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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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Swift commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"What a Maker facility! Thank you Chris. Not for Tiguana factory... thank you for starting this adventure."
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Ravi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"Chris, I am very impressed to see the pics of your facility. I am member of diy community right form it's inception. I saw you invent and grow. The real American dream come true. keep it up!"
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Jasper Pons commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"Aaaargh Dan you have it all. wish i knew this 3 years ago! Looks like you are ready to go on the warehouse scanning, all you need to do is hook into our drone-database protocol. Can you ask your client if they would be interested in being agents for…"
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Harry commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduPilot (legacy) User Group
"I don't know why I still fool with this but I do. I'm running FreeIMU, outputting DIYd binary on a Flip1.5 instead of the ArduIMU. I added a I2C daughter board that sends the Ublox protocol to the Flip. It took me a while to figure out the…"
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SHIBLEE ALAM commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turning a PS2 controller into a RC transmitter
"Hi, I have questions about the Datenschlag.ino If I upload the source code into two arduinos connect them to  RF modules then where to connect the LCD in the transmitter part. and where to connect them with transmitter MCU Atmega....  I…"
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Dan Neault commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"One of my clients is a major manufacture of servo drives, they gave us the board they use in there drives. I will ask Monday if it is public info. As too frame, I suggest you watch Robert Lefebvre's video, on airframes. Pretty much tells you…"
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Richard Kennedy commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Vote of confidence for NEO-M8N??? If you are using one can you say it's been solid / trouble free? Better than the 7? I lost a quad last summer. Fly way. Never found it so I'll never know but I had a M8N on it at the time. I'd like to…"
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Jasper Pons commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"Hey Dan, Ha Ha, agreed, lots of demo products out there, we often get the "2015, Quarter 3 " answer when asking to purchase, hence we continue struggling along with our own. Thanks for all those tips, we seem to be in parallel universes on…"
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Dan Neault commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"Jasper, I have posted pic's of early prototypes, and have given out as much as I can. I have my own automation engineering company, with my primary client a manufacture of mining equipment /services. The unit we now produce, uses an airframe…"
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ColinC commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The DIY Drones Mission (aka The Five Rules)
"" Our UAVs include airplanes, helicopters, quadcopters and blimps".  Any room for rovers?  I see they're represented in the banner at the top. Thanks, Colin"
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Jasper Pons commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"Hey Dan, thats one SICK sensor if it can do what it says it can! We are finding the flight control is our limiting factor, we have been unable to find any system available that can do what chris is showing in his video down to cm accuracy. Trying to…"
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Dan Neault commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"If it's any help Jasper, we fly in a 8' x 8' tunnel, using one Sick TIM551. Very light weight and very good results. We only went for TOF camera's, to increase our sweep resolution for…"
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Jasper Pons commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"very nice idea, thanks for this article. We are using a lightware range finder on our indoor drone autopilot for height detection at 40 times per second, we are struggling with infrared and sonar on the forward facing one, to detect the warehouse…"
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Chris Anderson commented on Sergio Reyes Sánchez's blog post Teleoperating an Hexacopter
"Love it! Great work. Hope you're participating with the dev team to integrate this..."
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Dennis Corey commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"Hey Robert, This is a really great approach due to it's simplicity.  I'm all in favor of that!  Have you thought about doing a slight yaw in the direction of the turn prior to turning in order to take a "peek" at what…"
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Laser Developer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"@Robert, great feedback. If you now try to visualize an ideal solution, what comes to mind?"
Wednesday
Robert M commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"I have been working on a design for my next fixed-wing incorporating the great new rangefinder. The inspiration came from a flight during which my plane dipped below a hilltop breaking my LOS. I luckily had good RTH settings which took the plane…"
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Sgt Ric commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A newbie's guide to UAVs
"This whole community is based on an autopilot based on Arduino... Chris and Jordi used to have a Blimduino available, but the project seems to have been over-shadowed by the quadcopter buzz."
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Daniel Ivanov Denev commented on Chris Anderson's blog post A newbie's guide to UAVs
"In our school we trying to develop blimp autopilot based on Arduino. Had anyone tryed it before. We unexperiensed."
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Siemens contest winner uses IRIS for smart parking lot assistant demo

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

From Fast Company:

The next time you spend 20 minutes circling a…

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Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 6:30pm 2 Comments

Back in June 2013, I shared some pictures from the then-new 3D Robotics Tijuana factory.  Here's another batch, showing the growth and progress there. It's buzzing and…

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Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 2:30pm 30 Comments

I was curious how well LIDAR-Lite, which is just a laser range finder out of the box, would work as a full sweeping LIDAR unit, so I set up this demo unit. The unit updates at 100Hz, so to detect a 10cm object (like a telephone pole) within a 5m arc at 10m distance (with 2x oversampling), I calculate that you need to…

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X PlusOne VTOL Kickstarter success

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 3:30pm 5 Comments

Congrats to the X PlusOne team on the conclusion of their successful Kickstarter campaign, having raised nearly three times their goal!  The Pixhawk-based…

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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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