Build Workshop AND AR Drone Hackathon!

Two events in one!

The build workshop will support all those users who have purchased a kit from the group buy (or any user who needs hardware assistance). You will need to bring your own tools if you have them, especially a 2mm hex screwdriver, a soldering iron, and a laptop. If you don't have these, we will do our best to provide you with the tools you need. Experienced DC Drone members will be around to assist you with your builds.

In parallel, we will be jointly holding an ARDrone Hackathon sponsored by the George Mason University Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Entrants will form teams and will be provided with an ARDrone and a software API (any will do, such as NodeCopter node.js module, Parrot C API, or Python library), hack on their drones, and do something cool with them. Entrants will be present their work at the end, and prizes may be given out too! For more information on getting in on the hackathon, please contact me via private message. Cool projects range from system/architectural (create a novel user interface for the AR Drone), to autonomous flying (tracking targets), to doing cool things with its onboard camera (like capturing and reporting QR codes automatically by drone)

The ARDrone Hackathon will be the first event of its type for DC DUG and we have high hopes to see cool projects from both DC DUG members and the George Mason University community!

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  • Christopher V.

    For those of you waiting for APM cases, I have them in stock now. I will bring them to the fly-in.

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome! I was quite amazed at the talent and support! This was my first Build Workshop and I had been having some trouble getting my 3DRobotics quadcopter (built from a kit) to fly. I finally found out I had a bad APM. At the end of the day I was still able to fly the quad by using an extra APM (from an extremely generous individual). Next on the list... learn how to fly! Thanks to Chris, Ken, Kurt, and Gustavo for all your help!

    November 5, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      Did you send the bad APM to 3DRobotics? If they won't fix it, hand it to me and I'll fix.

      November 5, 2013

  • Nadine T.

    Excellent! Thanks Chris, Gustavo, Ken and everyone for giving your time and so much help. I will certainly do my best to pass on your support by volunteering at a future build workshop, once I know what I am doing, so you guys can take more breaks.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Dennis K.

    A huge thanks to Chris for helping me take a bag full of parts and build a drone that was flying at the end of the day. Also, thanks to Ken, Gus, Mike, and a few others that loaned me tools, advice, parts, and soldering services. It was a great time. I'm looking forward to learning how to fly this bird.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Timothy R.

    Don't forget to take and post lots of pictures!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Troy D. W.

    I'm bringing my 3D Robotics X8 - I can't get the motors to arm. I hope someone can help me

    November 1, 2013

  • John W.

    Chris, are there lower cost options for parking than the Shenandoah garage? Those are hospital rates!

    October 31, 2013

  • John W.

    Never mind - I see that you have something about Lot A parking. My bad.

    October 31, 2013

  • Dennis K.

    What application needs to be loaded on my laptop (to program the drone) for the build this weekend? Thanks.

    October 30, 2013

  • Christopher V.

    Another note, if you have an ARDrone v2.0 that we can borrow for the hackathon side of this event, please let me know. There are many people in attendance from both the GMU and DC Drone community and we would definitely appreciate it! Or, if you are participating in the hackathon and happen to own an AR Drone, please do bring it =)

    October 30, 2013

  • Jake T

    Can I attend the build workshop as an observer? I am interested in purchasing but would first like to get better idea of the build and compare system capabilities.

    October 30, 2013

  • Muz K

    Hi,

    Will there be another group buy to purchase all the pieces so i can build my own drone?

    October 24, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      perhaps next week will be the group buy for the december build party

      1 · October 28, 2013

  • Darian L.

    If we missed the group buy but would like to get the parts and come play, is there a parts list?

    October 26, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      copterkit.com is the group buy store but it's closed for this cycle, it will reopen next week or so

      October 28, 2013

  • Myron Tre'Von F.

    Do you have a list of what's for sale or a website???

    October 28, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      copterkit.com is the group buy store but it's closed for this cycle, it will reopen next week or so

      October 28, 2013

  • Christopher V.

    PLEASE NOTE that the location has CHANGED to the atrium of the Engineering Building! This is downstairs from the original location!

    October 27, 2013

  • Tiffany

    Hi, looking forward to this workshop!!!

    October 27, 2013

  • Christopher V.

    FYI, I have brand new, never used extra tools you can buy from me at the build party:
    - Soldering iron kit, Weller 40W, $25
    - 2mm Hex screwdriver, $8
    - Anderson PowerPole crimper (TriCrimp), $45

    October 21, 2013

  • Christopher V.

    Also, if you are interested in participating in the AR Drone hackathon part of this event, please send me a short message by e-mail or Meetup or something. I just want to have an idea of who is interested from the DC DUG community =) Thanks!

    October 21, 2013

  • Dennis K.

    I'll bring my laptop to the next build. Is there a certain cable I need to get to connect my laptop to the drone?

    October 21, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      A USB to Micro USB cable. Like the typical smartphone charging cable. You should be able to find them for less than $1. Even at the dollar store or if you want to buy online you can find them at monoprice.com

      October 21, 2013

  • Nadine T.

    Stupid questions, sorry...I see butane and electric soldering irons. Is one preferable just in general? Also, some say no lead, which sounds good to me, but want to make sure this will work for drone building.

    October 20, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      I recommend a Hakko FX-888 (about $100) soldering station if you want to invest in one that will last, but a Weller 40W (about $20) should be fine too. Use electric, stay away from butane. Lead-free is fine for this work. Yes, you could get a <$5 generic soldering iron or whatever but the tips don't last very long (the chrome coating flakes off) and replacement tips are hard to find.

      October 20, 2013

  • Dennis K.

    Is there a list of tools that I should bring/buy for the build?

    October 19, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      - Soldering iron, solder, no-clean flux
      - Hex screwdriver 2mm
      - Hex socket driver 8mm
      - Wire stripper/cutter

      October 19, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      - Laptop with Windows (or Windows running in a VM)
      - Comfortable safety goggles

      October 19, 2013

  • David S.

    This sounds fantastic Christopher.

    Unfortunately, I will be out of state that weekend.

    October 9, 2013

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