Thanics Robotics Open Source Code


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Thanics Robotics has open sourced their drone, controller, and mobile app code.

There are four repositories

Updated Drone Design

Just got this new design from Andrew Loomis.

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Production is on hold as the design team has broken up and gone back to research and academia. The code is out there if people want to hack it.

Update 8/23/2018: After discussing the direction with Andrew Loomis from thanics, I’ve learned that the component pipeline looks like this:

Theta V -> USB -> RPi CM3 (Drone) -> Ethernet LAN -> pDDL2450 Radio Transceiver -> Air -> pDDL2450 Radio Transceiver -> Ethernet LAN -> RPi CM3 (Controller) -> USB/WiFi ->
Android Phone in Google Daydream headset

He’s using gstreamer on the Raspberry Pi.

There’s a problem with this pipeline in that the Raspberry Pi can’t effectively stream the output of the THETA V using UVC 1.5 H.264 due to the limitations of the Linux kernel in the Raspberry Pi distributions.

The component that I’m not familiar with is the pDDL2450. I looked at the datasheet. From what I can tell, it looks like the device can accept an Ethernet input, possibly enabling direct connection to the RICOH THETA V using a USB OTG Ethernet adapter.