Android-controlled robotic blimp

Computers & Mobile Fun & Games Robotics

YARB is a robotic blimp controlled using an Android phone. Images are sent over Wi-Fi from the blimp to the phone’s display as it’s maneuvered along using the tilt sensor inside the G1.

Source code for the control interface is hosted at

The tilt sensors in the Android phone work quite nicely for rotor control – we have proportional steering so the amount of tilt controls the amount of power, and live video is displayed on the Android screen from the blimp’s onboard Surveyor SRV-1 Blackfin camera, carried via the same radio channel that sends the control signals.

YARB robotic blimp controlled by Google Android G1 phone


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