15 Dec

Paper Paper milestone write up: The link: https://www.overleaf.com/read/zkyzhqtbyvvk It's very welcome to have your comments and feedbacks. Thoughts about validation: Design parameters: Figure out a easy way to measure the design parameters of the physical blimps, the parameters space...

24 Nov

Structure: 4 motors configuration (attackers) 3 motors configuration (defenders) Special case with the strong thrust Electronic system There are several components in our electrical system: Control board: NodeMCU-esp8266 Motor driver: tb6612-fng Motor : 8.5 * 20mm Propeller...

03 Nov

Authors: Parth, Zhaoliang The details can be found in the github Motivation Previously, we introduced about how to control multiple WIFI-based control board through Blynk app. Though it's also convenient, it has two main drawbacks: The local Blynk server requires devices to have different...

27 Oct

Different configuration that I have tested: 4 motors configuration 2 motors + 1 fin configuration 2 motors + 1 fin configuration What is needed for the next step: origami gondola origami motor holder 3D printed motor holder:

19 Oct

In this experiment, we want to control vertical manuver the balloon of by controlling the fins. We took the fin control part of air swimmer clownfish balloon and integrated into our system. In the following video, we showed how to improve and integrate the fin controller into our system step b...

12 Oct

I'm upgrading my 1d binary hypothesis testing algorithm to sampling based n-d binary hypothesis testing algorithm: Right now, I'm verifing a sub-function "sampling from probability distribution - nd" using the following verification flowchart: I've finished 1-d test, moving on to 2-d test. T...

07 Oct

In the past week, I did an experiment on controlling 2 blimps using Blynk app. The videos are shown as follows: The short version: The long version: The settings for two blimps are as follows: The Dolly fish has 4 small 12mm motors: 2 for horizontal control and 2 for vertical control ...

01 Oct

I've completed the first distributed prototype blimp at home. I adapted 2-1 motor configuration and it has 3 DOF: The control video demonstration: Some observations: The steering is really difficult to control because I only use one slider to control the speed of all motors. And it needs t...

01 Oct

My new journal paper "BTO-RRT: A rapid, optimal, smooth and point cloud based path planning algorithm" has been successfully submitted to Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems(JINT). This work is supported by the Laboratory for Embedded Machines and Ubiquitous Robotics(LEMUR) @UCLA, the Dron...

16 Sep

The problem of air leakage is a problem that every balloon has to face. We need to know and understand the air leakage situation of the blimp that we are going to use in the future. The following two pictures are situation of balloon in day 1 vs. day 28: I recorded some data in the past 28 day...