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Feedback on new manuals

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Submit your ArduCopter configuration files here

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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

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Jimmy Oliver commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize
"There are 2 off the shelf charging stations that would probably eat up the $5000 finalist prize. I'm assuming that you can't use Agribotix or Event 38, DroneDepoy, etc? I am not in possession of a spectral camera (I make my own Near IR…"
3 hours ago
Curt Olson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize
"Even though I work a the U of MN and live in the land 'o lakes, this is the first I've seen this challenge.  By my read, the data management aspects they are looking for could be challenging.  That is a 'boring' aspect…"
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JB commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize
"Interesting that it is not an idea harvesting competition, although they are calling dibs on the first right to purchase the IP from the competitor. (which isn't really a negative - unlike the Local Motors one)  If I'm reading it…"
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Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize
"I think they just need to stipulate that all solutions used must comply with any open source licensing requirements and use of open source must be clearly stated."
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Maxime C commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk
"So we will use a simulator to train our AIs, but who will train the simulator?"
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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize
"Originally I though this was just yet another scheme to get research and project development on the 'cheap'. But this single line changed this into something doable for both parts."
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Jonathan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk
"Intel Edison,  Windows 10 IOT please."
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Jimmy Oliver commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize
"I think that multiple charging stations are missing right? Wireless charging stations?"
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Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize

This seems very doable -- indeed, I think an off-the-shelf product from PrecisionHawk or Agribotix can already do all of this. Am I missing something?Challenge OverviewLand O’Lakes, Inc. is seeking proposed solutions that enable scalable,…See More
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Martin Rüedi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk
"Hi Chris One question: Would it also work, to use the 3D map feature from Bing for a very similar purpose? Especially the 3D cities? Could that be beneficial too? Maybe as alternative to unreal. Hint: the next version of my flightzoomer (as a UWP…"
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Mateusz Sadowski commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk
"Hi Chris!Thanks for all the hard work! I love how Microsoft is involved in making OSS recently. Can't wait to see how the AirSim will grow. Are there any plans to support helicopters and fixed wings?Best regards, Mateusz"
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Chris Lovett commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk
"That sounds awesome, can I smell a pull request in the works ? :-)  We've been super impressed by the Unreal engine.  We looked around and couldn't believe someone hadn't already done this.  So, well, we did it. …"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk
"Hi Chris - - -, This is a really great project, not just for the simulator but for getting into the operational capability of the Unreal engine. Very well presented. I'm working on a Laser Rangefinder based 3D perception system and have been…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk
"Hi Chris - - -, This is a really great project, not just for the simulator but for getting into the operational capability of the Unreal engine. Very well presented. Best Regards, Gary"
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robin singh commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk
"If I had time, I would get started with Q learning on this simulator LIKE RIGHT NOW. This simulator is a big (very) deal. Great job Chris L. and team !"
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Chris Lovett commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk
"Thanks Chris, I'm actually working on this in Microsoft Research.  Super fun project.  Finally a really nice simulator that works nicely with the PX4 stack.  It can also work with DJI SDK.   It can also work with PX4…"
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Rana commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk
"Amazing, it looks like real !"
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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk
"The requirements are to be expected when you considering it's a visual emulator for training computer vision,where you need realistic graphics to get algorithms that will work in the real world."
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Clay Folk commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"From what I read, serial communication to a modem is possible without CTS and RTS, but not recommended since it is less reliable.  I was going to try it myself, but I wasn't willing to even try if it's known from the beginning…"
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Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize

Posted on February 17, 2017 at 1:03pm 6 Comments

This seems very doable -- indeed, I think an off-the-shelf product from PrecisionHawk or Agribotix can already do all of this. Am I missing something?

Challenge Overview

Land O’Lakes, Inc.…

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Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk

Posted on February 15, 2017 at 1:30pm 11 Comments

Very cool! From the project repo:

AirSim is a simulator for drones (and soon other vehicles) built on Unreal Engine. It is open-source, cross platform and supports hardware-in-loop with popular flight controllers such as Pixhawk for physically and visually…

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DIY Drones at 83,000 members

Posted on February 10, 2017 at 11:11pm 0 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 83,000 members!

Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially to the administrators and…

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Instructions for a sub-$100 autonomous rover using computer vision

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 9:30pm 6 Comments

This project uses RaspberryPi and the Pi camera in a cloud robotics architecture (most processing is done on a laptop over WiFi) and is based on the ForumulaPi code and OpenCV. It costs less than $100 and can perform the full Udacity Self Driving Car challenge (thanks to offboarding most processing to the…

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Great simulator of our DIY Robocars track

Posted on January 29, 2017 at 4:20pm 0 Comments

We have a monthly autonomous car hack/race day at a funky old warehouse in Oakland, but in-between races the teams need to training their neural networks. How? With this simulator!

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Comment Wall (118 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,
3D Robotics
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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