My name is Robert and I am an undergraduate student at UIUC. I am currently working on a project and was wondering whether or not Matlab would be helpful in my endeavor. Before I start fiddling around and start putting in a lot of effort into this Matlab/Simulink project I was wondering if it was worthwhile. The project idea is as follows:
I am designing a quadrotor (at the moment only a one axis balancing arm that pivots on an axle with a motor/propeller on each end of the arm). I have an encoder attached to the axle that records the actual position of the arm. I was hoping to implement a PID controller that would adjust the propeller speeds accordingly so it goes to the exact position I specify in the shortest amount of time. My question are, can I provide Matlab with real time streaming data coming from the quadrotor and the encoder and design a pretty good PID control using the control system PID toolkit and autotuner PID toolkit? Is this feasible? I can stream data coming from the quadrotor and encoder into an excel file.. What would be the best way to go about this, I am very new to MatLab and only know the basics, although I am a very avid programmer.