3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
  • United States
Online Now
Share

Chris Anderson's Friends

  • No_CQRT
  • Shawn Burns
  • Michael
  • UNMANNED ENGINEERIA
  • shanthosh ravikumar
  • Enes ÇALDIR
  • Kenneth Tan
  • Marco Tantardini
  • Greg Dronsky
  • Gabriel DeVault
  • Phil Gooch
  • Elvin Sosing
  • Bogdan Markovic
  • Jegan M
  • Q.V. Huynh

Chris Anderson's Groups

Chris Anderson's Discussions

Feedback on new manuals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gustav Kuhn Apr 14, 2013. 130 Replies

Submit your ArduCopter configuration files here

Started this discussion. Last reply by Finnius Mar 29, 2014. 41 Replies

ArduCopter 2.3 released

Started this discussion. Last reply by JeffBetts_KK4MTC May 21, 2012. 1073 Replies

 

Chris Anderson's Page

Profile Information

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

Patrick Poirier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Open source firmware for toy drones
"Just uploaded code, great introduction to STM 32 development environment this is pure  F-U-N !!! "
yesterday
Scott W commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)
"Damn DG, I couldn't sleep last night after watching that.  I've had similar things happen on my own property....  About 10 years ago there were a few cops in my back yard.. I went out and asked why they were there, one of them…"
Thursday
Jesper Andersen commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Text message telemetry with Dronekit
"Sounds a lot like what I did a while back in this DIYDrones blog. I used the XMPP protocol to communicate "Human" messages and telemetry from the drone to a computer in the field or a server at home - and natural language messages (like:…"
Thursday
JB commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Text message telemetry with Dronekit
"Hey Chambana The idea originally came when I was looking into the  iridium messaging system for the OBC. I see this being a method to also improve normal mavlink telemetry over RF modem like RFD900 etc as well, possibly improving performance…"
Thursday
Chambana commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Text message telemetry with Dronekit
"@JB   I think there is probably a worthwhile spin-off project in developing a scaled down MAVlink telemetry project -- designed specifically for use over very-low-bandwidth/very-high-latency links.  That way it wouldn't be SMS…"
Thursday
DG commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)
Thursday
DG commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)
"@MarioSpeedwagon Really? "
Thursday
DG commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)
"The FAA app B4UFLY, at least for Android, is not the most accurate and up to date. In fact it is horrible. FAA even acknowledges there are likely way too many airports.  There are several uncontrolled and/or inactive airports near my property…"
Thursday
Elios commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Affordable new RTK GPS, designed for Pixhawk/APM
"HI, We are interested with your product to be used with our Pixhawk.  How can we have one unit? "
Thursday
JB commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Text message telemetry with Dronekit
"Good work Chambana. Your reasoning is sound but is proably limited to places where SMS is cost effective or mobile NAT is blocking access. I suppose this is also a good way for condensing messages with sat type messaging services that would…"
Tuesday
Chambana commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Text message telemetry with Dronekit
"Hey guys, just saw that my project was posted on DIYdrones!  The code is definitely a work-in-progress, but I think I can clarify some of the issues raised in the comments.  Also, before I go any further, I should say that I don’t…"
Tuesday
Bill Salopek commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk/APM compatible Wifi radio
"I have some of the same questions: 1)  In what ways is this wifi gizmo better (and worse) than 915mhz telemetry? 2)  I thought it was quite dangerous to use a 2.4ghz wifi radio while flying with a 2.4ghz RC radio...some Phantoms have been…"
Feb 1
BacklashRC commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)
"There is no need to speculate. This is not just fear mongering.  The FAA, at the direction of the local police, set up a no fly zone over Ferguson to keep out the media. From the article linked below: " AP reported that a manager at the…"
Feb 1
MarioSpeedwagon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)
""Let's say the police don't want you to see their tyranny in an area... " Let's base the implementation (or lack thereof) of industry standards on your conspiracy theories.  I fear the stupidity of the masses much more…"
Feb 1
Tony Heaton commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)
""The civil rights comment is ridiculous."  That type of thinking is why the US finds itself in the position it is in.  People don't seem to care about rights until theirs are trampled.  We should all defend the rights…"
Feb 1

3D Robotics
Chris Anderson replied to Aussie in AZ's discussion 3DR telemetry no longer supported by 3DR....options?
"Let me summarize:  You said: "Chris said they were going to try something new in enterprise that may come to fruition in 5 years."  In fact what I actually said was (in answer to the question "Do you see yourself…"
Feb 1

Developer
Tom Pittenger commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Text message telemetry with Dronekit
"good step toward low-bandwidth mission planning via sat-link"
Feb 1
BacklashRC commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)
"For several years DJI has geofenced Tiananmen Square.  This effectively prevents photo journalists from covering protests that would embarrass the government.  Controlling where journalists can and cannot take photographs is a…"
Feb 1
MarioSpeedwagon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)
"Geofencing is to protect others (and the industry as a whole) from the reckless or ignorant actions of the operators. The individuals responsible for these careless actions are typically not pilots, and are not aware of the FAA's…"
Feb 1
BacklashRC commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)
"Geofencing opens manufacturers up to liability.  It takes responsibility away from the pilot in charge, which violates the FAA's long standing position on the pilot in charge being solely responsible for the flight.  It is also a…"
Feb 1

Chris Anderson's Photos

Loading…
  • Add Photos
  • View All

Chris Anderson's Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Chris Anderson's Blog

Text message telemetry with Dronekit

Posted on January 31, 2016 at 7:47pm 15 Comments

Add a RaspberryPi and a pair of $100 3G modems to Pixhawk and you can have telemetry via text message as far as the cell networks go!  The code, based on Dronekit, is …

Continue

The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)

Posted on January 31, 2016 at 3:43pm 15 Comments

Smarter geofencing features are coming to drones like the 3D Robotics Solo and DJI Phantom series. In both cases, the GPS-driven safety features are driven by a company called AirMap. 

From Wired:

PARKER GYOKERES KNOWS what he’s…

Continue

Trebuchet drone launcher

Posted on January 23, 2016 at 6:48pm 15 Comments

Not sure why this is better than throwing, but perhaps it handles bigger planes better? At any rate, it's a clever design.

Range testing the ESP8266 Wifi module

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 3:32pm 13 Comments

Those $3 Wifi modules can be extended to surprisingly good range with the right antenna. From Hackaday:

With progress slowly being made on turning the ESP8266 UART to WiFi module into something great, there…

Continue

ESRI releases ArcGIS, a free alternative to Google Earth for GIS imagery

Posted on January 21, 2016 at 12:01pm 1 Comment

From the Google Earth blog:

Esri has just released version one of ArcGIS Earth, a Google Earth like 3D globe for the desktop. It is not really a Google Earth competitor, as it is targeted at the professional GIS user. Google Earth has historically been used by both professional GIS users and casual users, with Google Earth Pro aimed more at the…

Continue

Comment Wall (112 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.

You need to be a member of DIY Drones to add comments!

Join DIY Drones

 
 
 

© 2016   Created by Chris Anderson.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service