Monday, 3 November 2014

Flying with Fat Shark FPV Goggles - First Impressions

Recently I got the chance to fly with some Fat Shark Attitude V2 goggles with head tracker and a matching Pan/Tilt/Roll camera mount.  Here's what I thought about the experience.  Maybe it will help you decide whether it is worth it.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

FPV Flying Gone Roughly

I detailed my setup for FPV (First Person View) RC flying in a recent entry.   I also posted a video of some pretty good flying.

But just in case that makes it look like I actually know what I'm doing, here's evidence that I've never really done this before.  Not all FPV flights go well.  Not all bad flights are disasters, either.  This flight was one that was almost a disaster.

Here's an animated gif-illustrated story of my latest flight.  It was a very cold morning but it appeared to be calm and I was all packed up, so I headed out.

Once I was at the field it was a lot windier than I thought.  I flew anyway.  I barely know what I'm doing.

Monday, 13 October 2014

FPV Video

A short while ago I taught myself how to fly an RC airplane and rigged it up with an FPV (First Person View) video setup, so I can watch from the plane's point of view while I fly.

Here is a youtube video (with the really boring bits edited out) of my first flight using a recorder for the video feed.  The whole flight was on one battery.



Check out my Guide on How To Build and Fly an FPV RC Airplane!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

An FPV RC Setup, or The Guide I Wished I Had



I decided to get into RC aircraft with FPV (first person view) and did it the hard way by learning it all myself.  This is the guide I wished I had when I had started.

I was never interested in RC flying because as far as I was concerned, the plane is the one having all the fun.  FPV changes that by putting a little camera on the plane and letting you fly from the plane's point of view.  Now I can be the one having the fun, and so can you!




Friday, 12 September 2014

Hacking a Mini Quadcopter Controller to Add Yaw Control Shoulder Buttons

Some time ago I purchased a well-reviewed and recommended to me micro quadcopter, the Cheerson CX-10 (I bought mine from banggood.com)

It works well but I modified it to be even better.


It taught me that if I had started with a full-sized quadcopter, I would have certainly wrecked it!  Flying one is a lot harder than I expected, but happily this little thing is very sturdy and is radio controlled, not IR controlled, so it can be flown outdoors.  It has been very useful in teaching me the basics.

However, one complaint I have is that the Yaw control (rotating left/right to change where "front" is facing) is done by turning the throttle joystick left or right.  There's no real problem with this, but on such a small remote and small joystick it's nearly impossible to tilt the joystick left or right without also moving it up or down and changing the throttle.

I solved this with a minor hack to add two "shoulder buttons" that will rotate the model left or right at a moderate rate when pressed.  I can still use the joystick, but I prefer to use the joystick only for throttle and use the new shoulder buttons to control Yaw.  Much better!


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Upgrade to Low Water Sensor for Rancilio Silvia

A long time ago I made a simple low water-level sensor for my Rancilio Silvia espresso machine.  It worked great for a long time but it wasn't really made to last.  I recently upgraded it.  It's much more robust and reliable, and here's how it looks now.



Thursday, 31 July 2014

Mooltipass Beta Testing - Hardware Received!

I just received my Mooltipass beta hardware.  It's a sleek, shallow black box with a slot in one end (for the smart card) and a micro USB connector in the other.


The unit has a sleek and seamless appearance.  A layer of protective film covers the top surface.

Right now the unit is only running some test code that makes sure the raw hardware (OLED display, touchpad, etc) are working.  I love how the display and LED lighting are smoothly integrated with and into the front panel.



Everything checks out so far, I'm awaiting firmware updates so that the unit is made functional.  Then I can begin actually using it.  But so far, so good!