Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The Parrot AR.Drone is looking pretty good, but I am waiting to see about the price and hackability. The API license looks blandly legalistic, but does seem to indicate that running Linux on it will not be easy since you will lose all the pre-written software.
However, looking at the developer guide seems to indicate that if you treat the AR.Drone as a device, building a driver for a ground station running ROS should be relatively easy with AT style commands sent over WiFi using UDP. It will be interesting to see the maximum IMU update frequency you can get over the wireless link.