Jan 2014

Opensource Autopilot ?

We are consider open source our autopilot code, and start a community around it. All tools are free, and within minutes any one can be testing and modifying the code.

We support ALL major operating systems, and the hardware needed is very lo cost. But we have now time to get the full potential out of this…

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Autopilot on a smart phone!

This week we recompiled the code for the autopilot to run on Android phone/pad, and also iPhone/iPad !!!!!

As we use multi platform tools it was a matter of configuration to be able to compile that same exact code base to run on Linux, OSX, Windows, Android or iOS. And it worked, the Odis was able to connect over ethernet.

We now look at using the USB as USB OTG for Android systems. And then connect the motor driver to control the activator. On iOS we have ordered two serial cables, one for the new and one for the old iPhon/iPad connector. When we get that we can control the rudder activator with minimum components.

To control the rudder activator we use RC DC motor controllers. The are lo cost, can sustain over 100A current, and are easy to control.

A full autopilot for a boat can then consist of one activator, one motor controller and a phone/pad.
Most phones and pads got GPS, compass, and accelerometers, and can run charter map software.

We can get a full advanced autopilot in a phone, the user connects it when he starts the trip.
Plan the trip any ware, insert the phone to the charger in the boat and off you go. It still works as a phone at the same time :-)

In the Syllogic project we plan to use an Arduino board to connect to the CAN buss etc.

Work on the new Autopilot is started

The new GPU III (Beaglebone Black & Linux based) is mostly ready. Sow work can proceed.
I have spent much time on setting pup test environment and simulators.

Now I am in the process of starting the work on the new Autopilot (IRCU4).
The Old one is disassembled, and I will try to use the driver board, if I can figure out how it works. The alternative is to use a modern RC DC motor Driver. I got one that I have tested, it is small, looks like a toy, but can sustain way more current than the original one.

The CPU will probably be Raspberry PI, Linux based.
I have ordered a new Simrad 350 Linear activator for it. I work at Simrad (Kongsberg Maritime), but we now longer do these things in Norway.
I also ordered a new B&G Computer, I fixed the old one, but it can’t be used on ocean single-handed race.

Why not update the B&G as well? Hmmm, the B&G did an amazing job last year, I think I’ll stick to it for a while. The Raymarine on the X was not as functional, nor the Simrad on the Bennetau we sailed last year…
If something fails in the middle of the ocean and you are alone, its better to have equipment that can be understood and fixed.
The B&G is from another time period, back when things was quite easy to understand and fix.