Hot off the presses via their blog, the guys over at FlyTrex have updated their GPS MultiRotor telemetry system to also provide live data feed straight to their website, making it the first ‘Black Box’ for quadcopters. FlyTrex Live uses a GSM (cell phone data) connection to transmit Speed, Location, Altitude, and Battery Voltage live directly to their website.
What makes this such a big deal? Thanks to that GSM connection, one can provide real time tracking data to help search and rescue operations for fly-aways, crashes, etc.
Other features/statistics as shown on their page:
- GSM Powered - Flytrex Live uses standalone GSM data connection that transmits your flight telemetry automatically to your personal Flytrex Profile whenever you takeoff and for the duration of your flight.
- Auto Flight Logger - Similar to the Core, Flytrex Live brings powerful flight logging capabilities. All of your flight details are logged and stored in your personal Flytrex Profile. With Flytrex Live, logging is done automatically and you no longer need to copy mission files after flying. All of your flight missions are automatically transmitted to your Flytrex Profile and will show almost instantly after landing.In addition to GPS location, speed, altitude and temperature, Flytrex Live adds voltage logging that helps you analyze battery performance during your flights.
- Live Tracker, Last Seen - Unlike other trackers that rely on challenge-response operation, Flytrex Live maintains a live data connection that guarantees you’ll always know where your multirotor was last seen, making sure you’ll never lose your multirotor again. Should your aircraft go MIA, visit the new Last Seen tool in your Flytrex Profile to see where your multirotor was last spotted.
- Live Flight Channel - Share your flight in real time with your personal Live Flight Channel. Your Live Flight Channel let’s you broadcast your flight telemetry, stats, and Google Maps flight path as-you-fly. Link to your channel, share your Flight Channel with other Flytrex pilots, or allow Flytrex to automatically post to your Facebook timeline as soon as you takeoff!
- Lightweight & Robust - Flytrex Live was designed to be the smallest, most lightweight and robust black box solution for multirotors. Flytrex Live weighs only 34 grams and measures 4.5 x 4.8 cm.
On top of that, there will be an iOS app for the FlyTrex system that will have some fun features, but no specifics given.
The FlyTrex Live sells for $190 and also requires a $9 cable for the GPS quad of your choice (Supports DJI NAZA-M, Phantom, Blade 350QX, and Ardupilot 2.5/2.6). You can order now and see more details regarding the Flytrex Live on the Flytrex webpage Right Here.
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First seen at the Shizuoka Hobby Show a couple of weeks ago, Hitec has now released more information on their upcoming Lynx 4S radio system. The 4S looks to easily be the most technologically advanced transmitter that Hitec has ever produced. Some of its features include-
* Includes bi-directional telemetry for speed, rpm, temp, and voltage
* 4096 resolution
* Easy-to-Change Control Mode for left handed drivers
* Utilizes Hitec’s AFHSS 2.4GHz system
* Has ultra-fast 4ms Hitec High Response System (HHR)
* Includes steering wheel extension and built in antenna
* Can use a Micro SD card for model memory, music, & warning sound storage
* Has ear phone jack for listening to music & warning sounds
* 30 model memory standard, up to 60 with Micro SD
* Has variable mixing for 4WS/Crawling
* Has vibration mode and PC link support for firmware updates
* Backlit graphic LCD screen
* 6-Color LED indicates transmitter status (Red/Green/Blue/Yellow/Magenta/Cyan)
* Adjustable spring tension on steering & throttle, wheel and trigger position also adjustable
The part number and pricing information has not been released, but you can hit up This Link over on Hitec’s website for a few more details.
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Hitec Lynx 4S Gallery
After a bit of teasing, the Futaba crew has released full information on their new flagship transmitter, the 4PX. At the top of the list for features is a 3.5″ color LCD screen, it is 30% faster than the previous model, and it has the ability to handle up to 31 telemetry sensors. Some of its other features include-
* Works with T-FHSS, S-FHSS and FASST receivers
* Sports an internal aluminum frame
* Can be set up left or right handed
* Drop down wheel option and comes with 32° & 34° wheel adapters
* 15 grams lighter than the 4PKS-R
* Comes with two different grip thicknesses
* Two trigger options will be available
* Synthesized voice for telemetry data
* 40-model memory
* Includes crawler functions like 4WS and dual ESC mixing
* Software can be updated by consumer
* Large assignable switch located on bottom edge that can be activated by drivers body
* Grip has built-in vibration
* Built-in S.Bus servo/Futaba ESC/telemetry sensor programmer
* Adjustable, built-in antenna
The 4PX has a part number of #FUTK4905, a street price of $550, and they are expect to hit hobby shops in late August. Get more details at This Link over on Futaba’s official website.
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It has been a while since Hitec has released a new surface controller, but it looks like the dry spell is over. Hitec is teasing their new Lynx 4S car controller. While full specifications have not been released, we do know it features telemetry, it has 4 channel capability, and it can even read out the speed of your car on its screen. Expect more details soon on this one, until then you can hit up This Link to visit the official Hitec website.
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Hitec Lynx 4S Display
The time has come for a new flagship transmitter over at Futaba, take a look at the 4PX. The 4PX takes over for the 4PK series of transmitters and is designed to be at the very top end of radio technology. Some of the highlights include-
* 3.5″ TFT color screen
* Voice telemetry
* Improved weight balance
* Aluminum frame
* Lighter weight
* Low wheel position with drop down option
* Wheel can be switched for left handed drivers
* Can use T-FHSS, S-FHSS, and FASST receivers
* 30% faster response than previous model
The 4PX is slated for an August release date and we will post more information when available. Hit This Link for more Futaba news on BigSquidRC.
Futaba 4PX Gallery
THE Spektrum DX4S 4-Channel DSMR AVC Radio System Review
What’s the real scoop on Spektrum’s new AVC (Active Vehicle Control) system? Does it work? Can it truly make your car easier to drive? Is it just another marketing gimmick? Has range improved with the newer Spektrum products? We’ve been driving, testing, and beating on a Spektrum DX4S for weeks now and we learned a lot about it. To find out exactly what we learned, and to get the answers to all the questions above, hit the “Read More” button to get this party started…
It seems that everything is going to touch screens, now they’ve even made their way to transmitters. The new Graupner X-8E not only has a 320 x 240 touch sensitive LCD screen, but has 4 channel output and telemetry. You can even use a micro-SD memory card to store the telemetry data. Some of its other features and specifications include-
* Touch screen
* Voice output via headphone
* Bluetooth external module
* Wheel can be mounted on left or right
* 2.4GHz operation
* Various timers
* Modes for crawling, track, or boats with 2 motors
* Anti-lock braking
The Graupner X-8E is priced at $350, although we could get no information on when, or even if, it will hit American shores.
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THE Futaba 4PLS (4PL Super) S-FHSS Telemetry Radio Review
The venerable Futaba 4PL was perhaps the best radio system ever made for the bashing market. Well it’s deceased now, replaced by a newer model, the 4PLS (Super). Does the 4PLS live up to the high expectations? Being Futaba’s first surface radio with telemetry, did they get it right? Can it take an epic beating? Click the “Read More” button to find out… (And see the Durability Testing Video)
The old Futaba 4PL was known as one of the best basher transmitters of all time. It’s replacement, the new 4PLS is even better yet keeps the same $249 price point.
The big news on the 4PLS is the addition of telemetry, allowing the driver to monitor temperature, voltage, and rpm in real time and the ability to log the data for future use. Some of the other key features include-
* Transmits in T-FHSS, FHSS and S-FHSS
* Huge 40 model memory
* 128 x 64 backlit LCD display
* Gyro, 4ws, dual ESC and brake mixing
* User settable data logging intervals
* Temperature, rpm, receiver voltage and external voltage telemetry
The part number for the new 4PLS is #FUTK1410 and they are said to be available right now. Hit THIS LINK for the official Futaba website.
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Futaba 4PLS Gallery
Ever since the Futaba 4PL was first introduced it has been a favorite of ours here at BigSquidRC. What was there not to like? It had tons of high-end features (and performance) at a working mans price point.
Information has just been leaked on the new Futaba 4PLS. The 4PLS looks to come with a few upgrades over the older 4PL. For instance the 4PLS is set-up for use with telemetry and comes standard with a 2S LiFe battery. We’ll post more information on the 4PLS as we receive it, until then check out the official Futaba Website to take a look at some of their other fine products.
Have you seen the durability testing video that we did on the Futaba 4PL? If not, you can see it HERE.
Two of Traxxas’s legendary monster trucks just got even better, they now come not only with the Traxxas TQi radio system and docking base, but they even have telemetry pre-installed. The addition of the on-board telemetry really helps you keep track of what is going on in your truck as you can see real-time data such as speed, engine RPM, engine temperature, and battery voltage. The part numbers stay the same as before, #4907 for the T-Maxx 3.3, and #5309 for the Revo 3.3. Hit up the official Traxxas Website for more information.
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Traxxas T-Maxx & Revo 3.3 TQi Gallery
Traxxas has sold thousands of Ultimate Slash 4×4′s but they are bound to sell a lot more with the updates that come on it now. Traxxas is now including their new LCG chassis, a Lipo battery, their TQi radio, and GTR shocks on the Ultimate series Slash 4×4 for your driving enjoyment. Some of the other specs and features of the Ultimate Slash 4×4 include-
* NEW- Rigid low center of gravity chassis design
* NEW- Power Cell 5000mAh 2-cell LiPo battery
* NEW- AC 2-cell and 3-cell LiPo charger
* NEW- Hard-anodized and PTFE coated 13mm bore GTR aluminum shocks w/ 3.5mm titanium nitride shafts
* NEW- Factory installed speed, temp, and voltage telemetry sensors
* TQi 2.4GHz Radio System with Docking Base
* 5-channel Traxxas Link micro receiver
* Blue-anodized aluminum C-Hubs
* Blue-anodized aluminum steering blocks
* Blue-anodized aluminum rear hub carriers
* Blue-anodized aluminum axle nuts
* Front and rear swaybars with included optional extra-stiff swaybar set
* S1-compound, officially-licensed BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires
* Sealed, silicone-filled center differential (included separately)
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Traxxas Ultimate Slash 4x4 LCG Gallery
For those of you that don’t subscribe to the theory that the iPhone/iPad was created by the devil himself (Brian and I both fall into the “iOS rocks!” crowd) Spektrum will be releasing the new TR1000 STi Telemetry Interface speficially for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The TR1000 STi allows you to monitor all the telemetry data from your vehicle right on your iOS device, provided you have a DSM2/DSMX Spektrum or JR transmitter paired to a telemetry device. It will even alert you if one of the specs gets out of a range you’ve defined.
The TR1000 STi should be avaliable by mid May for around $100. Check out the Spektrum website for more info!