So busy with work but here is updates to date
ARDrone now in possession. Second hand from a pal who has moved to China for work. Good luck D!
I am buying a house so stocked up on a few things in meantime. 9DOF Razer etc.
I got a DF Bluetooth for the ROMEO as the USB Host board covered too much around the edges. The initial experiments will be from the laptop any way (which now sports dual boot Ubuntu and Windoze).
First experiments I am working towards are using IP WebCam (on Android) and Cambozola to produce something like the functionality of WOWWee Rovio (basic video streaming and remote control) before moving onto using OpenCV to experiment with flow optics. OpenCV is slowly being ported (under open source by TI – see here and here otherwise go here otherwise here) to the OMAP devices to accelerate it on the ARM side of the world – so no need to rush to install on Android just yet.
[QualCOMM Snapdragon S2 and above has an already tuned fast CV library (go here). Pity my phones are S1 😦 ]
Android phone (acting as video streaming service) will be taped to front of indoor carriage as there is no real need to put any more dings in the ARDrone (just yet).
The neat thing about IP WebCam, from an integration point of view, it could just as easily be used as a video stream to a application on the phone that is serving the video. A nice way of decoupling the functionality.
Also grabbed a MEGA IO shield on sale. It has an SD card pinout (I already have the SD card breakout) and an XBEE site. This will be great then for experimenting with OpenMAV protocol for moving to the outdoor carriage. It will also be used for the prototyping work – so the more capable boards don’t get handled as much OR charred if something goes wrong 😉