After all the fun we had, while also learning a lot, during our first Project Friday “Artificial Intelligence meets Coffee” project We felt it was time for a second project. So this time, instead of giving an eye and a brain to a coffeemachine, why not try to do the same to a drone?! What if we could make a drone come fly up to us when we call for it and tell it what to do after it recognizes who we are…
Our second Project Friday was born!
You might wonder what Project Friday actually is… Well, that’s an easy one; once a month(or so) we’ll lock some colleagues in a room with a couple of beers and a fun project. Why do we do this? Well, because it’s fun and we also learn a lot.
To get started with this Project Friday, we first needed a drone! We chose for the Parrot AR 2.0 Drone, because you can easily connect this drone to your computer to take over the command.
Most of this first afternoon was spend on trying to fly the drone inside. Which, we found out the hard way, isn’t so easy! A few walls were hit and we did see some people running for their lives, but in the end of the day everbody, including the drone, survived. All is good!
We even managed do give a few commands to the drone from the computer. Although the effect of the commands weren’t as successful as we had hoped…
What we’ve learned so far:
- flying a drone inside is difficult,
- connecting to the drone from the computer is easy,
- giving the right commands isn’t easy at all,
- we love being pilots!