27 Oct / 2016

Programming Drones for Fun and Profit: Why SHOULDN’T You?

“Programming? That’s for nerds, man!”

That’s probably the first thing that popped up in your mind when you hear about learning to tweaking and programming your drones. Fair enough. But after you see the reasons why you should learn programming, it is my hope that your viewpoint changes.

Why is that? Because, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a nerd to be a programmer. More and more people without a lick of programming knowledge have gone on to create best-selling mobile applications. It’s getting easier and easier to be a programmer more than it’s ever been.

Especially if you’re a drone enthusiast.

There are a multitude of drone options out there for every price point and for every skill level. However, you do not need to purchase the very best rc quadcopter you can own just to get into the programming side of things; you may very well experiment with an affordable model such as the Hubsan X4 to perfect your flying and to learn how to tweak them.

I’ll show you just why you should consider learning to program.

Programming Code for Drones is Fun. No, Seriously.

If you think you’ve known all there is to know about your drones, multicopters, and quadcopters, you’re very wrong: learning how to program is a whole new world filled with challenges to exercise your mental faculty as it relates to your love for drones. For instance, you could learn how to program your drones so that you can stabilize its flight patterns. You can also develop a web application to send commands to your drone while it is in flight. Lastly, you can process GPS and video data from a mobile application. There’s a wealth of information and communities out there discussing this brave new world; you just need to know where to knock.

Learning to Program is a Life Skill.

There’s no better time to learn coding than it is now. It doesn’t have to be a skill whose learning curve ends when you learn how you can integrate it with your knowledge of drones. Now it may seem daunting when you think about how many programming languages exist in the world of computing, but for drones, all you’ll probably ever have to do is learn Python. Alternatively, VHSIC Hardware Description Language or Verilog will be very useful programming languages in the context of drone programming.

You Will Learn How to Design and Develop YOUR Own Drones.

If you are a drone enthusiast with a keen interest in the technical aspects of drones and not just flying and taking photos with them, this is probably the reason that is going to sell you into learning programming. What is cooler than making your own flying robots and live out the fantasies of your MechWarrior and Star Wars childhood days? Programming is an essential step in assembling your very own drone. Luckily, there are vibrant communities of DIY drone fanatics all over the internet who are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. What are you waiting for?

It’s not as hard as you think it is, or as simple as some people make it out to be; as with any discipline, you need to take the first step and stay on the course.