UPDATE 04/26/2017: We got many reports from users that were not able to get the Solo to work with the Avegant video headset. We tested this ourselves and it turns out that 3DR made a change where the Avegant video headset no longer works with it. 3DR states it should work and in their testing the results were mixed. We are working with them to get full compatibility back. We will update this article once this is resolved.
Before you Begin….
- Update your Avegant video headset firmware to the latest revision. New firmware versions can be found in the Google Play or Apple store.
- Update your drone and radio to the latest revision.
- Ensure that your Avegant video headset and drone are fully charged.
- Procure the right adapter to connect the drone radio to the Avegant video headset HDMI cable.
- Please ensure that you are taking measures to fully comply with FAA regulations, including flying with a spotter or a co-pilot to maintain line of sight (see https://www.faa.gov/uas/publications/model_aircraft_operators/ for information), and other laws governing drone use.
3DR Solo Setup
3DR’s Solo supports live image streaming through the HDMI port on the radio. To set up and enable the Avegant video headset with the Solo:
- Ensure that both the Avegant video headset and the drone are fully up to date (see: Before you Begin).
- Power on and boot the Avegant video headset and the drone.
- Connect the Avegant video headset via HDMI to the back of the Solo’s radio.
- Verify that the Avegant video headset is properly receiving a signal from the radio. If all hardware is up to date and powered on, the Avegant video headset should automatically display the perspective of the drone.
Tips for a good experience:
- Try not to put too much torque on the HDMI connection, lest the connector will fail. In order to prolong the longevity of your HDMI output module, try to relieve long-term strain on the HDMI connection.
- Remember that the WiFi connection used by the Solo builds several hundred milliseconds of latency into the display stack. Expect 250-500ms of latency between the drone’s position and the image that you see.