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

Tony Rogvall tony@REDACTED
Tue Jun 17 21:10:23 CEST 2014

Sadly enough the Cazyflie only has 20Kb RAM and 128Kb flash.
This is, sadly enough, too small for Erlang.

You could probably implement the client, I did both the client for the regular firmware
(and a plenty of porting and hacking for the onboard Erlang  controller firmware for the AR.Drone.)
And that was a plenty of fun as well.


On 17 jun 2014, at 20:12, Boris Mühmer <boris.muehmer@REDACTED> wrote:

> 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:
>    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2itwFJCgFQ
> 2) Drone In-flight Firmware Upgrade:
>    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96UzSHyp0F8
> 3) Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter pre-release video:
>    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WBUVYZkODI
> 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 "closed".
> 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 quadcopters)?
> Regards
> Boris
> PS: Also have a look at this video "Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter - Assembly video"
>     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS3qR1IjeGE
> 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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