Home Automation Project

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A project I have have wanted to do for a while is a home automation system for my apartment so I finally think I am going to do it. I have a general idea of how it will work shown in the block diagram below: I will have a bunch of wireless sensors scattered around […]

PCB Buisness Card

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Thought I would work on a new project over the Canada Day long weekend for a change of pace. I am going to make a PCB business card as something that I could show off at a job interview and things like that. I’ve decided to do a little circuit with the Microchip PIC10F208. This […]

More Quadcopter Progress

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I have been working on the quad copter some more and have made some more progress, although I sliced the tip of my finger open pretty good and broke one of the propellers in the process, but now the other axis id tuned fairly well. It doesn’t work as nice as the other axis right […]

Quadcopter Progress

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Well I have recived my new Lithium Polymer battery and have been working on my quadcopter some more. I have one axis tuned and working fairly well heres a cool Youtube video of it working: Currently having a slight issue with the other axis, when I first turn on the PID loop one of the motors shoots off in […]

Need More Power

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Well minor setback… Looks like the quadcopter doesn’t have enough power to lift itself. I even cracked the motors to full power and it still flew like a lead balloon. I think I need to change the battery. I originally chose a LiFePO4 battery over a Lithium Polymer battery for safety reasons; the Lithium Polymer batteries have a tendency to catch on […]

Quadcopter Feedback Loops

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Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here. I promise I have not abandoned this blog or my quadcopter and I am going to try to post more often… Anyway recently I have been working on getting the feedback loops to control the pitch and roll angles of my quadcopter so it […]

Quadcopter Hardware Complete

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Now the hardware for my Quadcopter and a good portion of the software is complete for the quadcopter. The hardware really consists of 4 parts: The controller board, the quadcopter XBee board, the USB XBee board and the quadcopter frame with motors and ESCs. The quadcopter XBee board plugs into the top of the quadcopter […]

Quadcopter Construction

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As mentioned before there were some modifications that were needed to make the first revision of the quadcopter controller work. I replaced the original 5V regulator with an LM7805 and I removed the level shifter on the PWM and connected the PWM lines up to the headers with wires. I also bought a Sparkfun Electronics […]