3D Robotics Opens Its Flight Control App For Drones To Developers


3D Robotics, the largest U.S.-based drone manufacturer, today announced the launch of its open-source Tower flight control app for drone copters and planes on Android phones and tablets. The app gives users a few new ways to talk to their drones, but far more importantly, it offers developers a new way for building new features for drones into the app without having to reinvent the wheel by starting from scratch.

Previously, 3D Robotics (3DR) users worked with the company’s DroidPlanner app to control some of the advanced features of their drones, including auto-follow. Tower is essentially the next version of DroidPlanner with a couple of new features.

3DR pilots can use the app to programm flights, circle around waypoints and use the company’s Follow Me mode and “dronie” feature to take photos and videos of themselves. The software also features a building mapper for creating 3D scans of large structures. This new…

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