Windows Phone Parrot AR.Drone project going swimmingly, working great (video)

When last we saw the Texas A&M AR.Drone team they could only demonstrate their drone going up and down at the behest of a Windows Phone.  What a difference a mere 2 months make.

The team seems to have succeeded in their goal to navigate using autonomous waypoint route using GPS data.

In the video the AR.Drone navigates 206 meter path between 3 waypoints and ends within 7 meters of the defined destination. Users have the ability to select waypoints on the map within the WP7 app and then the option of in-order traversal or the minimum distance path between the given points.

The drone obtains GPS data from a  second Windows Phone that is attached to the drone.

Static and accelerometer controls remain available to the user, which is demoed in the video below.

The source code for the app is available at wp7ardrone.codeplex.com and a page detailing the exploits of the team at students.cse.tamu.edu/jabam89/wp7drone.

I guess I know what present I want for Christmas now 🙂

See another video showing accelerometer control after the break.

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