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Feedback on new manuals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gustav Kuhn Apr 14, 2013. 130 Replies

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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Andrew Petrie commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR announces partnership with Intel on Edison for Linux-based companion for Pixhawk
"Looks like my next purchase will be an Edison board..........."
5 hours ago
Ricard Pardell commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter User Group
"Hi all, I am starting a project where I want to add two pusher propellers to an X octocopter configuration. I wonder if anybody can give me his opinion on the feasibility of doing this on Arducopter."
8 hours ago
prof.avi.levy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Adding 3DR radio telemetry to the Quanum Nova APM-powered copter
"Hello I followed the procedure of connecting the 3dr radio to the quantum nova. I have 1st version of the 3DR radio.   When one radio connected to the quad and the other to the PC, while using the 3DR radio within the initial setup tab…"
RocketMan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Humanoid robot learns to fly a flight simulator!
"You will be surprised over then next 10 years. I expect things grow exponential and there will be things we never even dreamed of coming out. There's just so much this tech can do. We are approaching the limit of anything I ever dreamed of with…"

John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"Electronic (digital) image stabilization only has some hard limits that you cannot get around, like motion blur caused by quick camera movements. The best approach is a hybrid system where you combine optical (mechanical) and electronic…"
David Beesley commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"@mP1 ... I take your point, however, I thought the BeBop was doing a variant on the 4K-for-2K approach - oversized sensor with the image "stabilised" by cropping in to the image, which may require less CPU processing?"

Bill Piedra commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"I'm not surprised.  It looks like somebody's 'concept' evolved into a 3D rendering with the hope that if they collected a ton of money through crowdfunding then they would figure out how to actually build one. "

Ramon Roche commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"@Ronald: The data is open source and is meant to be a community collaboration effort lead by Mapbox this is the public github repository https://github.com/mapbox/drone-feedback"
Ronald George AMIMechE commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"Very interesting Chris. I notice the no-fly's are also mapped for other countries. Did your team just apply an arbitrary circle around airports as applied in the U.S or was there some data sharing from the regulatory authorities there?"
Diy Copters - Ben Berrey commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Humanoid robot learns to fly a flight simulator!
"ardudroid next?  if we start doing humanoid robotics incorporation in our world, They better not be using hands to drive. they better be plugging into the OBD port or something.  (kinda like rd2d2 being able to plug in and control…"
Bruce Robb commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Tip for tweaking ArduPilot: start without the throttle connected
"Good to know - I will try that on my Aero. As I have said I am fittingg the Pixhawk etc to a Mugin 3m and just can't get a response from the servos. Obviously I have had to calibrate the system offboard (turn the aircraft on its back etc)…"

Rob_Lefebvre commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"mP1, I have a Sony AS100V camera, that does do electronic image stabilization internally.  It does work.  Sort of.  It helps, but it's not perfect.  You still need a good gimbal."
thomas Butler commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"Additionally, a more accurate evaluation could be made using a test platform which could be merely a second heavier gimbal that runs a programmed sequence of pitch and rolls in a predetermined standardized time period; performs the same function as…"

Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Humanoid robot learns to fly a flight simulator!
"Made my week love it "
RocketMan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"I like it!"
Greg Dronsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Humanoid robot learns to fly a flight simulator!
"This is truly amazing! i hope that in few years time the APM equivalent will support humanoid robots. "
mP1 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"@David: I highly doubt the BeBop has real time digital stablisation. If Adobe Premiere on a fast multi core machine cant do real time stablisation, then theres no way a lesser CPU can."
David Beesley commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"Chris, are 3DR exploring the digital stabilisation option as per the Parrot BeBop?"
Tobias Simon commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
thomas Butler commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"That looks like a pretty sophisticated and expensive test fixture, but there is a much simple way to analyze a gimbals performance using statistical process control (SPC).  As a stand alone tester; attach an IMU with a 6050 to the camera and…"

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Humanoid robot learns to fly a flight simulator!

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 3:34pm 4 Comments

This is both adorable and really cool. From IEEE Spectrum:

As much trouble as humanoid robots are to build and control, we keep on trying to make it work because it's easiest to operate in a human environment if you can…


How 3DR tests camera gimbals

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 9:09pm 21 Comments

With our partners AES. This is a great way to really quantify performance!

Disaster aid drone project wins $10,000 award

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

Congrats to APM:Plane user Charles Devaney, who just shared the Drone Social Innovation Award! From Robohub:

The first winners of the…


LA Times: Drones set to transform agriculture

Posted on September 14, 2014 at 8:28pm 1 Comment

Congrats to Ryan Kunde of DRNK Wines, whose agricultural research with drones made the LA Times this weekend. He's using 3DR Y6s and Aeros:…


Review of John Cale concert with drones: Cale more interesting than the drones

Posted on September 14, 2014 at 11:25am 1 Comment

From the Guardian:

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


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?
Mark L
At 12:17am on February 8, 2008,
3D Robotics
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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