[erlang-questions] Crazyflie and Erlang: Anyone already playing with this? (Triggered by "Erlang for youngsters")

Boris Mühmer boris.muehmer@REDACTED
Tue Jun 17 20:12:52 CEST 2014

My interest in quadcopters started with the following videos (in
chronological order I watched them):
1) Raffaello D'Andrea: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters:
2) Drone In-flight Firmware Upgrade:
3) Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter pre-release video:

After watching 1) and my first searches for quadcopters resulted in quite
some interesting models, but somehow there were too "professional",
especially when looking at the price tag.

The Parrot AR.Drone 2 (I believe it was used in video 2) isn't that cheap,
but it suited the price I had in mind much better (and Erlang was used to
interface it, if I didn't get that part wrong), but still I thought it was
too large for playing around in a small room and the system was too

Then I found the Crazyflie project (http://www.bitcraze.se/). Here is a
list of things I liked about it:
 - it is very small (perfect for indoor tests)
 - it is cheap
 - it is an open platform
 - the range for the radio is up to 80 meters (looks like I need to get a
larger flat)

So my questions boils down to this: Is there anyone (beside the feuerlab
guys) already fiddling around with Erlang and the Crazyflie (or other


PS: Also have a look at this video "Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter - Assembly
PPS: Reading the "Handbook of Neuroevolution Through Erlang" (
http://www.springer.com/computer/swe/book/978-1-4614-4462-6) gave me even
more crazy ideas.
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