I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with the Intel gear as a flight controller? I have seen a few things about quads/rotors but I am talking fixed wing. In other words - I am really keen to build an Intel plane
Intel have been dropping a lot of money on their realsense technologies which is nice to see and their website has a lot of drone research projects so something open source / possible could be on the horizon.
As you can tell I am a bit of a sucker for Intel gear and was wondering if anyone out there was having any success with their products? Intel Edison with breakout board and Basesheild? Intel Aero? Any information is appreatiated
They have produced an Intel Edison flight controller board called Luci. They have been selling them on GroupGets: https://twitter.com/dronesmithtech DronesmithTech (@dronesmithtech) | Twitter .
See their Twitter for details.
It's great to hear that you want to use the Intel Edison to build your own plane! As you mentioned, Intel has been "making some noise" lately with their RealSense technologies and some other IoT based products like the Intel Edison. You can find some threads here in the Community where users have been trying to develop aerial vehicles or at least add some features using their development boards.
Take a look at these threads:
And from outside the Community, you can check these ones (the links suggested by Rex have some great deal of information too!):
As Rex mentioned, Luci is available here: https://groupgets.com/manufacturers/dronesmith-technologies/products/luci-advanced-flight-computer Luci - Advanced Flight Computer by Dronesmith Technologies | GroupGets
We've had several different UAV platforms use Luci as flight controller, including quad/hex/Y6, fix wings, boats, VTOLs. Its default firmware is PX4.
Thanks for this, I will look into them. Do you know if it would be possible to to use Edison + the Arduino breakout board and then manually add the sensors (like the Seeed gear I have attached below) rather than using a pre-built drone ready board?
Accelerometer - http://www.seeedstudio.com/Grove-3-Axis-Digital-Accelerometer(%C2%B1400g)-p-1897.html Grove - 3-Axis Digital Accelerometer(±400g)
Barometer - http://www.seeedstudio.com/Grove-Barometer-(High-Accuracy)-p-1865.html Grove - Barometer (High-Accuracy)
GPS - http://www.seeedstudio.com/Grove-GPS-p-959.html Grove - GPS
Range finder (optional) - http://www.seeedstudio.com/Grove-Ultrasonic-Ranger-p-960.html Grove - Ultrasonic Ranger
Appreciate the info
Yes, it should be possible to manually add the sensors. You should check this list of already validated sensors for better reference, https://software.intel.com/en-us/iot/hardware/sensors https://software.intel.com/en-us/iot/hardware/sensors. If one or more of the sensors you mentioned is not in the list that doesn't that it won't work with your Edison, it's just that it probably hasn't been tested but you can always give it a try and make them work.
Awesome stuff guys, thanks for the help!
Using the PX4 software would be great as it is compatible with the mission planner software in which I am familiar with. Probably a stupid question but would I be able to just plug the shield and approved Grove sensors in, then upload the PX4 / APM / Arduplane code and it will work?
I'm guessing no and the code would require some editing to recognise the new sensors used (pixhawk and APM and that Luci board would all most likely use different branded sensors etc)?
It's very probable that you'll need to edit the code to work with your sensors. Each device has its own characteristics and features, so it's very unlikely that it will work just by plugging it and uploading the code.
I haven't had an success just yet as I am yet to begin. I noticed Intel released the Joule unit a few days ago which is awesome, so will hopefully be using that instead of the Edison. I also plan to develop my own software to communicate with the UAV. I have a lot to learn and a long way to go but I will post my progress here in great detail as soon as I get the project going.
Do you know what date we are able to purchase the Joule / is available for purchase?
Follow this link https://software.intel.com/en-us/iot/hardware/joule https://software.intel.com/en-us/iot/hardware/joule and then click on "Where to buy", you'll be redirected to a site where you can buy it. Last time I checked the module was out of stock, so probably you'll have to wait some time to buy it.