|Dec 20, 2012, 02:31 AM|
Marcy1 POV returns
The 2nd Marcy 1 took to the air. This one is loaded down with the POV LEDs.
Visually the same, but mostly redesigned. The POV processor & mane processor now read the radio directly instead of the mane processor passing on data to the POV processor. It was 1 more wire but much simpler code. Even though it was built in July, this was the 1st time this airframe did POV. The motor is immediately getting too hot, melting through the propeller.
The fancy blob detection had to go for POV to work. It's back to a simple threshold, exactly like the nighttime only version. IR vision would allow it to use blob detection.
There was supposed to be a 3rd Marcy 1, with an onboard camera. It's possible to get a very small, wireless camera, but the only fabrication possible in the apartment is a large wireless camera.
Also, if it has 802.11 on it, it's a drag to have to carry around a ground station to control it instead of controlling it directly from a tablet. It's necessary, because 802.11 isn't reliable enough to control it & having 1 system that supports an autopilot & manual control is easier than having 2 unique systems for autopilot & manual control.
The trick with Marcy 1 is once she's flying with the lights on, the thrill from such a strange device hovering subsides, she gets real boring.
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