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Bluetooth

Now you can leave your telemetry radio and OTG cable at home, and make a direct Bluetooth connection to your phone, tablet, or laptop with this nifty Bluetooth add-on kit ($24.99).

The module allows you to connect a Pixhawk or APM autopilot to a Bluetooth-compatible Android device using DroidPlanner or Andropilot ground station apps. The module has a range of 30m, which is fine for vehicle setup, mission planning and even close FollowMe mode — all without bulky long-range radios. Just plug it into your telemetry port and pair with your device. The kit is pre-set for 3DR gear and sends MAVlink at 57k to any mobile device or laptop running DroidPlanner, AndroPilot, Mission Planner, or APM Planner.

We’re going to be standardizing built-in Bluetooth for all 3DR vehicles and autopilots in the future, but you don’t have to wait for that — you can use Bluetooth right now. It’s the easiest way to make a telemetry link — no extra gear required!

Here’s a DIY tutorial on how to roll your own Bluetooth link — but for those who don’t want the hassle of making cables and configuring radios, we’ve now done it all for you: just click here!