Interactive Media Systems, TU Vienna

SmartCopter - Autonomous Flight with a Smartphone as On-Board Processing Unit

Lab project in the area of Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Autnonomous Localization, Mobile Augmented Reality, Image Processing, Sensor Fusion.

About this Project

The project's aim is to design and construct a low-cost UAV based on off the shelf hardware. A conventional smartphone acts as on-board core processing unit to allow for autonomous localization, mapping, exploration and navigation in an unknown environment without requiring additional ground hardware. Currently, our approach is capable to autonomously fly within an unknown 2D environment.


[JPG] SmartCopter Prototype

[JPG] SmartCopter Team

Prototype with smartphone pulled out of mount for visualization. The SmartCopter Team Annette, Christoph, Hannes and Michael (from left to right)

The most recent proptotype is equipped with a Samsung Galaxy S2, runnind Android v4.0.4 (API level 15).


Interactive Design Study

Press here for an interactive design visualization of the quadcopter's frame. You can navigate through the design study by pressing the whitespace key.



Our publication "Autonomous Flight using a Smartphone as On-Board Processing Unit in GPS-Denied Environments" was awarded for Best Paper at the 11th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia (MoMM 2013).