As we have talked about in previous blog post, a big work, and a big change, coming to the Crazyflie is the development of a new communication stack. We are organizing an online dev-meeting about this the Wednesday 22th of February 2023 at 15:00 CEST, if you have any feedback, opinion, ideas or just want to talk to us, you are welcome to join. More information on github discussion.
The current communication protocols used by the Crazyflie are 10 years old by now and starts to be the limiting factor for new experiments and for improving the platform. We are starting to work on it to make the Crazyflie protocol for the next 10+ years. Among the things we have been looking at, and want to work on, are:
- Making a new USB radio dongle with extended capabilities: Crazyradio 2.0
- Making new low level radio protocol implementing channel hopping and P2P communication making use of the new Crazyradio 2.0 capabilities.
- Making a new RPC-Based communication protocol to make it easier to develop new functionality and interfacing with framework like ROS2
- Defining interface with other part of the system like decks using the same RPC protocol, this would make it easier to develop new deck by limiting the number of project to modify each time a deck is developed.
As you can see, this discussion spans to everything that touches communication from the Crazyflie to outside systems as well as with decks. We think there is a way to make things much better and easier to work with. If we have some time left in the hours we can also handle some general support questions.
If you are interested in the topic please join us on Wednesday and let’s talk about it! You can check the joining information on github discussion. These dev-meeting are not recorded, they are intended as a forum where we can talk together about the Crazyflie and its ecosystem. Welcome!