I’ve just gotten my Sensordrone. Now what?
The Sensordrone has a micro-USB connection on the top, an eternal connector port on the bottom, and a reset button beside the external connector. The “face” housing is stainless steel, but it ships with a white, protective film over it; you can peel this off. We might have even started one corner of it for you.
Here is how the LEDs currently work (1.1.3 firmware).
When charging, the Sensordrone will turn it’s LEDs orange, and when it is fully charged the LEDs will turn green. (In firmware 1.1.2, the LEDs would blink orange, but in the most recent version, they are solid orange). It should only take an hour or so to fully charge the battery.
When reset, the LEDs will flash red, then blue, then green.
When connected to an app, the app controls the LEDs! In our apps, we often make the LEDs blue, or blink, or do something to indicate that you have connected to the the device, but this is all controlled in the app and not the firmware.
We are pretty good about shipping Sensordrones with the latest firmware, but you still might need an update if we’ve recently made one available (or if you’ve had your Sensordrone for a while). Currently, firmware updates are done over USB, from out Firmware Update program (which is available on the Downloads page). Here are a few notes about the Firmware Update Program:
The version of the Firmware Update program is not the version of the firmware included. The latest version of the program will include all previous versions of the firmware. We provide links to older versions, but you should always download the latest version of the program. It is written in Java, so you will need Java installed on your computer. We wrote it in Java so it will work on Windows, OSX, and Linux If you haven’t previously done so, you will need to install a driver. There is more information in the included README.txt file in the download. If the text is all bunched up, try the README.pdf. If the firmware update is interrupted, your Sensordrone is not ruined; you will just need restart the update process. (It will likely be unresponsive until you do, though).
If you have an Android device, you can get our apps from the google Play Store. If you have an iOS device, you can get our apps on the App Store. A note to iOS users, this October we will be porting over our current Android apps over to iOS. We know we’re a little light on the iOS side, and we’re working on it.
We suggest you also search for “Sensordrone”, or perhaps even “Sensorcon”, to find any new apps developed by a 3rd party.
We post nearly all of our apps to our github account. You can check those out for examples, and download the library there (or a pre-compiled version of the Library on our Downloads page here). We have open sourced our libraries too, so you can even develop a Sensordrone library for your own language of choice if you want!
If there is anything you love and/or hate about the Sensordrone, or any of our Apps, let us know! We will always try to help and improve things when we can! We have a Sensordrone Facebook page and Twitter account, but we prefer if you contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or on our forum. We prefer the forum, so that any information is gathered in one place and easier for other people to find, but feel free to contact us however you feel most comfortable. We also check the forum much more frequently than Facebook or Twitter!