Self balancing / Auto-pilot


#1

Has anyone experimented with using a servo connected to the stabiliser and some sort of ultrasonic transducer (or other form of depth measurement) to keep the foil at a consistent depth?


#2

I dont think anyone has, but this RC version is working pretty well!


#3

Very cool! It would be interesting to know if they used ultrasonic transducers.

It would be especially interesting to understand how well ultrasonic transducers work on the water surface (smooth, choppy, wavy, etc). Does anyone know?


#4

This is super awesome. Do you know who built it? Are they on this forum?


#5

It would be amazing to find out about the mechanics and the code for this!


#6

The University of Florida built it.


#7

Do you have any contact info for the U of F design team that built the craft? I would like to talk/meet them.


#8

Here’s a new video from them, version 2 with retractable foil:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3N-pKMpSYs
Don’t know why college kids wouldn’t want to sit on top and go for a ride? That should be the real goal of this project.


#9

probably because it takes a lot less power to self balance a board with an exact weight . And The algorithms would all change


#10

Yeah, I am sure the prof wouldn’t like it, but my first thought after seeing it work would be to hop on top. Of course that’s Gator water.:grinning: