Legacy devices and server-side calculations

Nik Ska

Hi,

I wonder, whether it is possible to use server-side calculations to create and preload mission plan to the drone and not use the edge device's compute capabilities. I have a couple of older iphones laying around as backups (7+ and SE) and frankly I see no reason why these outdated machines could not just send control signals to drones following preloaded orders.

Besides, Dronelink already calculates the mission preview online. Are there any caveats I might not be aware of?

Thank you

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    Jim McAndrew Dronelink Staff

    Dronelink already pre-calculates most of the commands before the mission runs. Granted, it does it client-side which is what you experience when you see it say "Preparing for execution", but these calculations are only part of the story (and this would only save a few seconds). For example. rendering the real-time FPV view alone can be too much for very old device with little to no hardware acceleration options. In the end, any solution we propose will result in lots of engineering effort for very little business reward to justify the R&D expense. What is more likely is that we will just add onboard compatibility (to upload waypoints), but this of course will not work with the Mavic Mini, Mavic Air 2, etc.

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    Nik Ska

    Thank you for the reply, Jim. I was under impression that since legacy devices can run DJI fly more or less stable, streaming data is not an issue, but the development time argument set everything straight. I guess, everyone'd rather have more newer and more cool features than workarounds for the older devices. 

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