I am brand new to drones/development and I was hoping someone advise me regarding the best drone to get or the limitations of different approaches.
My story is that I am a software developer and I am helping a friend of mine who is creating an art exhibition 6 weeks from now. It is a closed space and the idea would be to have several drones flying around in a “fly like” manner. There would be no people in the room itself but visitors would be able to look in through windows all across the space.
It seems to me that the parrot line of drones fit my needs as they support indoor flight out of the box and also have an open client API for programatic flight.
So to my questions:
- Firstly, has anyone ever done anything similar to this, are my plans unrealistic? Forgetting for the moment the short battery life and the issues arising from that, is the sensor data and rate at which it is sent accurate enough for me to avoid things such as collisions with walls and/or other drones?
- Connecting via BLE seems like it would be easier to do as I can connect to multiple devices without the restraint of joining each individual drone’s wifi network, but as I understand it not all sensor data is sent via this method. Is it true that the altitude is only available on WIFI?
- Does anyone have any suggestions as to the best way to connect to multiple drones via wifi? I was thinking maybe I could connect via multiple external wifi dongles but I’m not sure how reliable that would be. My experience so far (via free flight mini app) has been that connecting and controlling the drone via wifi has been quite flakey. I often find i am constantly restarting the drone, app and reconnecting/disconnecting to the drones wifi network and sometimes it “works” and other times it doesnt.
And of course, if anyone has another general advice I would supper appreciate all input.