“DAQopter” is a data acquisition and monitoring system for a wide range of signals: video, distance measuring, temperature measuring, GPS tracking, collected in various environments via a hexacopter drone which is controlled over the wireless using the PIC32MZ development board for IoT and an Android device for overall system control and mobility. The hexacopter drone is a carrier of sensors and it will fly over a long distance or hardly inaccessible environments by the humans in order to acquire digital data useful for the control, for processing, or for predictions. Thus, there will be secured access to remote or hardly accessible places without the need of being there in person. Our system will do the job of remote and wireless data collection, centralized storage, and intelligent predictions.
Digilent has43 available I/O pins, 12 analog inputs, 3.3 operating voltage, 4 user LEDs, potentiometer, buttons, uses MRF24 on-board wireless module, microSD Card, dedicated SPI Signals and high efficiency switching 3.3V switching power supply for low-power operation.
Inventory for this Project
- 1 pcs Digilent Wi-FIRE
- 1 pcs chipKIT PGM Programmer/Debugger
- 1 pcs GWS Servo Kit
- 1 pcs Flame Wheel ARF KIT
- 1 pcs 3S LiPo Battery
- 6 pcs GP2Y0A02YK0F - Infrared Proximity Sensor Long Range
- 1 pcs TTL Serial JPEG Camera
- 6 pcs 5mm LED’s
The hexacopter receives a byte array from the Android device and decodes it as the values for the throttle, aileron, rudder, elevator commands need for the Naza M lite Flight controller. The controller the operates the motor for the specific task needed. The Communication between the Wi-Fire and the Naza M is done using PWM servo signals. The hexacopter has Infrared Proximity Sensors to avoid approaching objects in order to avoid a collision and damaging the device. The object of this project is to make a device that can access places that people can’t and collect information about that place. This project can be transformed into a room scanning hexacopter that can detect persons in a fire with the front camera and avoid objects with the aid of the sensors. Could be used to scan tunnels or all sort of spaces or high altitude where a person could not go without risking their life.
Find all the project details and the source code by visiting the Digilent Project Page.