The flight of the Drone during Community Days 2014 in Milan
Last week, in Milan, took place the biggest Italian Community event, Community Days 2014. Three really interesting days: 11 tracks, 89 sessions, 75 speakers who talked about Web, Windows Phone, Windows 8.1, XAML, SQL Server, C++, gaming, hardware, and everything that can regard the world of developers.
In this scenario, I had the opportunity to take a speech with my friend Marco Dal Pino. We talked about how to interact with external devices using Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8. The main part of the session concerned the use of Wi-Fi connections. To make things more practical, we presented the AR.Drone 2.0 by Parrot, a radio controlled flying quadcopter helicopter: we showed how to interact with it from a Windows Store or a Windows Phone app.
It was a great (and funny) experience. Instead of using the existing SDK, we decided to start from scratch, with the only help of the Developer Guide. We wanted to understand how difficult it is to manage a complex device like a drone. So, we created a library with all the commands to guide it and we showed its usage during the session, with the following result:
I must admit that make the drone take off, fly and then land in front of all the attendees was a great satisfaction! And I think that our expressions at the end of the video are emblematic of how we felt.
Finally, I want to thank Microsoft Italia, that has given us the opportunity to use and test the drone, and Daniele Bochicchio and Andrea Saltarello, the organizers of Community Days, that have choosen our proposal for the session.