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P3P Ipad Mini 3 WiFi only and Garmin GLO and Follow Me

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Avionics, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. Avionics

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    Don't post much but I do read a lot.

    I did the 1.4 FW update with no problems. I got all the correct beeps and the solid green light on the gimbal.

    I was very anxious to try Follow Me. The Ipad Mini 3 wifi only has no GPS. After doing a little
    research on GPS receivers I ordered a Garmin GLO on Amazon. I chose this unit because it is WAAS and GLONASS compatible. I figured the more satellites the better.

    I set the ipad Mini 3 up with wifi off and bluetooth on. The ipad and the Garmin GLO paired with no problem.
    On the DJI GO App I noticed a Blue circle where my home point was, so I figured I was good to go to try the follow me feature. I have a small field next to me where I do test flights. I launched the P3P and then paired the Garmin GLO with the Ipad.

    I put the flight mode switch in the F and the menu tab appeared next to the flight status tab at the top of the screen. I chose Follow me from the menu after tapping the new tab and there it was. I place the Garmin GLO in a little case on my belt. I noticed you have to fly to a height of 30m for the follow me modes to work. After hitting apply I walked around the field and the P3P followed me where ever I walked.

    So I would say the Garmin GLO works so far. I also tested the POI function and it worked also. I do not think you need GPS for POI.
     
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  2. sdharris

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    What is the range of the bluetooth on the GLO?

    I was considering this for the family to run about with while I stand in the corner of the field with the controller. Its difficult to look natural and that you are having fun with a controller and iPad in your hand.
     
  3. Avionics

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    I think I read somewhere the range is approximately 30 feet. I could be wrong.
     
  4. sdharris

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    Ah thats a shame, sounds like I would still need to run about and look awkward ;-)
     
  5. Avionics

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    There are other GPS receivers out there you may find one with a greater range.
     
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    It's bluetooth. It's the range of bluetooth. 30 feet on a good day.
     
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  7. Avionics

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    mirrorimage you are correct. I should have known that, but I had a SM (senior moment).

    :)
     
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  8. FunN4lo

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    It doesn't matter the range of the BT. The Phantom has to communicate with the tx, which has to be connected to the phone/tablet with gps. The Phantom follows where the tx/phone/tablet is located
     
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    Heh, I just call those moments me being "normal" :( hehe
     
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    There is 2 or 3 different classes of bluetooth. I think one has up to 300 feet or something crazy like that but do not know which class is in the iPhone or the GLO.
     
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    Just purchased a GLO also and it works great.
    Class 3 radios – have a range of up to 1 meter or 3 feet
    Class 2 radios – most commonly found in mobile devices – have a range of 10 meters or 33 feet
    Class 1 radios – used primarily in industrial use cases – have a range of 100 meters or 300 feet
     
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    iPhone and iPad support all current versions of Bluetooth including 4.0+EDR. I think the legal maximum range is 32 feet. It's a class 2 transmitter. If someone is boasting 300 feet claim they are probably lying. I've seen motorola do this, but it was only with antennas and under the best line of site. It would be a lot of fun to tell it to follow somebody other than the operator. Maybe use AutoPilot on iOS to do this?
     
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    Our posts were seconds apart :)
     
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    Nice... The only thing I don't like is the 30 meters
     
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    Thanks for googling that guys.
     
  16. Avionics

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    When you think of it, 30 yards is better than GPS built in to an Ipad which would be Zero yards.
    ;)
     
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    It's also going to be a heck of a lot better than a tiny GPS chip inside a tablet.

    The tradeoff is that you have one more failure point. Bluetooth connections are not rock solid.
     
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    I just purchased a Glo. So all you do is pair it with your device and that's it? No background apps to run apart from DJI Go?
     
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    This one does not seem logical. If positioning comes from the GPS receiver and it is wireless linked to the Glo then the position in the GOapp should update position according to the Glo. If the Glo goes off somewhere and the TX is stationary the bird should follow the Glo. Now the question would be is the Glo/TX a Class 1?
     
  20. Oso

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    Correct. It would follow the GPS unit, not the RC. Just as you said.
    Of course it goes without saying I hope that the range of the bluetooth from GPS to iPad is very limited.

    It works like this. Click to enlarge if needed.
    image.jpg
     
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