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Flying Hubsan X4 using Arduino

This blog post is about a recent class project I have been doing with my team mates for the DIY Intel Galileo class. The main aim of the project was to replicate the already existing projects on flying a Hubsan X4 using Arduino on an intel galileo gen 2 board.

The RX/TX circuit design was built using A7105 Trans receiver.

Our circuit connections using A7105 with Arduino pins. Pin numbers are for Arduino.

Our circuit connections using A7105 with Arduino pins. Pin numbers are for Arduino.

In the process of doing so we ended up first trying out using the available resources on an Arduino Uno board. The details of our project and how we proceeded using some existing libraries and circuit design are mentioned on our wiki page at:

Phase 1:

Getting the circuit to work with the code using Arduino Uno. I had to modify a bit of the excellent library written andihit at by

Here is the demo:

Phase 2:

This phase included getting the full fledged code working and we demoed it in our class. Here is the footage.

Phase 3:

Using the library we have implemented the keyboard control solution for controlling the quad.

Issues with Intel Galileo Gen 2:

We wanted to port this same code and circuit on the Intel Galileo Gen 2 using its Arduino Pins.

However we faced a major issue in the SPI pin configuration. Pin 11 on the Galileo was not acting the same way as Pin 11 on the Arduino. We checked the voltage across major pins on both arduino and galileo and found the difference only on Pin 11 which is connected to the SDIO pin on A7105. The voltage on Pin 11 is 0 when using on a galileo but on arduino it gives a good 3.79 volts. We have detailed all that info on our Wiki page mentioned above.

Thanks a lot to my team mates Ishita and Abhinav for their effort in making this project a reality. Hopefully we will be able to get this running on galileo with some tweaks.

Intel Galileo Gen 2 Board for interfacing internet of things: Getting Started

This semester I have signed up for the course INFO 490: DIY with Galileo Development Boards which is a DIY fun course on trying to use the latest Intel Galileo Gen 2 board for variety of playful and useful purposes. I will be trying to document this course in the series of blog posts starting with this post about getting started with the board.

Introduction to Intel Galileo Gen 2:

The intel galileo gen 2 board is a step ahead of the regular embedded systems development boards like Arduino and Raspberry pi in the sense that that is has the full capabilities of Arduino as well as the Intel Quark processor with 256 MB DDR3 RAM. The board thus allows the capabilities of controlling embedded circuits as one would do with an Arduino along with running a linux image which can also be used for controlling the Arduino style GPIO pins on the board. There are tons of resources both on the Galileo website as well as some good tutorials on Sparkfun on how to connect the board and use a demo sketch to use the Arduino side of things as well as details about running a large Linux image on it to do complicated stuff like connecting to the internet. The following are some resources which one can use to get their Galileo board up and running:

Using Bigger Linux image via SSH over ethernet:

This is an important and useful thing to learn and configure on the board. If you plan on using more than the Arduino interface and try the Linux interface of the board you will get a lot more flexibility. There are 2 ways to use the console of the board. One is using the Serial port to access the console and another is using SSH connection over ethernet port to the bigger Linux image. Below I will try to explain in detail how to use the SSH over ethernet port which is a much smoother way and can also be use over the network. The usage of serial port can be found on the Sparkfun Getting Started page.

In order to get the SSH connection working you will need the following:

  • Ethernet Cable
  • Arduino IDE for Galileo configured using any of the getting started
  • An SD card with at-least 1-2GB memory with the Bigger Linux Image downloaded from the Intel Download page

Now start the board with the Linux Image on the SD card loaded and upload the first of the following sketches [SSH_IP.ino] to the board:

This code will configure the IP address of the board as and you should also set the Ethernet IP of your own computer to and use the subnet mask as for both the systems. The code also starts the SSH service on the board which will allow it to accept SSH connections.

Using the second code above [SSH_IP_LISTEN.ino] one can track what is the current IP of the board. This will be useful for the case when you have the IP of the board configured over a DHCP (usually when you connect it to your home router).

A good way to configure the board would be for it to use a static IP when connected to the computer over ethernet and to use DHCP when connected to the router.

For this to work when you SSH into the board using ssh pi@ you can edit the following file /etc/network/interfaces to the contents of the file 3 [interfaces] shown above. After this you might loose your current SSH connection. Just press the reboot button on the board and wait for it to load again. Once the board has booted up you can either load the 2nd sketch [SSH_IP_LISTEN.ino] and open the Serial Monitor to see the IP of the board and connect to that IP (this IP will usually be different from the static IP you have set up earlier) via SSH. You can also find the IP of your board by logging into your router admin account and checking the IP of the device which is named after the board (default: clanton).

Once you have the SSH running you can try using the various options you get for controlling the board using the command line. I will try to add more info on playing around with the board via linux in future posts.

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