There is now a new Version of DUBwise - this Blog-Post intends to give some background and insight about this new thingy.
UAVTalk is an open protocol designed for communicating with UAVs. It is originated by the great OpenPilot-Project but can also be used in other projects. It is very efficient and flexible by using xml for the protocol description but raw binary values for transfer.
Why a new version?
To be honest, I tried to make the recent DUBwise speak UAVtalk but I failed badly. This has two main reasons: #1 DUBwise is grown wild over about 2 years and especially with its roots in J2ME and the MikroKopter Protocol. I have to confess that it has grown to a big and fragile beast. #2 When I really started the project I was on a backpacking trip to the other side of the world which consumed and is consuming a lot of my time and abilities.
I realised that way to late after wasting a lot of precious time walking in the wrong direction. But better now than never I started DUBwise for UAVTalk as a new project when I had the van all for myself for three weeks. What does that mean for the user:
- no J2ME support ( as this was the biggest problem with the DUBwise code base - perhaps I will do a minimal J2ME version when I have a week in a dark cellar, but just because my UAVTalk protocol code had J2ME still in mind and to justify the pain and uglyness of that )
- very limited functionality on the start ( The initial version in the market has only a UAVObject Browser and Audio Voice output - but even that little bit could help on the field so I am releasing it now as it is)
That is bad for the user on one side, but on the other it is better in the long-run because I also gain more flexibility and am not bound to old ideas. For the example of the Audio Voice Output ( StatusVoice ) this means that the user can not only switch on and off stuff that is spoken statically - he can also define text blocks which can contain UAVObjects that are spoken. That is a very flexible approach and so much closer to the flexible OpenPilot way of thinking.
I uploaded the version to the market and commited the rest of the protocol stuff to the OpenPilot repository. I released the protocol stuff ( juavtalk and juavobjects ) in their svn repo with "OpenPilot Team" as author and unter the GPL but I will stick with my non military cc license for the DUBwise code. I will publish the DUBwise code as usual on my github account - but I need to do a cleanup first and I am going to a 5day-ish backcountry hiking trip now, so there could be a delay with that and the reply from me - but are now probably used to that fact since as a backpacker now I am not on my PC 24/7 anymore at this moment ( will change ) ..
As I said for approx. 5 days I will be in the bush without equipment the next time, but after that I will try to reply to the feedback. After that I will build a screen to show an artificcial horizon and values. I will use the same mechanism I produced for the StatusVoice to pick UAVObjects to display. These are the two things which are used most in the MK-DUBwise Version so I will polish them first ( like adding conditions to the StatusVoice blocks ) before adding more features. It is getting colder and colder here in New Zealand so I think I will find more time for coding now.