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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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Crady von Pawlak commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"This is your brain on drugs. "
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Haygood commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"Maybe you would have backing for your asteroid mining idea, at least.   The weight transfer idea is the only way I see this working.  Those newfangled flat props must be leading edge technology, too.  Look, ma, no pitch!   So,…"
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Harry commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"I'd be mining asteroids by now if somebody had paid me for every incomplete idea I ever had."
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Johann van de Venter commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"The only way I see any kind of side to side movement would be to incorporate some kind of 3 dimensional weight transfer system. Let say you mount a weight to the bottom of the unit pointing directly down, the craft would hover as normal since the…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"Should go up and down just fine, but purposely move in any direction other than where the wind is taking it, not so much. I guess you could put it on a tether, just like a balloon - or, you could just use a balloon - hmm obviously a great idea maybe…"
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Gerard Toonstra commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"Well, I sent a support ticket to indiegogo to tell them to have a look at the feasibility and suspend pledges until the campaigners come forward with project plans and explanations how they figured out it would cost $89 if they don't even have…"
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Melih Karakelle commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"I guess, Indiegogo focused on profit in these days. All Indiegogo supported projects are scam since few weeks."
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Melih Karakelle commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"I just found a mail in my box from Indiegogo.The subject is: An HD helicopter camera that fits in your pocket! "
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Dan Murray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"Seeing so many of these "wannabe" applications popping up these days, that have no real information or plan on how they are going to achieve their lofty goals."
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Tobias Simon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"OMG, this is close to a "Black Hornet PD-100"-class MAV for everyone! I have the bad feeling that this project is either planned as a scam, or these people really have no idea what they are doing. In both cases I'm feeling sorry for…"
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Melih Karakelle commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"Johann,Thank you for SolidWorks guru advice for the button design. I found a guru who can do this for only 100.000$, I will pay the money and he will draw the button for me :)Actually we added a new stretch goal to the project for you, We will add a…"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"I should do a kickstarter campaign for a 1kg gas-powered helicopter that can fly for 3 hours.  No engines exist for this yet, but I'm sure I can have one made for just $50,000.  No problem.Or maybe a larger version, where I will…"
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Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"Anybody figure out how they achieve pitch and roll control?  Only thing I could see at this point is little mini thruster jets at the bottom of the thing.  There certainly isn't anything in the rotor system to do it."
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Johann van de Venter commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"Melih, I'm sure once you hit the $1million target you'll be able to pay a SolidWorks guru for 10 minutes of his time to assist with the revolving of the button.  I also don't like black yellow or blue, I want a red one. I will…"
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Melih Karakelle commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"Johann, Thank you for your support, I will add the switch that you suggested. But, I didn't find the revolve option to draw a button in Solid Works, this is why it must be slider switch :) Another funny thing with this campaign, The only…"
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Johann van de Venter commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"Haha, whaile you're at it Malih, also please replace the on/off switch with something more waterproof than a clock radio switch (since the claim the device will be waterproof) One can only make public comments once you have contributed, and…"
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Melih Karakelle commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"Great design!I can draw the better one in a few minutes. Just give me 100.000$I will add "the pitch" to the propellers as a stretch goal, If the project reaches 1.000.000$ :DSomebody must be warn the backers for this vaporware."
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Johann van de Venter commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"I just don't see how a Mobile app developer, a micro electrician and a designer will be able to fund the hardware design and engineering, software design and device manufacturing cost before June 2015 with the budget of €15K (even at the…"
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Guy McCaldin commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
" Not quite 19cm x 4.5cmø, though I guess technology has changed quite a bit since 2007."
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Review of John Cale concert with drones: Cale more interesting than the drones

Posted on September 14, 2014 at 11:25am 0 Comments

From the Guardian:

Striped tin cans buzz through the air like android wasps. A cube draped in tube lights – part jellyfish, part…

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Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 12:20pm 33 Comments

It looks like they've still got a lot of work to do to make this Pocketcopter a reality, but it's a cool idea (I've backed it):

How does the Pocketcopter work?

The…

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3DR announces partnership with Intel on Edison for Linux-based companion for Pixhawk

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:18pm 30 Comments

From the 3DR blog:

On Tuesday, 3D Robotics announced that we’ve partnered with Intel in the development of …

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Indiegogo campaign for safety device to support redundant Pixhawks/APMs

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 8:00pm 17 Comments

The AP Manager looks great! I've backed it. 

Improve your flight-safety by adding redundancy with the intelligent bridge between two independent running autopilots in your RC-model…
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How the Robot Dragonfly is tested

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 9:03pm 3 Comments

Back in 2012, I backed the Robot Dragonfly on Indiegogo. They've had trouble getting it out the door, because it's incredibly complex, but the silver lining is that they've been great about providing regular updates and insights in the project's development.…

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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,
3D Robotics
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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