Fighting Walrus Radio - iPad/iPhone UAV Base-station


When I first heard the name “Fighting Walrus Radio,” I wasn’t sure if it was a clever name for some indie rock station or a reference to two walruses duking it out over an AM/FM set - turns out, probably not so surprisingly, it’s neither. The Fighting Walrus Radio is a cleverly designed product that turns your iPad or iPhone into a base-station for a UAV. With the AVC coming up, this certainly seems timely to share.

The Fighting Walrus Radio communicates with your drone using the MAVLink Micro Air Vehicle communication protocol. This makes it compatible with existing drone platforms such as Ardupilot. It also has a cool list of features/abilities, such as:

  • Monitor your UAV’s critical flight systems
  • Touch the screen to send new waypoints to your drone
  • Log flight data
  • Open-source iOS app
  • Rugged aluminum design
  • 1 mile range
  • Compatible with all MAVLink drones and Parrot AR.Drone
  • 30-pin and Lightning connector versions

You can learn more and contribute to the Fighting Walrus Radio IndieGoGo to get your own at this page. There are only 5 days left on their campaign, so if you want one, you better hurry!


Comments 11 comments

  • Why are they wasting time on iOS based devices…

    • I was wondering the same thing. They keep saying iOS is the perfect fit, but why?

      • I totally agree. They say iOS is a perfect fit, but then they say that the biggest challenge will be getting approval from Apple. I smell fanboy…

        • I’ve got my own set of beefs with Apple, and it’s reasonable to criticize their platform and practices, but the facts on the ground are that lots of people are inclined to use and like their stuff (something like 109k visits to sparkfun.com in the last month have been on iOS devices), and there is absolutely no profit to be had in yet another operating system flamewar in the comments here. We’ve already zapped a few, and if this goes any further towards the usual shouting match, we’ll zap this thread as well.

          In summary: Please, stop. If you want to argue about operating systems and call people names, the entire rest of the internet will probably oblige you.

  • well I am sure if its a success they will expand to other platforms. Also from personal use on touch devices I feel igadgets are really responsive…. but I guess that’s just comparing it to Samsung and HTC phone, I have yet to try anything past galaxy 3. once again GL with raising the money!!!

  • Would never use something like this designed for iOS, it’s far too closed and objective c is really painful to work in. Maybe if this was for Android or even Windows Phone, but there’s no way I could see myself working on drones with an iOS device.

  • I would love that for the class room. It would be a fun way to control experiments.

  • Not big on programming….. but could it have something to do with programming it for the IOS? I know android you use JAVA. What about IOS? I to would have been all over the android platform. I think they would get twice as much support for an android device. But hopefully they meet there mark it does sound like a very useful tool to have! GL!

  • Bryan said they’d be at AVC this year, so hopefully we’ll get to see Fighting Walrus in action!

  • Love the “Indie GoGo” dub over job!?!


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