Charles Blouin
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Charles Blouin commented on Zubax Robotics's blog post Evaluating the efficiency of a sensorless propeller drive using UAVCAN GUI Tool
"Interesting experiment! With complete characterization of the motor and propeller (using a dyno on the ground), you could obtain mechanical efficiency in flight with this."
Nov 7
Charles Blouin commented on Greg Crutsinger's blog post Fly4Fall: A global initiative calling on volunteer drone pilots for science
"Thanks for the info!"
Oct 27
Charles Blouin commented on Greg Crutsinger's blog post Fly4Fall: A global initiative calling on volunteer drone pilots for science
"I like the idea of crowd sourcing data acquisition! What advantage does this method have over satellite images?"
Oct 27
Bart Theys commented on Charles Blouin's blog post Thrust Stand for Large Motors
"Very nice!"
Oct 27
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Oct 26
Charles Blouin commented on Artyom Maxim's blog post Drawing Colored Trajectories in the Sky
"That looks really cool, good work!"
Oct 21
Charles Blouin commented on Nicolai Valenti's blog post Generator on the drone, kickstarter project, test flight and new sketch of the gas generator
"Cool, great project."
Oct 14
Charles Blouin commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post HackflightSim Rebooted
"Cool. We need better tools to integrate UAVs with machine vision. For  training with neural net for example, it would be super useful to have the video from cameras, and an output for each frame identifying the position, height, and position of…"
Oct 13
Charles Blouin commented on Achal Negi's blog post FlytBase to Unveil its AI Platform for Drones, Today!
"Cool concept. Why limit to drones though? Finding cracks on a bridge is the same whether the image is obtained from a drone, a remote controlled robot, a crane or a handheld camera."
Oct 4
Charles Blouin commented on Nicolai Valenti's blog post Going forward, Hybrid System drone (Sandwich Drone Project)
"A colleague of mine doing his phd was working on an inline power system for his thesis. It was to be used on a small airship: the inline generator could be used to recharge the batteries. It looks a bit like your setup! See page 11:…"
Oct 2
Charles Blouin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Our DIY Robocars sister community in the news
"I will discussed it at my local maker space. Mr. Anderson, I am impressed by how much you are able to get done in a day! As the co-founder of a much smaller company than 3D Robotics, you are a great inspiration!"
Sep 27
Charles Blouin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Our DIY Robocars sister community in the news
"Cool! I wish we had that around here. I have tons of questions What platform were people using? Anything more common? How did they trained their neural nets?"
Sep 26
Charles Blouin commented on Tj Bordelon's blog post CyPhy Works in Danvers, MA is hiring!
"I am not living in the area, but I love the concept that your company uses! Good luck finding someone."
Sep 22
Charles Blouin commented on Charles Blouin's blog post The Otus Tracker by RCbenchmark: a more affordable motion-capture system for drone development.
"@Daniel: Our goal is to allow the development of affordable quads with ultra precise indoors control, eventually affordable for the community. Unfortunately, right now, just the BOM (without assembly, R&D and everything else) is many, many times…"
Sep 11
Georacer commented on Charles Blouin's blog post The Otus Tracker by RCbenchmark: a more affordable motion-capture system for drone development.
"If it works as seamlessly and as intended, then $1000 sounds like a deal to me, given the current state of the art."
Sep 11
Daniel Nugent commented on Charles Blouin's blog post The Otus Tracker by RCbenchmark: a more affordable motion-capture system for drone development.
"Cool idea, but the price is too high for this community. You're selling like $50 dollars of components for $1000."
Sep 10

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About Me:
Founder and designer of the RCbenchmark. M.S.c. Mech. Eng. in controls, drone enthousiaste,
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Motor and propeller testing, optimization.
Hometown:
Gatineau

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Thrust Stand for Large Motors

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 11:00am 1 Comment

My colleague and I received a lot of help from the DIYDrones community two years ago when we launched the Series 1580 with our company RCbenchmark. We had just finished our masters in robotics. After a lot of work, we are now releasing the Series 1780, a dyno to test motors and propellers producing up to 25 kgf of thrust.

Although this…

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The Otus Tracker by RCbenchmark: a more affordable motion-capture system for drone development.

Posted on September 10, 2017 at 1:45pm 3 Comments

Almost a year ago, I posted here about how VR technology could help control and perform research on UAVs in an indoor environment and at a more affordable cost. Currently, the most advanced indoor UAV research lab in the …

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