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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

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Napoleon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Tutorial: Connecting other GPS modules to ArduPilot
"very old post however  can anybody define the  nmea sentences that the arduplane needs to have from the gps receiver? i am going to use a ''4th party'' receiver (none of the above) and i have to configure the nmea…"
2 hours ago
Martin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"I was at one the LHS's near me today. Guy tried to sell me a 250 size quad, flashing lights and all. Even went to the point of going outside for a demo to show me how easy it was to fly. Up and over the traffic he went. 30 feet up and 50 feet…"
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eko rahardjo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"Nowdays microcontrollers and sensors are growing rapidly. Not only in our hobby, but in everything. smartphone, self park car, self driving car, segway, etc. They are going cheap. I never image flying autonomously my RC Airplane 10 years ago! The…"
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Antonie Kruger commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"Guys, I think having built balsa models and flying at a club creates a mindset. Having followed the club rules and understanding the level of respect required to belong to a club. Now, here is the crux - these club rules are common to all RC clubs.…"
3 hours ago
F1P commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"Yep! adventures, arts, novelty, freshness, creativities and big fun. and much more casual peoples in dat circle...there is modern droning geist =)"
6 hours ago
Nick Groen commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Conservation Drones in the New York Times
"Good thing that more positive news articles showing up."
6 hours ago
Rainer K. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"I've been doing for more than 40 years of RC - flight. earlier we have built nearly 1/2 years on a model. Today, you buy as a model for very little money. a servo Futaba cost 30 years ago 120, - DM. Today very cheap 2, - EUR. People have…"
11 hours ago
ECODRONES commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Conservation Drones in the New York Times
" Congratulations for all conservation drones TEAM."
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Chris Anderson replied to Apostolos's discussion mission planner for android ? in the group ArduRover User Group
"It's optimized for copters, but can support basic Rover and Plane functionality. AndroPilot is also a good GCS on Android and is less copter-centric. "
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Chris Anderson replied to Apostolos's discussion mission planner for android ? in the group ArduRover User Group
"DroidPlanner 2 is the equivalent APM mission planning app for Android. "
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"To the public and Time and the rest of the media a Phantom Quadcopter is a "drone". And we are stuck with it. And I totally agree the proliferation of larger and more dangerous consumer (illiterati?) quadcopters (eg: Phantom) is a really…"
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Adam Conway commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"I think that there is a big issue with this characterization - these guys are flying multi-rotors not really autonomous drones per se...  I fly a lot in the bay area so I see quite a few drone pilots around - they tend to be extremely cautious…"
15 hours ago
Darrell Burkey commented on Chris Anderson's blog post CreativeLive Aerial Video course on-air now (free for a limited time)
"I'm watching it now. Great that they made this offer. Thanks for letting us know."
16 hours ago
ausdroid commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"Yep. This was my point. They are NOT military grade electronics. Expect them to fail. Fly somewhere where you're not going to hurt anyone or anything when they do fail. i.e., Understand the technology and use common sense. i.e., the…"
17 hours ago
Alex Kuehn commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"I could be wrong, but I don't think the RC community wants to take owner ship of who should and should not fly drones. I know my fellow models who have zero interest in any of this stuff could care less about this unmanned autonomous stuff and…"
17 hours ago
ausdroid commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"Ha Ha...The old Chestnut. Tell me I'm wrong, but the following categories would capture the overwhelming majority of UAS mishaps; 1) Not programming the UAS correctly (failsafes, home position, mag calibration, channel assignment/reverse, trim,…"
18 hours ago
Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Nice Hexo+ press
"The extra $300,000 was all in the sweater."
18 hours ago
Muhammad Al-Rawi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"I've recently had a number of kids from my high school (graduated in '12, but I visit the electronics lab often) ask me about getting into mulitrotors. None of them have flight experience. Some want to jump to the top and get fancy carbon…"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)
"Yep, I've been saying this for years already."
20 hours ago

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Conservation Drones in the New York Times

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:21pm 2 Comments

Congrats to star DIY Drones member Lian Pin Koh for this…

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CreativeLive Aerial Video course on-air now (free for a limited time)

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 11:38am 1 Comment

This CreativeLive online video course, featuring top experts, is live and open to all today from 9:00am to 4:00pm PST.  It will cost money after that, so if you want a free taste now check it out …

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Time: "Here's why so many drone pilots are getting in trouble" (they're not RC folks)

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 11:00am 19 Comments

Time Magazine makes a good point about why the new generation of drone pilots are getting in trouble in a way the previous RC hobbyists didn't:

Learning to build and fly R/C aircraft was once a time-consuming, arduous process, factors that kept the hobby from spreading. Now, new technology like user-friendly quadcopter designs, equipped with smaller, high-powered…

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Nice Hexo+ press

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:00am 1 Comment

Nice press for the Hexo+ team from Canadian TV after their $1.3 million Kickstarter campaign. They used Iris to prototype their platform.

MONTREAL -- Like a…

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Legendary Java creator James Gosling at "Friday Funday" 3DR open house

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 9:30pm 5 Comments

Every Friday afternoon we have an open house/fly-in at 3D Robotics Berkeley, and this Friday we were honored to be joined by famed Java creator James Gosling, who is now with Liquid Robotics.…

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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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