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VR Brain 5 (PRO) vs VR Micro Brain vs Pixhawk

* Pro is only on request and customizable , the PRO IMU could be also based on Maxim , Analog Device and ST mems. * The two expansion bus support indipendent i2c , spi and some some specific I/O for manage multiple chipset. On expansion bus it's available also wifi module with specific nuttx driver. Ask for more info.

As request from some user i try to do a matrix comparison chart , if there are some error on Pixhawk help me to correct please :) 

After the VR micro Brain 5 here finally get the VR Brain 5.
Sorry for the long wait but we had to work a lot on the operating system, new driver and all the infrastructure to support the mission planner firmware repository.

Today the board is  available on the store.
Here are the first pictures of the oem version, I prefer to show you the board without enclosure because  it's a jewel of technology :)

It will initially be available in the basic version. Only for more experienced users that join our advanced dev program will be available version that supports up to 3 SPI IMU  with (Acc , Gyro , Magnetometer and barometer ) . In advanced configuration the board support until 2 VR Multiconstellation GPS Ublox 8  
Provides CAN Bus with driver on board, SD Card, and realtime operating system NuttX RTOS operating sysyem.

Full tech specification :

Hardware: CPU: ARM CortexM4F microcontroller with DSP and FPU. 1024KiB di flash , 192KiB of RAM. 1 SD Card Slot support until 64 gigabyte.  Jtag support for onboard realtime debugging. IMU Sensor: mems accelerometer and gyroscope (different option , available pro certify ,too )  barometer with  10 cm resolution. 2  SPI expansion BUS for optional IMU 1  sonar input. RC  6 RC INPUT standard PPM. 1 PPMSUM  1 ARM Switch 1 SBUS input compatible with  Futaba and  FRKSY technology.  8 RC output ( 60 - 490 hz ) , 4 optional RC output ( in SBUS mode) Expansion BUS 1 CAN BUS . 2 serial port for interface VR GPS Ublox 8 1 i2c bus for magnetometer connection. Additional IN - OUT 3 Output Switch digitali (ULN2003) 2 LED 1 BUZZER. 1 input for voltage control. 1 input for current control. Dimension 6x4. Available plastic and aluminium case as option. IDE and development kit .  Eclipse IDE. Arm GCC Toolchain. Support real time debug . Firmware:

For this platform are available many libraries developed by the community Virtualrobotix and Diydrones. 

Native support of the operating system Nuttx rev 6.20 to 7.30. 

Bootloading and Automatic Update standard and custom firmware. 

Repository Server with native support Mission Planner 32 and 64 bit.

The supported UAV firmware are  : APM Copter, Plane and Rover

Our dev team support and improve VRBrain NuttX operating systems and AP_HAL_VRBRAIN . The Hardware Abstraction Layer for integration with APM firwmare enviroment. 

The mini site is available at : 

http://vrbrain.wordpress.com/

For more info send a mail to : info@virtualrobotix.com

 

The link where you can buy the board and find more info is this: 
http://www.virtualrobotix.it/index.php/en/shop/autopilot/vrbrain5-detail

For this product is available a professional customer support program. University and Research Lab use VRBrain 5 in advanced research project. Join to our pro dev team today :) Some company that want certify their drone ask the support to our dev team for support during the qualification test .

For more info send a mail to info@virtualrobotix.com 

original blog post : http://www.virtualrobotix.com/profiles/blogs/vr-brain-5-0-after-some-month-of-waiting-the-new-professional-vir

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The PRE-Flight Virtual RC Controller

I would like to announce my latest free App - the PRE-Flight Virtual RC Controller (for PRE-Flight Drone Simulator).

Convert your Android Smartphone or tablet to a full-featured, 12-channel, wireless Controller for PRE-Flight Flight Simulator. This free downloadable app will allow you to control PRE-Flight models without the bother of cables, configuring, or even waiting for your controller to be delivered to you.

Operate the Virtual RC Controller with your thumbs on the control pads - as you would a normal 2-stick controller. An optional, on-screen (in PRE-Flight) transmitter display shows your control stick positions. All controls are fully user-cutomizable - you can move them around the screen and even re-size them to the most comfortable configuration.

You'll quickly find that the PRE-Flight Virtual RC Controller is more accurate and faster than your old USB Controller (actual performance is dependent on your hardware specifications).

Features:

Wireless operation (via WIFI) Runs on Android devices with touch screen and WIFI Fully integrated with PRE-Flight, no calibration required No special drivers for PC required Visible Transmitter (in PRE-Flight) shows control stick positions Easy to install, just download the app and use Smooth operation, low-latency, and High-precision Controls Up to 12 proportional Channels Supports Mode 1 and Mode 2 operation (user selectable) Trim on all channels Multiple programmable rates Multiple Heli Modes (Normal, Idle-Up, Stunt, and Autorotation) 5-point Throttle and Collective smooth curves for all modes Fully User-configurable Quick Auto Configure for basic channels Dedicated Reset button for PRE-Flight operation Dedicated View Cycle buttons for PRE-Flight FPV and Line-of-sight operation Dedicated Zoom in/out View buttons Dedicated Display Visible TX button Dedicated Display Zoom Window button and more...   See the PRE-Flight Main Page: http://www.preflightsim.com/ for more details.

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Getting Started With Camera Drones: How One Small Rig Can Add So Much Production Value

Getting Started With Camera Drones: How One Small Rig Can Add So Much Production Value
by Mike Wilkinson Aerial videos that have been shot by drones have been flooding YouTube for the last few years, especially as the cost and expertise needed to get into it has come down. A birds-eye point of view can add…

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The Master of Science in Unmanned Systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

News reports of professional sports teams, media organizations and commercial enterprises engaging unmanned aerial systems to take photographs have become commonplace. Driverless cars may have once been a far-fetched idea, but now auto makers and technology developers are in the early stages of testing these autonomous vehicles for commercial use. And while military and government …

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OpenExplorer, a new way to tell mission stories with multimedia

Our friends at OpenROV have launched OpenExplorer, which is a site that combines maps, photos, videos and text to tell the story of mission in a fantastic timeline-based way. It mashes up MapBox maps and Crowdmap multimedia widgets into a really engaging whole. This is a model of where we'd like to take Droneshare, too. 

Makezine has a good writeup on it here. 

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