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Sep 12, 2017, 11:11 AM
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Emlid introduces Edge - Advanced drone controller with HDMI video input and 5.8GHz da


Emlid, the company behind ingenious RTK GNSS receiver Reach RS, launches their new product - advanced drone controller Edge.


Emlid Edge is the first autopilot platform to feature an integrated HDMI input and video compression engine allowing it to capture Full HD video from an onboard camera such as GoPro or any other HDMI-capable camera. Video is streamed directly to the Ground Control Station over a long range 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi link.

Hardware Features
Dual-processor architecture
Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit CPU inside Edge runs full-fledged Linux system with plenty of processing power which handles mission control, networking and media tasks. ARM Cortex-M3 co-processor runs real-time operating system for time sensitive tasks such as PWM output for motor control and RC signal decoding.

Temperature-stabilized dual IMU
Smart thermal design runs the processor cool and keeps the sensors warm. Integrated heating maintains constant temperature of IMU and barometer to ensure stable operation in cold climate. In hot weather the aluminum body efficiently dissipates heat from the CPU.

Thin and sleek aluminum case
Low-profile case and side-oriented connectors allow Edge to easily fit even in very compact drones. Threaded M2 mounting holes on the bottom offer a convenient and sturdy attachment to the frame.

UAVCAN accessories
Unlike many other drone controllers that use primitive busses to get data from external sensors Edge utilizes industrial grade CAN to exchange sensor data using UAVCAN protocol. It comes standard with UAVCAN GNSS module packed with multi-GNSS receiver, dual magnetometers and additional barometer.




Open source
Edge is positioned as a flexible platform for any drone project. With an open-source codebase for the autopilot and GCS it is easy to add your own extensions and modify. At its core Edge runs Ardupilot - the most fully-featured and robust open source autopilot software. It supports MAVLink protocol, sophisticated flight control algorithms and various flight modes. Support for Edge is added in a user friendly and cross platform QGroundControl GCS. Mission planning, firmware updates, vehicle configuration and video stream viewing - everything is handled through a single application.


Kit content
The kit consists of the Edge drone controller, external UAVCAN GNSS module, wide range power module based on Hall sensor and a long range 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi link.

The kits are available for pre-order for $699 and will be shipped in early November 2017.

Pre-order now on Emlid website
Last edited by dimaershov; Sep 12, 2017 at 11:30 AM.
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Sep 13, 2017, 01:30 AM
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Looks really promising! So when are the videos coming showing this in action (real world use)?

The 5.8GHz link, going by the images is USB-A only? so it doesn't actually connect to the controller via CAN and for the ground station can only connect to a laptop? or will it work with an OTG cable to use with a tablet?

Also are you planning on updating the Reach to work over CAN?
Sep 13, 2017, 09:09 AM
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Hi,

Videos coming soon!

5.8 WiFi is connected to the Edge over USB. CAN is primarily used for connection of external sensors such as GNSS, compass, barometer.
Sep 13, 2017, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by dimaershov
Hi,

Videos coming soon!

5.8 WiFi is connected to the Edge over USB. CAN is primarily used for connection of external sensors such as GNSS, compass, barometer.
Ok, thanks, look forward to the videos. I'm already subscribed to your youtube/vimeo channels, but you guys have been a bit slack at putting up videos about your products

Also again, will the groundcontrol end be able to be used with an OTG cable to a tablet rather than having to use a laptop?
Sep 14, 2017, 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by AlienEclipse
The 5.8GHz link, going by the images is USB-A only? so it doesn't actually connect to the controller via CAN and for the ground station can only connect to a laptop? or will it work with an OTG cable to use with a tablet?
+1 on this front. This is a product I've been crying out for - FINALLY something that somewhat rivals the DJI Lightbridge platform. But will it easily integrate with tablet devices (iOS, Android and Windows).
Sep 14, 2017, 02:45 PM
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The Wi-Fi link requires drivers so more likely it will work with laptops. Mobile platforms should be tested.
Using internal Wi-Fi of your mobile device you still may connect to Edge on a short distance.
Nov 10, 2017, 09:32 PM
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2 months on since first announced and supposedly being released this month....

Is there any more news or information? mostly i'm looking for video of this product, setup, use/testing, independant review?
Would like to see that this product does actually exist and works as claimed.
Nov 15, 2017, 08:03 AM
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Really anticipating this, Very weird release method. Not heard of any beta testers so it may be a while before this thing is usable.
Release next month though!
It seems to be sold as a finished product unlike the Navio+ which is more buggy and developy.
Wondering what perhiperals will be available that support CAN with ardupilot.
So many questions.

The HD stream space is about to get really hot but sadly lacking much info.
FPV Blue - pricey becoming available now reports comming
CUAV Hack link - (based of solo code) cheap but no in depth reports and sold out everywhere


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