Is it a bird? Now on iOS

October 13, 2017

You’ve used the website, but what if you don’t have an internet connection? What if spot something and need to know quickly if it is a bird? Now you can using the amazing new “Is it a bird?” app, available on the iOS App Store today!

Convolutional Neural Network Bird Detector

June 10, 2017

Now live at isitabird.mckeogh.tech EDIT: Also now written entirely in Go! It’s been done many times already, but I needed a project to distract from my looming exam results. Like many others, I saw xkcd No. 1425 as a challenge, and in a few hours I had a working bird classifier, written in Python. New code available on GitHub. There are many much better written articles online describing how it works, but essentially small mathematical functions, like neurones in a brain, make up networks that will take an input, apply those functions to it and produce an output. ... Read more

Computer Vision for UAS Search and Rescue

January 28, 2017

I am currently developing a multi-rotor unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to be used in search and rescue operations using object recognition to find a target and deliver a payload, e.g. to help an injured climber on traditionally inaccessible terrain needing to be dropped fluids, a torch, an insulating blanket and/or a flare to assist their survival and later rescue. The onboard computer is a Raspberry Pi 3 with a Navio2 board. ... Read more

RGB Motion Reactive Bluetooth Snowboard

January 6, 2017

The weekend before we left on a winter holiday, I saw a bluetooth module and an Pro Mini on a breadboard and had an idea. What if I could control the lighting on a snowboard with my phone? 4 hours later, an LED strip and 5V regulator ordered, I set out to create a lighting system that I could install onto my board. Since I would be renting one and I couldn’t take any tools on the plane I had to plan carefully. ... Read more

Long Range UAS

November 17, 2016

My latest build is a Pixhawk Skywalker 1900 UAV. It has a wingspan of 1.9m, and uses a 4s 16000mAh battery. The plane is outfitted with a 1.3GHz 800mW video transmitter, minimOSD and Skew Planer antenna. My current record is a 3h14m flight completely autonomous, from take off to landing. I have been able to fly at 350M AGL drawing only 3.4 amps, showing at least 4 hours is possible on this platform with further work. ... Read more

Aberystwyth University Robotics Beach Lab

June 14, 2015

I was a student ambassador for the Aberystwyth University robotics department in 2014 and again in 2015. I demonstrated and talked to the public about the work I had done in the Aberystwyth Robotics Club.

Early Videos

July 3, 2014

Here are some flight videos from Summer 2014.

First Quadcopter

March 12, 2011

Recently, I found an old YouTube account of mine and along with it, this video. I made it aged 13 using my first quadcopter, a HobbyKing KK2.0 “mini quad”. I believe a member of the model club I attended had given me their old 72MHz radio and receiver which I used to fly this drone in the video. Please excuse the cheesy music. There is also a video of a few first person video components I made, and please excuse my voice/sentence structure/accent. ... Read more