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.
|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).
|Autonomous Flight using a Smartphone as On-Board Processing Unit in GPS-Denied Environments In this paper, we present a low-weight and low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for autonomous flight and navigation in GPS-denied environments…||M. Leichtfried, C. Kaltenriner, A. Mossel, H. Kaufmann||Details|
|Autonome Lokalisierung und Navigation eines unbemannten Luftfahrzeugs (UAV) mithilfe eines Smartphones als zentrale Recheneinheit An UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is an aircraft flying without an on-board human pilot. For example they can be utilized to explore for human…||C. Kaltenriner, M. Leichtfried||Details|
Topics & Tasks
|0248||Autonomous flight of a low-cost UAV The master thesis aim is to design and construct an UAV with low cost, off the shelf hardware and implement autonomous flight control in a 2D marker…||A. Mossel, H. Kaufmann||Details|
|W24||Zukunft im Alltag: Quadcopter Drone hebt ab||Feb 11, 2014||Screenshot|
|Focus-News||Малък безпилотен самолет може да използва ума на смартфон||Dec 13, 2013||Screenshot|
|Tech.163||研究人员基于智能手机打造廉价无人机||Dec 12, 2013||Screenshot|
|MIT Technology Review||Drone Gets Its Smarts from a Smartphone||Dec 12, 2013||Screenshot|
|OKTO TV||Strawanza: Künstlich (Minute 10:00 - 11:30)||Dec 10, 2013||Screenshot|
|Raumgeometrie schule.at||Drohnen: Fliegende Roboter als "Dienstleister"?||Dec 04, 2013||Screenshot|
|ORF ZIB 2 (TV)||Amazon-Prime Drohnen (Interview)||Dec 02, 2013||Screenshot|
|Servus TV||TM Wissen: Das Smartphone als Quadcopter-Pilot (Studiogäste)||Nov 24, 2013||Screenshot|
|REUTERS TV||Autonomous quadcopter takes humans out of flying equation||Sep 19, 2013||Screenshot|