cylon-crazyflie

Cylon adaptor/drivers for Crazyflie nanocopter

Cylon.js For Crazyflie

Cylon.js (http://cylonjs.com) is a JavaScript framework for robotics and physical computing using Node.js

This module provides an adaptor and drivers for the Crazyflie nanocopter (http://www.bitcraze.se/). It uses the Aerogel node module (https://github.com/ceejbot/aerogel) created by @ceejbot thank you!

Want to use Ruby on robots? Check out our sister project Artoo (http://artoo.io)

Want to use the Go programming language to power your robots? Check out our sister project Gobot (http://gobot.io).

On Linux, you need to install some packages before you can install the NPM module:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential pkg-config libusb-1.0-0-dev

And on OS X, you need to have the libusb package to install the module:

$ brew install libusb

Install the module with:

$ npm install cylon cylon-crazyflie

You will also need to install the latest beta firmware to the Crazyflie itself to use the 'hover' mode: https://bitbucket.org/bitcraze/crazyflie-firmware/downloads/Crazyflie_2014.01.0.bin.

This small program causes the Crazyflie to takeoff for 10 seconds.

var Cylon = require('cylon');
 
Cylon.robot({
  connections: {
    crazyflie: { adaptor: 'crazyflie', port: 'radio://1/10/250KPS' }
  },
 
  devices: {
    drone: { driver: 'crazyflie' }
  },
 
  workfunction(my) {
    my.drone.takeoff();
    after((10).seconds(), function() {
      my.drone.land();
    });
    after((15).seconds(), function() {
      my.drone.stop();
    });
  }
}).start();
  my.drone.setParam('flightmode.althold', true);

The Crazyflie uses a 2.4 GHz radio to communicate. There is a USB dongle called the Crazyradio that is required to control the Crazyflie quadcopter.

If you are have a USB 3.0 port, you might run into this issue:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17204253/crazyflie-usb-3-0-incompability.

You need to install some udev-rules to be able to communicate with the crazyflie, it is a good thing that we have a Gort command that does just that:

$ gort crazyflie set-udev-rules

We're busy adding documentation to our web site at http://cylonjs.com/ please check there as we continue to work on Cylon.js

Thank you!

For our contribution guidelines, please go to https://github.com/hybridgroup/cylon/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md.

For the release history, please go to https://github.com/hybridgroup/cylon-crazyflie/blob/master/RELEASES.md.

Copyright (c) 2013-2014 The Hybrid Group. Licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.