Sunday, January 8, 2017

Airball for Linux Single-Board Computers

This weekend I started porting the Airball UI to generic Java code -- removing the Android dependencies -- so that it can be used on a Linux Single-Board Computer such as a Raspberry Pi or an Up Board. Here is the new Github repo:

https://github.com/ihab/airball-for-lsbc

This will eventually allow us to build the UI as a customized avionics "brick". While displaying the UI on smartphones and tablets is cool -- and likely how we're going to start prototyping Airball -- building a dedicated avionics box is essential for the following two reasons:

1. We can use a high brightness (1000+ nit) LCD panel for daylight visibility; and

2. The controls can be minimized to one or two simple knobs for ease of use.

As an example of the sort of thing we plan to build, check out the Dynon D2 Pocket Panel.

Work proceeds!


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Probe mounted on car

This is the prototype of our probe on a car. The electronics will be external for the time being, then we'll work on packaging: