Dear small niche audience of interested students, educators, hobbyists or confused blog readers who have stumbled onto this post. My name is Michael Mogenson, I’m a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University in Boston, MA. I work at the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach and I’m releasing the first iteration of a project I’ve been working on: the AR Drone LabVIEW Toolkit.
What is the AR Drone LabVIEW Toolkit? Its a palette of VI’s for National Instruments LabVIEW that can can control the Parrot AR Drone quadrotor. With these VI’s you can fly the AR Drone around your living room with a USB joystick or gamepad. You can write a program to autonomously fly your AR Drone. You can view the video stream from the AR Drone’s cameras or navigation data from the on-board sensors. You can use the many included image processing algorithms to analyze images from the AR Drone and recognize objects, track people, navigate through enclosed spaces, or anything else you can think of.
If you want the AR Drone LabVIEW Toolkit you can download it from here. Follow the instructions in the READ ME file to install the Toolkit. It should work with the base package of LabVIEW 2010 or later on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Check out these YouTube videos to see what myself and other people have created with the AR Drone LabVIEW Toolkit.
Still reading this and have a lot of free time on your hands? You can read my masters thesis about this project here.