Paparazzi UAV at DefCon 24

Defcon24-1We will be at DefCon 24. A yearly hacker conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you are there make sure to say hi. To get in touch just send a mention or private message to @paparazziuav on twitter or a contact us in our Gitter Discuss channel.

1BitSquared will be there selling their hardware. If you are interested send them a message to @1bitsquared on twitter. They will have Elle0, Lisa/S, Lisa/MX, Lisa/M autopilots for sale as well as Lisa/S starter kits and Quad Kits. The new Black Magic Probe v2 programming and debugging adapter will be available at the Hacker Warehouse in the Vendor area.

See you there!


Drones vs. Retro-gaming: fly with a Game Boy Classic

Some time ago, I found my old Game Boy at my parents’ house. So the first thing that came to my mind was: can I fly a drone with this ? (and also where is my Mario Bros cartridge).

So I spend some time searching the web to see if I could find some idea to solve my problem. And if it seems that piloting unmanned aircraft with a Game Boy is not so common, you can find everything you need to program it!

But you can’t expect to go directly to an old custom serial com port to a wifi-based drone without some intermediate steps:

gb-ardrone2-wiringFinally, the Game Boy is just sending the bitmask corresponding to the buttons being pressed (with an Arduino and a FTDI to convert Game Link signals to USB), and a small program on the ground station converts this into actual commands for the drone (an ARDrone2 from Parrot with an extra GPS in my case).

The result is here:

See for more information and source code of this demo.