It's been a little while since I posted any updates on my aerial adventures.
This means I have been working hard and/or having lots of fun
Here the middle size copter in my current fleet. (mini quad, quad, octo)
This quad-copter version 2.0 has an upgraded frame and computer (newer arduino mega).
I will try to edit and upload some of the video footage from it when I get some time.
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- Go to http://www.cellunlocker.net and initiate the unlock.
- Wait to receive an email stating that your phone has been "UNLOCKED".
- Insert a non-accepted sim card into the phone. (T-Mobile in my case)
- Connect phone to iTunes.
- Wait until iTunes detects phone
- Now disconnect phone and reconnect after 10 seconds.
- Phone is Unlocked. Enjoy!
Yes, it really does control my car!
I created a new ruby plugin that is used by plamoni's "Siri Proxy", a proxy server for Apple's Siri assistant. This proxy server allows for the creation of custom plugins that can intercept recognized speech and perform virtually any function imaginable (programmable, scriptable).
The "Siri Proxy" plugin I wrote handles interaction with a php script that runs on my web server. The php script, which I developed months ago for personal use, allows me to send commands to my car which has a Viper SmartStart module installed.
Current commands accepted are: "Vehicle Arm", "Vehicle Disarm", "Vehicle Start", "Vehicle Stop", "Vehicle Pop Trunk", and "Vehicle Panic".
--UPDATE: Now it also responds to more conversational commands such as "Start my car", "Lock my car", "Pop my trunk", etc...
I may change the command wording a bit later. This was just a proof of concept. We'll see.
- Siri Proxy & DNSMasq box - Ubuntu 11.04 Server VM
- LAMP server - Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server
More info upon request, demo video coming soon!
--UPDATE: Video Proof Can Be Found Here
--UPDATE 2: Video Proof With My Car
I have been pretty busy and have not had much time to work on my quad-copter. Since my last post, I have made a few more test flights and now have wireless avionics via XBee modems working.
My next goal is to upgrade the frame (ideas), attach video for FPV (GoPro HD) and integrate GPS (Google maps way-point control).
My new motivation c/o RCExplorer
- Make up a power distribution harness for suppling power from the main lipo to the ESC's.
- Recieve and solder new set of H-KING 20a ESC's ( Was only able to procure 3 Turnigy Plush 18a 's before they went into BACKORDER..ahhhh)
- Solder female JST to Arduino for control power.
- Design and build some kind of landing gear and battery harness.
- Purchase and install Onboard video system. (Go-Hero HD??)
- Charge Batteries
- Wire management (CRAM everything in the box)
- Maiden flight
I went to the World Maker Faire this weekend in NYC. It was really nice to see the Arduino team in person and see all the cool things they have planned. I'm really looking forward to seeing more details on the new Tinkerkit and getting to play with the new Uno and Mega. (Funny side note: At 38:10, my awesome wife accidentally bumped a light switch that caused the lights to dim.. oops..hehe)
The video c/o adafruit industries:
I am impressed and a little dizzy...
Quote from the creator:
I often struggle to make much sense of the world, this leaves me feeling confused and intimidated. The basic physics and mechanical principals employed in the generation of my sculptures is something I do understand, they make perfect sense to me. This gives me some comfort.