Archive for December, 2012

As luck would have it …

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2012 by asteriondaedalus

A pal upgraded his Android game pad and gave me his superceded toy.


Turns out it’s a JXD S5110.  No bluetooth but has wifi and gamepad buttons so a wild addition as it can act as a remote console/controller talking to either the Gumstx Killer or any of the Android phones I am using as roving camera/brains.

Although, I guess the temptation will also be to use it for control of the AR-Drone (trawling Internet to find out to get access to the buttons).

It never rains …

Posted in Hardware on December 14, 2012 by asteriondaedalus

It pours Innovation:


• Supported MegaPirateNG and MultiWii firmware
• Up to 8-axis motor output
• 8 input channels for standard receiver
• 4 serial ports for debug/Bluetooth Module/OSD/GPS/telemetry
• 2 servos output for PITCH and ROLL gimbal system
• 1 servo output to trigger a camera button
• 6 Analog output for extend device
• A I2C port for extend sensor or device
• Separate 3.3V and 5V LDO voltage regulator
ATMega 2560 Microcontroller
• MPU6050 6 axis gyro/accel with Motion Processing Unit
• HMC5883L 3-axis digital magnetometer
• MS5611-01BA01 highprecision altimeter
• FT232RQ USB-UART chip and Micro USB receptacle
• On board logic level converter

For $48.95

Tiny thing too.

So, go figure.  Scrapping the Arduino Pilots and replacing with this unit.


My order turned up and Hobbyking dropped the price of the module by $15 odd so I ordered another two (turns out they left a short track to ground off one of the SMD chips, can be fixed with fine soldering iron and electron microscope!).

The board is about twice the size of a Razor 9DOF AHRS.

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Tiny but packed with 10DOF and the grunt you need for a full autopilot.