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Feedback on new manuals

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ArduCopter 2.3 released

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About Me:
I'm CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. I'm the former Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, author of The Long Tail (Hyperion, 2006), FREE (Hyperion, 2009) and Makers (Crown, 2012) and founder of GeekDad.com

You can find more about me at my About.me page here: http://about.me/andersonchris
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Fixed wing and quads. Mostly for fun and development. With kids as often as they allow!
Hometown:
Berkeley, California

Latest Activity

Chopper commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-based VTOL aircraft code now available
"Is the transition done only with a switch command?  can it be done by the pitch stick?  "
3 hours ago
John Hutchison commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Avi, I would try swapping the Tx, Rx, or use this post. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2112759&page=29#post28340346 I had to solder Tx and Rx to those resistors to get mine to work. Apparently there are some boards that are…"
3 hours ago
Tobias Simon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Spaxels" light painting with swarming drones
"Wow, this scale of multi-UAV orchestration is very impressive!"
3 hours ago
Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Spaxels" light painting with swarming drones
"It appears to be the same mob that did this. They are very clever, so clever in fact that they appear to be using technology in 2013 that was developed by Disney in 2014. Info here."
4 hours ago
Richard commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US
"Thanks for the clear synopsis of the differences in the two approaches. P.S. I don't see how anyone could think that this comparison excludes others. Not every discussion has to involve everyone else."
5 hours ago
mP1 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US
"Chris way to alienate Europe, Asia, Africa and the pacific."
6 hours ago

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US

From Robohub:When Canadians attempt to characterize aspects of Canadian culture, it’s not uncommon to draw comparisons with the US. I recently noticed that as I respond to questions…See More
12 hours ago
Ahmad Byagowi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post ArduIMU V4 on Kickstarter
"BTW, you can see a handful of demos using the ArduIMU V4 in the following video http://youtu.be/kUYZcGAGLOk"
12 hours ago
Ahmad Byagowi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post ArduIMU V4 on Kickstarter
"@mP1: Yes, the pressure, humidity, light, acc, gyro, mag and battery monitor are on the I2C bus. The I2C bus is also available for expansion or reading the sensors using another uC as well. "
13 hours ago
Iain Butler commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Great post on agricultural drone mapping
"Hello Neolu, Good observation on the the flight path, it was flying in survey mode however, the Santa Cruz mountains have significant winds especially through the morning. That day there was extremely windy with a constant wind, but then with gusts…"
16 hours ago

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Randy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Spaxels" light painting with swarming drones
"Very impressive."
17 hours ago
Troy Mestler commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Spaxels" light painting with swarming drones
"This is the future."
19 hours ago
Jeff Colhoun commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
21 hours ago
Julien Dubois commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Great post on agricultural drone mapping
""..to keep on helping the Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries stay the best in the World" LOL :) Otherwise, nice post!"
22 hours ago
Julien Dubois commented on Chris Anderson's blog post "Spaxels" light painting with swarming drones
"That rox!"
22 hours ago
Manuel Ribeiro commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Still running 3.1.2 may be that's the cause ? didnt saw anything related to follow me at the changelog so never thought that could be the problem"
22 hours ago

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Bill Piedra commented on Chris Anderson's blog post ArduIMU V4 on Kickstarter
"I'm a backer now too..."
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Chris Anderson commented on UnmannedTechShop.co.uk's blog post Scout X4 - Follow Me Quadcopter from Walkera
"Arthur, Walkera does release their ArduCopter derivative code. It's here "
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neolu commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Great post on agricultural drone mapping
"Why the track and camera position is very messy? The plane did not adjust well? Not use survey flight?"
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Jeff Colhoun commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Mine just holds the altitude ive engaged follow me at.   Are you running a version of 3.2?"
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Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 10:42pm 2 Comments

From Robohub:

When Canadians attempt to characterize aspects of Canadian culture, it’s not uncommon to draw comparisons with the US. I recently…

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"Spaxels" light painting with swarming drones

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 4:20pm 6 Comments

This came out late last year, but I missed it at the time. "Spaxels" are space+pixels, with coordinated multicopters. You can read more about them from Ars Electronica here.

ArduIMU V4 on Kickstarter

Posted on September 27, 2014 at 9:30pm 6 Comments

Seven years after we started the ArduIMU project, it's back with a much improved version on Kickstarter, with wireless, the latest sensors and processors, datalogging and…

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Great post on agricultural drone mapping

Posted on September 27, 2014 at 8:30pm 3 Comments

The UAVGuy has a terrific post on his experience with mapping vineyards with a 3DR Y6. The whole post is worth reading, including setting up cameras and gimbals for mapping, but here's an excerpt on the data…

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A wearable quadcopter

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 10:18pm 9 Comments

Via Intel's "Make it Wearable" contest, meet Nixie, a quadcopter that you wear like a bracelet. At the press of a button, it unfolds, captures your dronie and returns, to be strapped to your wrist again

Comment Wall (109 comments)

At 5:58pm on July 11, 2007, Jeffrey Johnson said…
Great talking to you today. We are on it with using your designs here, and look forward to dovetailing our efforts. Power to the PictEarth People!
At 10:13pm on January 2, 2008, Dhrumil said…
Thanks for setting this up.
At 12:12am on February 8, 2008, Mark L said…
Hey Chris,

I just read your post on UAVs and I'm wondering if there's anywhere that one could purchase a pre-made UAV...couldn't find one on ebay.
I run a network of websites, www.ballerhouse.com, and am considering featuring a UAV article. Can you point me in the direction of where someone could purchase one? If so, what other info should my readers know?
Thanks!
Mark L
markl@ballerhouse.com
At 12:17am on February 8, 2008,
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Chris Anderson
said…
The cheapest commercial one is around $7,000 (cropcam.com). The cheapest *good* one is around $10,000 (http://www.procerusuav.com/). That's why we started this site, to bring the price down below $1,000.

We're *DIY* Drones--buying one premade isn't the point ;-)
At 6:41pm on February 28, 2008,
T3
William Premerlani
said…
Chris,
If you want to do a Q&A with me, that would be fine.

The reason for the board is that my son and I thought it would be fun to build our own board, develop theory, and write firmware. We were inspired by Maynard Hill, who came to town and gave a talk.
We got our feet wet with a rapid-prototyping board mounted on an RC truck, and then build our own board for a sailplane. We bought our parts from SparkFun. Nathan Seidle, the ownder of Sparkfun, asked me what we were doing, I told him, he offered to build a surface mount board for me.
My son and I spent a few delightful summers getting the firmware working. At the time, our goal was to play, to just do some interesting things with it, without any goal in mind. When we were done, we had something that worked to our satisfaction, Nathan asked if he could sell it, we gave him permission.
We recognized that what we had was not a full-fletched autopilot, but that it might be interesting to anyone wanting to tinker with the controller. They could build on our firmware, if they wanted, or start from stratch, if they were ambitious.
By the way, the main reason we used assembly language was that my son had never written any, and he wanted to learn. He had used lots of other languages, but not assembly.
As far as what people are doing with my board, you probably have more information than I have!! The only person I've talked to so far is a member of diydrones. All I know is that the board is selling well at SparkFun, with no complaints.
By the way, the reason the board has been backordered for so long is that the vendor of the GPS replaced their ET301 with an ET312 at the same time that SparkFun was automating their board production, resulting in some defective boards. Even after we worked out the hardware problems, there was a subtle change in the ET312 that caused some problems. Every board that SparkFun builds is tested with the full firmware running, and the boards were not passing. We finally figured out what was wrong, production is resumed, I guess they are catching up on backorders.
All of the work my son and I was deliberately done in a vacuum...we didn't do any research on what other people were doing. We made some mistakes (that was the point) and had some fun.
My background is an electrical engineer with strengths in control theory, mathematics, and theory of flight.
I work at GE's research labs, I've been there for 33 years.
You might want to do a Google on "William Premerlani" to see what I have been up to. Much of it has to do with software development...you gave me a good chuckle when you said in your review that you wondered why we hadn't used C...the answer is, it would have been too easy!!!
Bill
At 10:52pm on March 22, 2008, Elisa said…
any time if u like to have a wet dip & country village food, come over try our our boats,(planty of spcae for plane flys
elisa
At 6:02pm on March 26, 2008, T-Rex said…
I heard you on Talk of the Nation today...great job! I did not get to hear the whole show, but definately heard the part about your "robotics" site and 3-axis accelerometers. You, my friend, rock!

By the way, thanks for the advice about starting out in R/C with a foamie...else I would not have made it past my first flight attempts.
At 6:27pm on March 26, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
Thanks! I wanted to say "3-axis MEMS accelerometer" but I held back for the sake of the NPR audience ;-)
At 10:44pm on April 4, 2008, Simon Pan said…
Hey Chris,

I won honorable mention, best in category, best in engineering, 550$, and an internship offer, at the state science & engineering fair. (The winners were a guy who did computer simulations of bird flu epidemics to determine the best method to distribute a limited supply of antivirals, a girl who developed an advanced, complex robotic vision algorithm which could detect blobs in foggy areas and high altitude ranges, and a guy who figured out a method to stem the growth of certain forms of cancer, so it was a humbling experience).

I just wanted to thank you for making this website and for your great documention and projects, because without them I'd probably still be trying to figure out how to connect the GPS receiver to the Stamp.

Thanks!

- Simon
At 8:26am on May 10, 2008, Huckleberry said…
Thanks Chris,

Been following along for some time (geekdad) and just bought a Blubberbot for something to do over the summer holidays... thinking about the project possibilities for my kids in electronics 11/12 ... hmmm blimp racing? Anyway, great to be here.

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