Please download the firmware and follow the instructions below.
- Updating the controller’s firmware and software is performed using a USB flash drive.
- Download the update .zip folder.
- When the download process is complete unzip the folder and copy the kovan_update.img.gz file directly to the root level of a USB flash drive.
- Eject the flash drive from your computer.
- Make sure the controller is powered off. Plug the USB flash drive into one of the USB ports on the back of the controller. Power the device back on while holding down the white button on the side opposite from the power switch.
- Continue holding down the side button until the update starts automatically. Once the update starts, you can let go of the white button. Wait for the update to complete and reboot the device by shutting the power off and back on again.
Download 1.9.8 Beta Here For Advanced Users
1.9.8 Beta Notes
Here you can try out the latest features that will soon be heading your way! WARNING: Firmware 1.9.8 is NOT OFFICIALLY SUPPORTED by the KISS Institute yet. By downloading and installing this firmware you understand that there may be errors and bugs that you will most likely not be able to get resolved quickly. Once the new features are stable we will release a stable version for all users to upgrade their firmware. Please report any bugs to bugs.kipr.org.
In order to use Link Firmware 1.9.8 you MUST upgrade the KISS Platform to 4.2.3 Beta as well. You can do so here.
Parrot AR Drone Update
The 1.9.6 firmware has the been updated to support the Parrot AR Drone.
* AR.Drone Library
* New camera functions:
* Fixed internal memory management issue
Once you have upgraded, you can download and run the sample code "camera.c" to test out your Parrot AR Drone and KIPR Link.
Instructions to test your Parrot AR Drone and KIPR Link:
- Load the camera.c file on the KIPR Link and power on the Parrot AR Drone.
- On the Link, navigate to "Settings" then "Network".
- Press the "Turn On" button in the bottom left of the screen to enable WiFi.
- A note about enabling WiFi - there is currently no encryption set up on the WiFi, so make sure to turn off the WiFi from this screen before going to a Botball event. You will see a red X in the bottom right of the screen on the status bar when the WiFi is disabled.
- At this point the Parrot AR Drone should be through with its self check and all the rotor lights should be green (not red).
- If you have flown the Parrot AR Drone with a phone or tablet, you need to press the "Unpair" button on the bottom of the Parrot AR Drone before step 5.
- Press the "Connect To..." button in the top left of the screen.
- Look for the WiFi network the Parrot AR Drone is broadcasting - it is usually called "ardrone_parrot" followed by 8 numbers.
- If you are in a location with too many WiFi networks available (16+), the Parrot AR Drone WiFi may be displayed off the bottom of the list. Try going to someplace with a little less WiFi.
- The WiFi status icon in the bottom right of the screen should start as an orange dot, add some WiFi bars, and finally turn green. Green means you are successfully connected to the Parrot AR Drone.
- Set the channel 0 color model by going back to the Main Menu and selecting "Motors and Servos" then "Camera".
- From the selection menu at the bottom, select the "Drone Front Camera".
- Add a color channel as normal for channel 0.
- Run camera.c.
- Expected behavior is for the Parrot AR Drone to take off and track an object of color model 0. The "a" button on the Link should land the drone.
- Read through the Drone Library (PDF) to get a feel for what the Parrot AR Drone can do.