"HeliStorm: in the birth era of the automobile, people said very similar things to what I'm saying now. The difference though is that there wasn't an elaborate bureaucracy and social safety system in place. Never mind what UAVs WILL be,…"
"The comparison with cars is pretty silly and we should really drop that one. A few reasons-- there are untold millions of cars in existence; cars have enormous utility both to the economy as a whole, and for most individuals. Next to their homes,…"
"Just for the fun of injecting a little philosophical musings...
John Stuart Mills:
Not only is the "live a little" argument lame, I think it's actually *im*moral and against the principles of civil society. You haven't the right…"
"A lot of good ideas here. But a few points I haven't seen made...
Licenture of RTF devices will probably shrink the potential sales market size on the order of 90%. Every manufacturer is unlikely to acquiesce to this until forced to. No one…"
"Stefan, the problem is this is the business model of LOTS of manufacturers. Including 3DR. There's money in RTF systems, but I do think they're very likely to destroy the unlicensed side of UAV (and even R/C) flight.
"> Jani, thanks for setting the record straight. My previous *understanding* stands corrected, and I’ll take your words for it, unless whoever made that point in the first place stands for it. Like R_Lefebrvre, I saw that claim…"
"Chris, since you're actively monitoring here, can you comment on your statements in the past about VC investment and community priority?
Travis: Yes, 3D Robotics (the commercial arm of DIY Drones) has not taken any external…"
"> What I find quite interesting about all this lament I have read here now is that actually none of the core developers or contributors are complaining.
The handful of core development architects are 3DR employees now. Many past contributors…"
"Mike, they're actually planning on discontinuing continued development on the APM boards entirely and shifting everything to PX4. So no need to worry, it'll all work with their current toolsets soon -- just have to buy their new…"
"Eagle (and frankly everyone else) -- my point isn't to throw bombs. I agree this is in their court to respond and I'll shut my yapper. But between the praise and "tide rises all boats" stuff should be genuine concern. $30M of VC…"
"> Chris, please, can you elaborate on "... and a suite of software that will be announced soon as part of the Iris Consumer Edition".... that suite of software will be open?
Was MakerBot's post-VC (same VCs btw)?"
"Just for posterity:
3D ROBOTICSChris Anderson
Travis: Yes, 3D Robotics (the commercial arm of DIY Drones) has not taken any external funding. By maintaining full control we're able ensure that our top priority is serving the community, not…"
I love what I call "hard-core" mathematics. Its what I am all about. Take a look at this paper, for example. I suspect that you have looked at some of my discussions, but if not, here is a link to that.