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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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technicus acityone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"Michael Clapp"Single crow twelve inches from the right wing root about 300 ft off the ground on takeoff. You're going 80 mph or faster with limited lower forward visibility due to the climb and things you have to pay attention to. You…"
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technicus acityone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"Do something stupid with a paper plane and u stay alive and healthy. Because paperplane or small drone NOT aircraft. =) "
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Michael Clapp commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"Do something stupid with a manned aircraft and the results can be brutal and final for you. Do something stupid with a drone and chances are somebody else pays the price. There are a lot more barriers to entry as well. Especially with the DJ swarm…"
9 hours ago
Sam Worthington commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"I think there is a lot of potential for small-scale radar. It just seems to fit. My expertise in vision-based systems is as bad as it is in radar, but Raviv Raz is doubtless in better position. There is a discussion he started…"
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John Bond commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"Sense and avoid capability is a key issue.  Unfortunately manned aircraft pilots are just terrible at it compared to birds and drone pilots operating over short distances.Birds know manned aircraft are coming long before a manned pilot can see…"
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earthpatrol commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Sony shows smartwatch drone control
"Albeit cool, who wants to hold their arms out for any period of time to control something? Don't forget about the time and "human comfort" dimension when designing novel I/O devices. Forget about using your arms for any human related…"
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Doug Walmsley commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Sony shows smartwatch drone control
"I like this idea.  Instead of a wrist watch why not build two command interfaces into the backs of gloves for a more realistic means to fly it.  Depending on left hand dominance verses right hand dominance your glove/interface units could…"
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Michael Clapp commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"Single crow twelve inches from the right wing root about 300 ft off the ground on takeoff. You're going 80 mph or faster with limited lower forward visibility due to the climb and things you have to pay attention to. You don't even see it…"
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technicus acityone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"Michael Clapphttp://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?p=220186 Direct strike w at list 20 or 50 object or more. And? Dont fly troght huge crowd of goose.or drones =)"
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Michael Clapp commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"Does just getting hurt count or does somebody have to get killed? A friend hit a crow taking off out of Concord and the repair was $24K. There are numerous instances of hawks going through the Plexiglas windshields of airplanes and the fragments…"
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Stuart Brookes commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"I think they should fire a frozen dji phantom into a running jet engine (in a test cell of course) to see what damage is caused. "
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Guy McCaldin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"While I agree the risks are likely overstated, it's unscientific to assume that the only determining factor in a collision is mass (i.e. a 3 pound bird poses the same risks as a 3 pound drone).  The fracture toughness of metal components…"
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Daniel Rincon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"I agree with the study, FAA for any razon demonizes the drones."
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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"Hi Chris, This website will give you an idea of how many planes have been brought down by bird strikes Link  Usually it takes more than one bird, a flock, to bring an aircraft down, but in some cases it was just one large bird. Regards, TCIII…"
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F1P commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"Drones need  right laws. Drones need adequate   publicity. Drones need to learning and accurate classification. Drones are people who fly drones. Aproposhttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/28/us/white-house-drone.htm =) "
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DroneZon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"Well researched post. Flocks of birds have always been an issue but rarely have caused any damage. Any airport near the sea has to deal with seagulls and they are pretty big and heavy bird. "
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Brendan Schulman commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"Chris, I'm glad you liked our "micro" proposal and accompanying safety study."
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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"1kg, the RCAPA suggested start weight way back in 2007 that was roundly shot down. Its looking better than nothing now."
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Sony shows smartwatch drone control

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 11:53am 2 Comments

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The combination of sensors and inputs in many smart wearable devices leads to some interesting possibilities for intuitive and immersive gesture-based user interfaces. A trio…
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IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:00pm 15 Comments

A very good piece in IEEE Spectrum reports on the research on the risks small/med bird strikes in aviation. Short conclusion: it rarely…

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Siemens contest winner uses IRIS for smart parking lot assistant demo

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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 16 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 37 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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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,
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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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