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Nouman Tahir
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Hi guys, how about we control our drone’s reel mechanism using mobile app in first phase and later build an app to control full assembly using same app instead of using dedicated drone control separate and reel control separate, it can be done even with many of third party drone kits. Drones Mechanical Apps

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Nouman Tahir
Founder and Developer Lead at HawkDev
 · SargodhaPakistan
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No, I have never worked on any such drone kit but for reference we can start hunting with http://dronekit.io/ they do offer smartphone integration. Steven Reubenstone

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Nouman Tahir
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I have not worked on any such drone but for reference we can start hunting from http://dronekit.io/ that offers smartphone integration

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Very helpful indeed… +Nouman Tahir…
Contents of : http://android.dronekit.io/… Example Codes are also given…
Getting Started
Setting up SITL on Linux
Setting up your Android Studio Project
Installing 3DR Services on your Mobile Device
First App: Hello Drone
Project Setup
Adding the Client Library
Connecting to 3DR Services
Connecting to a Drone via UDP
Connecting via USB (3DR Telemetry Radio)
Getting Telemetry from the Drone
Take Off!
Summary
Tower-Pebble
Project Setup
Watchapp Code Overview
Android Code Overview
Summary
Additional Resources
Full Java Doc
Example Apps
Questions
Next
© Copyright 2015, 3D Robotics.

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Steven Reubenstone
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The drone kit stuff is amazing. Nouman Tahir could we use the android.dronekit.io to interface an android app with our pizza drone potentially? and what would be the first steps to going about this?

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Nouman Tahir
Founder and Developer Lead at HawkDev
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okay, lets split our software discussion into sections.

  1. Drone Firmware
  2. Phone App
  3. Reel Integration
  1. Our drone should be built using ArduPilot open source suite to be able to support the integration features provided by dronekit people. there are pre-built drones available at http://store.3drobotics.com/ that can also be utilized but the only limitation I see is the ability to lift off a pizza and a reel mechanism.
  1. For android, if we decide to opt for ArduPilot the app side seems pretty simple to me, we simulate a virtual drone on linux or mac and test out our app with that during development and once our real drone gets ready we can shift to that.
    dronekit website show no support for iOS but if they have support for rest api we can perhaps call those to get our drone up and running (remarks needed form iOS developer)
  1. For reel integration, the best way to deal with it would be to somehow integrate it with the ArduPilot interface and access it using same android api as the drone, although I have not yet found out the way to do that but since its open source there should be some and if not we can always patch our own

First Steps:

Make a feasibility on whether we should get a pre-built drone from 3DR store and add a reel part above it, or we should build our own and find a way to build firmware using ArduPilot suite. its a task for mechanics and firmware people.

hunt for ways to integrate reel seamlessly with api, I am sure we will find something deep in documentation.

References:
http://ardupilot.org/ardupilot/index.html
https://store.3dr.com/
http://android.dronekit.io/getting_started.html

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Steven Reubenstone
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Nouman Tahir we should do this interfacing once we get a 3D model ready. This way we can understand exactly what the final physical design will be, then we can worry about implementing software, firmware and controls off android. Hopefully we can tackle this soon.

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