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Mike Isted commented on Mike Isted's blog post Post 3. MAAXX-Europe. Image processing for line following.
"Hi Chris, I thought I'd looked at everything line following on YouTube, but this came on later than the competition.  It looks awesome!  Far more sophisticated than my efforts! I'll take a closer look and many thanks. …"
Mar 13

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Chris Anderson commented on Mike Isted's blog post Post 3. MAAXX-Europe. Image processing for line following.
"Great post. This is almost exactly what we do with our ground rovers, using the same basic tools (OpenCV and RasPi). You can see some samples here and here.  You might also want to check out the OpenMV cam, which does the same…"
Mar 13
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Post 3. MAAXX-Europe. Image processing for line following.

In this short blog series I’m outlining the hardware and software of The Groundhog, my entry into the recent MAAXX-Europe autonomous drone competition held at the University of the West of England, Bristol.In this post I shall overview the approach taken to the image recognition system used to track the line being…See More
Mar 13
Tiziano Fiorenzani commented on Mike Isted's blog post Post 2. MAAXX-Europe. The Groundhog Hardware
"Nice and interesting post! Thanks for sharing and looking forward with the next post. I am using a RPi3 as well and I have got no problem so far. Also I figured I can also connect through USB, which makes the communication even better. I tried to…"
Mar 7
Mateusz Sadowski commented on Mike Isted's blog post Post 2. MAAXX-Europe. The Groundhog Hardware
"Thanks for the second interesting post! Looking forward for your next updates!"
Mar 3
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Post 2. MAAXX-Europe. The Groundhog Hardware

The Groundhog was at least twice as big and probably three time as heavy as many other competitors.  Why?  Because it is built for endurance (flight time 35mins+) and also because it's what I have as my development platform.  It normally flies outdoors of course...Ah, so that means no gps and flying less than 30cm…See More
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Feb 28
Mike Isted commented on Mike Isted's blog post Post 1. MAAXX-Europe 2017 Autonomous UAV Competition.
"Check out the next blog, but we used a VL6180 time of flight sensor normally used for gesture control.  I got mine from Proto Pic https://www.proto-pic.co.uk/sparkfun-tof-range-finder-breakout-vl6180.html"
Feb 28
Mateusz Sadowski commented on Mike Isted's blog post Post 1. MAAXX-Europe 2017 Autonomous UAV Competition.
"Sounds like a great project! I'm looking forward to hearing more about it. How did you ensure UAV height was around 20cm during flight?"
Feb 28
Mike Isted replied to Nicolas-Michael El Jamal's discussion Pixhawk & raspberry pi
"Hi All Apologies for my absence.  I have had to take a month out of the project, but now can get back into it. I have got as far as successfully sending some limited commands from a C++ program to the PixHawk (rather than from the command…"
May 1, 2015
Mike Isted replied to Nicolas-Michael El Jamal's discussion Pixhawk & raspberry pi
"Hi Nicolas I see what you mean.  I have a little longer and will try and build on the other tutorial at http://qgroundcontrol.org/dev/mavlink_linux_integration_tutorial. I am also interested in integrating OpenCV at some stage, but that I think…"
Mar 4, 2015
Mike Isted replied to Nicolas-Michael El Jamal's discussion Pixhawk & raspberry pi
"Hi Sergey It may be the answer lies with the instructions here: http://www.qgroundcontrol.org/dev/mavlink_onboard_integration_tutorial With this, it should be possible to build some software on the Pi to directly send Mavlink commands.  The Pi…"
Mar 4, 2015
Mike Isted replied to Nicolas-Michael El Jamal's discussion Pixhawk & raspberry pi
"Hi Peluzza I see your point, but I am taking the same approach of using a PxH and Pi together.  Partly this is to keep the overall system modular and partly because I prefer to adapt the APM code as little as possible - it's quite complex…"
Mar 4, 2015
Mike Isted replied to Nicolas-Michael El Jamal's discussion Pixhawk & raspberry pi
"Hi Everyone I am working on a Masters project doing something similar, so wanting to control the Pixhawk using Mavlink commands sent from a Raspberry Pi. I have the two boards communicating but need to decide what to do next.  As MavProxy is a…"
Mar 4, 2015
Mike Isted replied to Jorge Pantoja's discussion Installing / Building the code for the Pixhawk
"So I am having a similar issue I think.  I have a Windows 8 PC, wanting to modify software for Pixhawk. I have carefully followed the instructions at: http://dev.ardupilot.com/wiki/building-px4-with-make/ Everything seems set up as required,…"
Jan 21, 2015

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About Me:
A specialist in digital education supporting schools in Powys, Wales. In whatever spare time I have between job, family and house, I develop my UAV platform to do challenging things autonomously.

My first degree is in Physics and Computer Science and I am currently enrolled with the Bristol Robotics Laboratory on a Masters by Research in Robotics.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I was bought up with RC cars and worked on embedded systems in my early IT career. I have always been a proponent of the make revolution and the democratisation of technology. Having children reintroduced me into the world of UAV and I haven't looked back.

My interest is primarily around autonomous control augmenting ground based humanitarian activities. However I have quickly learned that once you go beyond gps 'point and shoot' control, it gets a whole lot more interesting. And that's where my interest lies, just outside of the standard flying envelope, so to speak.
Hometown:
Usk

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Post 3. MAAXX-Europe. Image processing for line following.

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 10:49am 2 Comments

In this short blog series I’m outlining the hardware and software of The Groundhog, my entry into the recent MAAXX-Europe autonomous drone competition held at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

In this post I shall overview the approach taken to the image…

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Post 2. MAAXX-Europe. The Groundhog Hardware

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 3:34pm 3 Comments

The Groundhog was at least twice as big and probably three time as heavy as many other competitors.  Why?  Because it is built for endurance (flight time 35mins+) and also because it's what I have as my development platform.  It normally flies outdoors of course...

Ah, so that means no…

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Post 1. MAAXX-Europe 2017 Autonomous UAV Competition.

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 3:08pm 2 Comments

The Challenge

I recently entered the first MAAXX-Europe competition to be held at the University of the West of England (UWE).  On the surface it's a simple challenge in which UAVs must follow an oval circuit of one red line,…

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