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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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Alexis Paques commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
"@Paul Junka This is all open source on Github and you have direct access to MavLink by making your modules."
1 hour ago
Fnoop commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Preview of upcoming Dronecode/PX4 multi-camera VIO feature
"@Chris that's a vague answer.  I'm interested in px4 and what it has to offer, particularly around vision capabilities.  Hopefully someone will post more useful information closer to the release."
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
"The expanded version is Dronecore. Next Yuneec vehicles will support it all. "
14 hours ago
Paul Junka commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520
"Looking at Yuneec's SDK website, it rather looks like a DJI approach: SDK for Android and iOS but nothing about direct MAVLink access or how to get the MAVLink and video streams out of the device to some companion computer. Disappointed :-("
17 hours ago
Auturgy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Preview of upcoming Dronecode/PX4 multi-camera VIO feature
"It may be useful to clarify what is coming. The video posted uses 3 camera pairs, not 3 cameras. I look forward to seeing vio in a production flightstack, but am quite frustrated at intentionally misleading information, particularly from Chris. I…"
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marcelo siqueira lopes commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"i need to install a air speed analog what I have  ..."
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marcelo siqueira lopes commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini
"Hein du Plessis, do you discovered where are the adc pins out?"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First pass at a Drone family tree diagram
"It's definitely an simplification, and probably an oversimplification. It's not designed to be a comprehensive view of history, but rather my own path through it. When I started this site and Jordi and I started the ArduPilot project, we…"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First pass at a Drone family tree diagram
"Yeah, I'm struggling to understand the message here as well.  This seems like a gross oversimplification of the history.  It seems to ignore the fact, that many of the most successful and influential Ardupilot developers, got their…"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First pass at a Drone family tree diagram
"Yes, that's a good point. I guess what I was trying to say is the RC world was mostly about flying, while the world I came from (robotics) was all about engineering (software and PCB design). But you're right that the RC builders do blur…"
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criro1999 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Human vs AI drone racing
"nice article. fatigue is the factor to consider"
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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post First pass at a Drone family tree diagram
"Hi Chris, Depending on what message you are telling, I think it is a bit of a oversimplifications to say that RC are 'pilots' and robotics is 'developers'. The RC community has always been extremely DIY oriented. For a very long…"
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John Costello commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk Mini now just $139
"Hey Chris I'm interested in fixing one of my early projects an APM powered flamewheel 450 by adding the pixhawk mini. I just had a few questions. -I currently have an APM power supply which is in good shape. I was wondering if these units are…"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Preview of upcoming Dronecode/PX4 multi-camera VIO feature
"Yes, it will be coming in the PX4/Dronecode release. It uses the Intel Aero Vision 3-camera system and works on the Intel Aero board running PX4 https://click.intel.com/intel-aero-platform-developer-kit.html"
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Fnoop commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Preview of upcoming Dronecode/PX4 multi-camera VIO feature
"Does it have anything to do with px4?  Is it using IMU from px4?  I guess it's not doing the visual processing on the flight controller?"
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Auturgy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Preview of upcoming Dronecode/PX4 multi-camera VIO feature
"Thats a handheld demo from a year ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2GkAhL_KoI"
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Fnoop commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Preview of upcoming Dronecode/PX4 multi-camera VIO feature
"That video looks like SLAM, is that coming from px4?"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Preview of upcoming Dronecode/PX4 multi-camera VIO feature
"PX4 1.7 will be released next week. The VIO stack will be released in 1.8, in Q1"
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Human vs AI drone racing

Posted on November 23, 2017 at 12:41am 1 Comment

From NASA JPL

The race, held on Oct. 12, capped off two years of research into drone autonomy funded by Google. The company was interested in JPL's work with vision-based…

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First pass at a Drone family tree diagram

Posted on November 22, 2017 at 5:46pm 4 Comments

For a presentation I'm doing I tried to explain how the modern drone industry grew out of the intersection of two communities, RC and robotics, and although they didn't merge, they did both evolve. 

Here's where this community comes in, bridging those two…

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Pixhawk Mini now just $139

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

 

Last year, we introduced the Pixhawk Mini, a small, efficient autopilot designed in collaboration with HobbyKing specifically for the Dronecode PX4 1.6 stack. It’s been put to work on a variety of projects, and many of you use it to build DIY quads, planes,…

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Preview of upcoming Dronecode/PX4 multi-camera VIO feature

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 5:47pm 9 Comments

Visual Inertial Odometry (VIO) is a way to do position estimation and navigation without GPS, which is both useful for drones inside and for self-driving cars. Coming to the next release of the Dronecode/PX4 stack. 

Great YouTube channel on using Dronekit, APM

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 4:02pm 1 Comment

Tiziano Fiorenzani, an Italian engineer now working in the US, has one of the best YouTube channels on using open source drone software, especially, APM, Dronekit and Python. Above is just one example, on Drone Delivery with Python:

We are going to write a script that connects with the vehicle and waits for the operator…

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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,
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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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