Drones and ROVs and Arduinos

A journey building drones and ROVs and other open hardware and Arduino based stuff

Arducopter ready to fly (with bonus indoor flight crashing)

Over the last 2 weeks I completed the assembly of the Arducopter, which is now just waiting to be taken out and tested with a bit of space around. This … Continue reading

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How to control a brushless motor through a ESC with Arduino

Electronic speed control (most commonly known as ESC) are nasty beasts: not from the controlling software point of view but for the way they need to be powered up, and … Continue reading

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Building electronic chassis: ESCs and molex connector

One more month, and one more bit of assembling going on for my OpenROV #63: this time I assembled the ESCs on the echassis and connected all their wires to … Continue reading

October 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Starting the assembly of the body of my ROV

Taking advantage of summer holidays, today I decided to finally start the assembly of the mechanical parts of my OpenROV, and I started with assembling all the acrylics parts: that … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Remember you need to reverse the pitch channel in Arducopter

This is what you get by flying indoor without doing a proper check of all systems before taking off. While I was doing the test to see if yaw, roll … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Testing Arducopter using a bench power supply

While testing the Arducopter I’ve seen that soon after the first basic tests with the Mission Planner and the USB, testing with a real power supply was needed. But I … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · 6 Comments

A better OpenROV cape wiring

The OpenROV cape comes without any connector and last week when I tested the cape I just soldered wires directly to the cape. But it was not very neat, as … Continue reading

December 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Starting to work on Arducopter

Now that the OpenROV Cockpit 1.0 beta has been released, and since I don’t envision diving in a lake before the temperature goes back above zero degrees Celsius, I decided to … Continue reading

December 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

Testing the OpenROV cape

Last week I received a prototype version of the OpenROV Cape (previously known as ArduSwimmer) and over the last few days I tried assembling as much as possible to finally … Continue reading

December 2, 2012 · 3 Comments

Makers Italy: the Italian Makers Faire

On my way back from the Node.js Conference, I stopped by at Makers Italy, the first Italian Makers Faire in the new expo area of Milano. There were a lot … Continue reading

November 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

How the OpenROV software works: my presentation at the Node.js Conference Italy

Today I had the honor and pleasure to present OpenROV at the Node.js Conference Italy: I presented how the OpenROV software works, especially focusing on the the Node.js part of … Continue reading

November 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Cutting parts for the new EChassis

Today I spent some time at the FabLab.iMAL cutting the new electronic chassis Eric designed for the kickstarter kits. Finding the right cutting parameters But before doing the real cuts, … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

Cutting all OpenROV parts at FabLab.iMal

Last month I had the honor to be among a small group of people that publicly inaugurated the FabLab of the iMal with the summer workshop on digital fabrication. During that week we learned how … Continue reading

September 28, 2012 · 2 Comments

Motors, ESCs and impellers: some problems attaching the impeller to the shaft

After a very troubled shipping (HobbyKing is great and cheap, but the pain of all these import duties and payments sometimes makes me want to find a EU based reseller) I … Continue reading

August 9, 2012 · 11 Comments

Acrylics arrived and rubber parts sourced

Taking advantage of a day off-work, today I went shopping around for the tubes for the batteries and for O-Rings and the end caps for the tubes. Best place for … Continue reading

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OpenROV gets funded

Today OpenROV got funded on Kickstarter. As you can see from the screenshot above, it received 111622 USD of pledges (more than 5 times the funding needed to start the … Continue reading

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Saturday shopping: electronics and some more parts

This Saturday morning I went shopping around for some of the missing parts: first a visit to the local electronic shop for the components needed for the Arduswimmer cape and … Continue reading

July 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

BeagleBone arrived

The BeagleBone and the Adafruit Proto Cape Kit for Beagle Bone I ordered are finally arrived. Now I just need to wait for the components to start trying and build the … Continue reading

July 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Making sense out of the ArduSwimmer cape

The architecture of the control unit of OpenROV is pretty simple: The BeagleBone card hosts a webserver running a Node.js application The browser interacts with node.js app to watch the … Continue reading

July 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

The OpenROV body: adapting to EU sizes

As everything that gets built and designed in the US, especially DIY things, there is always the problem of the conversion between the imperial system (inches and feets) to the SI (International … Continue reading

July 22, 2012 · 1 Comment
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