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Old Jul 17, 2015, 12:01 PM
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Captain Buzz: Smartphone Pilot

Some researchers at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory are working out how to fly a simple RC plane using a smartphone as the controller. I know it sounds silly, since there are boards out there that already do this job faster and cheaper, but they're interested in using all the OTHER capabilities a smartphone has as well (camera, wifi, bluetooth, GPS, etc).

It's pretty cool the way they use the audio-out jack as a pulse-generator to control the servos, and the guy does a great job of explaining it, as well as multiplexing channels!

Captain Buzz: Smartphone Pilot - Computerphile (9 min 27 sec)


Test flight with Captain Buzz controlling!
Captain Buzz goes loopy (4 min 11 sec)
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Old Jul 20, 2015, 12:59 PM
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Old Jul 23, 2015, 11:10 AM
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Updated: Now flying from your smartwatch!

Captain Buzz pt2: Smart Watches and Latency - Computerphile (6 min 24 sec)
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