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(@robotn1)
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Hi all,
We are working on the new version of the blimpduino. The original project was developed time ago by DIYdrones (by the hand of Chris Anderson and Jordi Muñoz). Now, jjrobots and mrobotics.io (the new company of Jordi) are creating the new blimpduino 2.0. Chris will back us up on this.

Basically, this new OPEN SOURCE blimpduino will have:
– Altitude sensor (laser)
– 3 propellers (4th optional)
– Camera (OPENMV) (optional)
– Remotelly controlled via smartphones (yes, plural. Two/Three pilots will be able to control the blimp in real time while it is in the air)
– Visual recognition features
– Frontal radar system (laser): obstable avoidance
– magnetometer/accelerometer to keep the heading
– Control range: up to 100 meters-
– Frame fully 3D printable
-Manual/autonomous navigation

The battery is lasting (still testing things…) about an hour, but we will increase the flying time once the automatic flying control is perfectly tuned.

We are aiming to keep the price as low as possible

We will keep everyone (subscribed) updated via short emails : visit blimpduino.com

Now it is the time for ideas and proposals. What do you want the blimpduino have as a feature?

2857=228 blimpduino 2


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This seems to be a really cool project!!

Will love to have the chance to program flight paths with files and be able to share and run those from the controller.


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This seems to be a really cool project!!

Will love to have the chance to program flight paths with files and be able to share and run those from the controller.

Good idea. We will try to implement that. A simple format file will do the job:
“+10 seconds forward,stop 3 seconds,go up 80 cms, turn left 30º…”==
“navigation.fly” file:
+10.0FWD
3.0STOP
+0.80HEIGHT
+30LEFT

Now we are working on the external control. Using the smartphone is fine but an Xbox controller is making everything easier.


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Looks awesome so far! Cannot wait to try it out, seems like a really cool platform to work off of.

My only question is with your choice of the laser for the altitude hold. Why this over a barometer? In the past, we’ve had issues with the altitude hold if there are obstacles or people below the drone, then the drone would adjust it’s altitude according to the height of the object it is flying over.

Any thoughts on that?


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We have added a barometer to the electronics (a very accurate one) and still testing it under very different conditions. The advantages of the laser: you can fly the blimp in your house and it will keep its altitude within cms. The CONS: it is expensive and if you fly over a chair/table, the blimp will climb up according to its new “floor level”. This last “problem” is a little bit annoying as you need a clear area to fly the blimp without adjusting continuously its altitude. The laser will be an addon so you can mount it in front of the blimp (attached to a servo) and scan for obstacles, working as a collision radar.
Current status: working on the control APP / interface (layout attached)

3237=265 controls


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 Juan
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Proyecto muy bonito, una pregunta… podra volar en exteriores? controlara su posicion si hay viento aunque sea leve? añadir un GPS para controlar la posicion?


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con que laser estan trabajando, mas que nada para ir sabiendo que cantidad de dinero se invertirá


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Add an option for one more laser detecting the distance to the roof? – a bit expensive?
Add PPM as an alternative so it is simple to use a normal RC Radio?


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Tengo una openmv, practicando con ella para cuando salga el blinduino ;))))))


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Add an option for one more laser detecting the distance to the roof? – a bit expensive?
Add PPM as an alternative so it is simple to use a normal RC Radio?

Yep, we will release a laser module that you can connect to the control board an use it as you want (frontal radar / pointing backwards…)

Adding a PPM is doable as well. But the WIFI has proven to be reliable enough (and can be controlled from any game controller connected to the smartphone too)


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Tengo una openmv, practicando con ella para cuando salga el blinduino ;))))))

Ya estamos casi! Pero como queriamos meter un cargador de baterias LIPO en la placa, lo hemos tenido que retrasar un poco. Y de paso meter un sensor Lidar de 4 metros de alcance (en lugar de 2)


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Tengo una openmv, practicando con ella para cuando salga el blinduino ;))))))

Ya estamos casi! Pero como queriamos meter un cargador de baterias LIPO en la placa, lo hemos tenido que retrasar un poco. Y de paso meter un sensor Lidar de 4 metros de alcance (en lugar de 2)

el lidar es tipo rotatorio? como el del robot de limpieza neato xv11 neato lidar xv11

ò

EAI Lidar


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Realmente es un lidar DIY basado en el modulo laser que monta el blimpduino. Se puede colocar en un servo y hacerlo girar controladamente para barrer el entorno. Pondremos algo en facebook tan pronto como podamos 🙂

Tengo una openmv, practicando con ella para cuando salga el blinduino ;))))))

Ya estamos casi! Pero como queriamos meter un cargador de baterias LIPO en la placa, lo hemos tenido que retrasar un poco. Y de paso meter un sensor Lidar de 4 metros de alcance (en lugar de 2)

el lidar es tipo rotatorio? como el del robot de limpieza neato xv11 neato lidar xv11

ò

EAI Lidar


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Hi,
I am just wondering if the design files are available yet? We are keen to build a prototype blimp for a research project we are working on and would love to collaborate on this project.
Thanks
Siobhan


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