Cycle of the Drones

droneIt has been a while since we have posted anything here, so I thought I would get the ball rolling with a summary of our current project.  The Drone based, DJ controlled Etch-a-Sketch.

Our technologies for this cycle were selected back in March and they were Circuit Bending, Android Tablet and Vinyl, our target occasion is North by Northeast.  After a couple weeks of brainstorming and some heated debates, we landed on a really fun idea.

We are creating a large-scale Etch-a-Sketch which features two turntables that work like the two knobs on the etch-a-sketch, a AR Drone 2 (by Parrot) UAV who’s position is controlled by the turntables, and a giant glow-in-the-dark canvas that the drone shines a light at.

Over the coming weeks, we will be posting updates and tutorials to let you know where things are at.  Presently, we have the turntables passing midi information through a Javascript system that ties into the Node.js client for the AR Drone, thus allowing us to control the drone on multiple axis.

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