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Dude, that is a crack up.

Some folks have the greatest toys. I want one of those. :)
 
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Very cool ! :D
 
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Truly Brilliant, no better use for one ..maybee 10 more
 
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This is fantastic! Ian, is this yours? If so you should market the light kits! Or at least share the source... :)
I have a Blade 350QX and my Phantom 1 that don't see much air time, would love to do this to one or both.
 
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Interesting how the lights change to the movement. Yes it would be interesting to know details of this build. Very good use of the technology!
 

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The lights are indeed reactive. They have different animation modes which I control from the RC. Stick inputs are shown on the LEDs as well. Flight mode, status warnings are also shown as needed.

A Teensy micro-controller uses a NAZA CAN library to listen to the CAN bus for RC stick positions, flight mode, altitude, battery data, etc. I blacked out the stock LEDs so had to replicate all their status functions e.g. low battery, low satellites, no RC, etc. A direct PWM input from the spare channel on the Futaba RX allows me to control the animation mode. The LEDs are then driven using a library called FastLED.

The bulk of the secret sauce is here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2071772
The LED library is here: http://fastled.io/

There's only two basic animations so far. I'll be adding better ones soon that all react even more to the NAZA data.
 
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bahaha i'm glad you used that tune. nice one
 
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That's crazy, fun, cool, ingenious. & I want one... ;-)

Thanks for sharing your build and obvious smarts right there...

This took some serious thinking and great planning. Well done.

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Man, waaay too much time on your hands... that is awesome. Loved the soundtrack choice as well.

Great job!
 
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@ianwood, I think there are laws out there about being too smart. ;) You're leaps and bounds above my abilities and available time. I envy your curiosity and abilities to tinker and build around this platform. Please tell me you're going to invest in a Solo...if not I may start a fund raiser to see what you could do with that platform.
 
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Very cool!! I would love to add those to my bird. Sure does make it a heck of a lot easier to spot at altitude!
 

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If the SOLO is all it's cracked up to be, I'll be picking one up. I really like the idea of programming a detailed mission to automate getting shots. And it sounds like it will have a healthy amount of developer community support.

Anyway, if you guys are inspired, check out the links I shared. It's a bit of a steep learning curve but if you've done some coding, it's not too hard. It's pretty cool what you can do. The two libraries are essential parts of it. I only implemented what those guys created. They did all the heavy lifting.

The next version of the drone UFO will have better/more animations and will have more feedback to the animations based on speed, altitude, distance, pitch, roll, etc.

I haven't put it to mischievous use yet i.e. terrifying friends and family. Waiting for the right opportunity...
 
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I agree, very cool. Perfect soundtrack. :cool:
 

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