The AR Drone LabVIEW Toolkit: A Software Framework for the Control of Low-Cost Quadrotor Aerial Robots
Michael Mogenson, Tufts University, United States
Tufts University . Awarded
For this research the AR Drone quadrotor by Parrot was reverse engineered to work with the graphical programming environment LabVIEW in an attempt to create a low cost, easy to use, entry level aerial robotics platform for students, educators, and researchers. The result of this work is the AR Drone LabVIEW Toolkit. The Parrot AR Drone is a low-cost consumer oriented quadrotor equipped with video cameras and WiFi communication. The AR Drone LabVIEW Toolkit can maneuver the AR Drone, read data from its on-board sensors, decode the video stream from the two cameras, and analyze the video frames with a variety of included image processing algorithms. This thesis consist of a discussion of how the AR Drone LabVIEW Toolkit functions followed by demonstrations of some sophisticated autonomous behaviors programmed for the AR Drone and an evaluation of the AR Drone LabVIEW Toolkit based on classroom testing and educator testimonial.
Mogenson, M. The AR Drone LabVIEW Toolkit: A Software Framework for the Control of Low-Cost Quadrotor Aerial Robots. Master's thesis, Tufts University.
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