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Need help controlling P2V by a laptop

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by eexucc, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. eexucc

    Feb 5, 2014
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    I am trying to develop a automatic moving target tracking system using a Phantom Quadcopter. However I have a few questions about feasibility.

    1) My tracking algorithm is based on image processing. Can I send the live video stream to a laptop, so that I can run my image processing algorithm?
    2) The output of my tracking algorithm will be instructions for the UAV, such as turn left, and accelerate. Is it possible to control the Quadcopter by a laptop?

    Thanks a lot!

  2. Pull_Up

    Nov 5, 2013
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    South Oxfordshire, UK

    Relating to the Vision (P2V) specifically:

    1. The Vision uses an Android or iOS app. You could run an emulator for these systems on a PC or you could output from the device via hdmi and capture the output.

    2. At present, no. The apps above only have the ability to send yaw instructions in certain circumstances. Everything else is via manual RC control. However, we have been promised an app/firmware update at some point "soon" to provide a system whereby the quad can follow programmed routes based on selecting waypoints on the app map screen (see http://www.dji.com/phantom-2-vision-wil ... abilities/ ) You might be able to use this in some way - there is no further information as to the ability to program speeds, etc. You might be interested in the standalone system upon which this will probably be based for other DJI quads: http://www.dji.com/product/ipad-ground-station/
  3. OI Photography

    Sep 23, 2013
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    Clarksville, TN

    Here's a little more info on the PC software that can be used with the groundstation setup Pull-Up linked above: http://download.dji-innovations.com/dow ... n_v2.9.zip

    To be honest, I think you would probably have an easier time with your project if you used an open-source flight controller such as Arducopter rather than the closed systems DJI sells to the mass public.
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