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Captain Buzz: An all-smartphone autonomous delta-wing drone

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Fully autonomous hobbyist drones are typically controlled using bespoke microcontrollers, or general purpose low-level controllers such as the Arduino. However, these devices only have limited compute power and sensing capabilities, and do not easily provide cellular connectivity options. We present Captain Buzz, an Android smartphone app capable of piloting a delta wing glider autonomously. Captain Buzz can control servos directly via pulse width modulation signals transmitted over the smartphone audio port. Compared with traditional approaches to building an autopilot, Captain Buzz allows users to leverage existing Android libraries for flight control and innovative use-cases, reprogram their autopilot midflight for rapid prototyping, and reduces costs of building drones

This talk is part of the Computer Laboratory Digital Technology Group (DTG) Meetings series.

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