out, which they hope to have all complete in 24 hours!

So, hopefully, I’ll be looking at my crazyflie kit this weekend… And when I say looking at the kit, I mean looking. I have to look, think, read, examine, investigate, internalize, and digest this all before I make a single move ’cause I don’t want to break anything through general stupidity.

I know a little about electronics. I can solder (semi-well), which is more than many can say. I know a lot about programing. I can do it – even if I don’t know the language, I can figure it out. I do know Python and C so that’s a plus (or a plus, plus… sorry. had to). I know jack about flight mechanics, physics, mathematical computing, radio technology, networking, digital communications, etc, etc, etc… The crazyflie kit relies on some knowledge of a lot of these things and I am but a babe in the woods.

I only say all this to prepare you, my reader, and myself, for the journey we are about to embark on. I intend to learn quite a bit along the journey and to help me remember it, I hope to teach it to you. So, soon, here we go…

Discovery

Discovery

Massdrop recently had the crazyflie from bitcraze up as a drop. It looked intriguing to me… An entirely open-source, hackable, nano, quad-copter, drone small enough to fly around my home. The platform is built entirely on open-source, and client-side applications are written in python. The concept sounds too cool to be missed. Indeed, this kind of thing is the future (more on that later). A video game controller (like PS3 or Xbox), a computer (anything that can run their VM), a micro-USB power charger, the crazyradio, and the crazyflie are all you need to be skyward.

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