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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!
Berkeley, California

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James commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"How do i add the bluetooth module to qunaum nova mode 2? i really need to try and get something done with it the mission planner through usb doesnt seem to work properly"
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Ruwan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"@Quadzimodo, true, I didn't go through Kickstarter comments, and I see some negative comments. I relied totally on the post. After backing few Kickstarter projects, I have my own experience in "no show" products. so I felt this is…"
Aaron Wilson commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Hi all from Portland Oregon, I have a quad I have put together with the HKPilot micro APM and was having good success at tuning in the, stable flight, altHold, loiter etc............... then did an update or something and now it doesnt see my GPS…"
Orville Olm commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"I'm sorry to see this venture fail, you can't sue anyone with no money. If one of the founders is an IP Attorney, he is a pretty lousy one at that. Manufacturing was going to be only one of their problems. If the attorney was any good, he…"
John Dennings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"I hope that (ex)CEO can set the record straight, as accusations of liars and crooks are flying all over, be it on RCG or Kickstarter  ... Edit: Including this forum: Irresponsible and immoral"
John Dennings commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Judging from the comments on Kickstarter, it appears that many backers who did have correct  addresses did not get anything, contrary to what the letter claims. And those who did received nothing close to anything flying more…"
Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Bill I do not actually disagree with anything you say. I clearly have far too much time on my hands today. I just thought it odd that the founder was an IP Attorney by trade and one of the people close to the project made reference to a patent…"
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Whatever else is true, this is a valid cautionary tale. As this discussion points out there are a lot of reasons to be very careful about investing in this sort of project. If it's something you really believe in and you can afford the loss…"

Bill Bonney commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"@Marc. The patent application is just part of the process in creating a company with IP. Filed in April 2014. It's a mechanism to attract investors. The other options are 'Trade Secrets', Trademarks and "Trade dress". IMHO I…"
Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Well I may be way off base an howling at the moon. I do not know how to search for patents. I just know that one of the former founders made reference to a pending patent.......so I did a quick search."

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Marc, that's a Trademark, not a Patent. All companies file trademarks. "
Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"I am not outraged on behalf of consumer that spent $500 on kickstarter. I seriously doubt anyone was in the poor house because of this. But it is an interesting post mortem. This was potentially not just a technology fail that I thought may have…"
Pritam Ghanghas commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"But on second thought somebody starting a company is most likely not thinking of sinking the company and pocketing the money. Who doesn't want to build a big successful company. It may be possible that they realized at some point that its not…"
Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Unless I am incorrect, there was a Patent filed for Airdoids. http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4802:8me71g.3.1 Look at the date this was starting: September 2014. Seems someone was hard at work patenting when they should have…"
Pritam Ghanghas commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Nobody is going to set any record straight. Either the rules of the world have changed or I only recently learned the rule and it was always like that. The rule is "if you get cheated, its your mistake". Some places may have laws to…"
Marc Dornan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Ouch. Maybe we should have read those posts before giving them the full benefit of the doubt that they did all they could and acted honorably. Quadzimodo may have a point here. Did they use Kickstarter money to actually get a patent. Did they? Can…"

John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"In my book the key to a successful kickstarter is very simple. Do not over-promise and then think/hope you can figure it out once the money is there to throw at it. Just having money can be useless if you don't have the skills needed or worse…"

Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"I wonder if this panicked them into folding it  Sander on May 6 I have not received anything so far. I think the best way is to work together. Can we create a list with all backers who have not received anything ? Based on that discuss…"

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Chris Anderson commented on rentt's blog post A new OSD for FPV - PlayuavOSD
"Great work on this! Is the hardware available to buy somewhere?"
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations
"Kickstarter (and Indiegogo) have an interesting vulnerability, "over success". You don't get started at all if you don't reach your stated goal, but the bigger problem may be what happens if you succeed beyond your wildest…"

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AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm 37 Comments

Sorry to see this notice from AirDroids, who had launched the PocketCopter on Kickstarter, but glad to see their list of "lessons learned". Manufacturing is really, really hard, and they were not the first or last Kickstarter project to get in over…


Agribotix makes the New York Times

Posted on May 16, 2015 at 9:55am 1 Comment

Congrats to our friends at Agribotix (Pixhawk-based ag drones), who were featured in a New York Times piece on deregulation of farming UAV use. Excerpts…


APM + Ubuntu + ROS = Elre Copter

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 8:58pm 4 Comments

Great to see the progress of the Erle Robotics team, who have ported the APM code to Ubuntu and interfaced with ROS to make a great research platform. From the …


Drones banned on Arctic and Antarctic cruises

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 11:02am 8 Comments

From Maritime Executive, via sUAS News:

This week two major…


Comment Wall (110 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?
Mark L
At 12:17am on February 8, 2008,
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Chris Anderson
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,
William Premerlani
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!!!
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
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
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.


- 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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