In this chapter, we will control a Parrot Rolling Spider drone using a computer.
The Rolling Spider is a BLE-controlled ultra-compact drone, which is part of Parrot’s Mini Drone product line. It is lifted and propelled by four rotors, which classifies it as a quadcopter. See Figure 11-1 for a photo of a Rolling Spider with wheels attached.
The NodeCopter community initially started off using the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 for hackathon events around the world. Participants would create Node.js applications to control the drone using node-ar-drone. Unlike the Rolling Spider, the AR.Drone 2.0 is a much larger drone, that is controlled over WiFi.
We will be using the node-rolling-spider module to control the Rolling Spider. It offers ...