Thursday, June 18, 2020

Raspberry Pi-based Kiosk Display Shares Weather, FAA Advisories for Drones

This Raspberry Pi project is ready for takeoff -- or at least it's ready to plan your drone's next takeoff. We recently spotted this fascinating creation from Sky Horse Tech that uses a Raspberry Pi as the mainboard and shows weather and current FAA advisories on a 32-inch display.

This is extremely useful for anyone planning to fly a drone, as laws and regulations vary across the U.S. and can impact when it's okay to fly. It's important to be mindful of any restrictions or compromising weather conditions before you take off.

The team built a custom housing for the kiosk made from wood. They connected a Raspberry Pi 3 B to an LED screen with 720p resolution. The Pi runs a few applications on top of Raspberry Pi OS, formerly known as Raspbian. It uses three separate API, one for weather information and two for FAA advisories called AirMap and MapBox.

The kiosk is pre-programmed to shut off at night,. This not only saves power but makes sense, considering you can't fly unmanned aircraft systems (or UAS) at night. The team added a few different networks to the Pi so it could be easily transported and set up at different locations.

If you're interested in recreating this drone kiosk for yourself, check out the Sky Horse tech website. The team created a really comprehensive guide to help get you started, including blueprints for the kiosk cabinet.

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