Tuesday, November 9

Get a $300 Drone and Fly It Using Ubuntu


Love Drones and Helicopters that you can fly from your garden or rooftop from a remote control? Got Ubuntu? You are in for a treat.

Parrot AR. Drone is a Linux based quadricopter that comes with an on-board wifi system  that can be used for remote flight control. It is also equipped with two cameras for remote view and are useful for creating Augmented Reality games. The quadricopter is quite popular and many of you may already know about this. 

AR. Drone already works with iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad and the developers offer an open source API and SDK that includes a flight control program. So you can fly the drone using a joystick or game pad if you can compile it on Ubuntu. 

Oregonbob from Ubuntu Forums has been successful in compiling an example control on Ubuntu and it works great on his system as he posted a note about it on Ubuntu Forums. Check out the video in a link posted by him. The video includes instructions for compiling and running flight control program on Ubuntu.


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