This episode, Brandon reviews the Crazyflie 2.0 drone development kit. While it has since been superseded by the Crazyflie 2.1, the 2.0 version contains many of the same building blocks:
An STM32F405 Cortex-M4 microcontroller
Nordic nRF51822 Bluetooth SoC with integrated Cortex-M0
Onboard LiPo Charger
Full-Speed USB Device Interface
Partial USB OTG Capability
Support for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OSX, Linux Controller Clients
7-Minute Flight Time
1 KM Range
In addition, the Crazyflie 2.0 incorporates a 10 degree-of-freedom accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope, as well as a precision pressure sensor. The kit comes with a battery, motor, and propellers so you can take to the skies in no time, and also allows expansion to your heart's content through a gang of serial interfaces.
The Crazyflie 2.0 is $180 while supplies last, but Bitcraze is phasing it out in favor of the $195 Crazyflie 2.1. You can find more information on the 2.0 at https://store.bitcraze.io/products/crazyflie-2-0, or try winning it by completing the following form:
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Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude.
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