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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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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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Mike T commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"a 3 axis tarot would be great!"
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roberto hernandez commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"nice machine, do you know why tarot is not releasing the 3 axis, i love my tarot 2d  but im waiting for the 3 axis. For me tarot is the best gimbal, you can buy parts an fix it in case of damage, the other brands not"
3 hours ago
Diy Copters - Ben Berrey commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"Just checking, didnt want to let that nice delta goto waste.  Need to find a way to mount a chicken's  in there with a mobius mounted on its head. Compare natures vestibulo-ocular reflex as a solid baseline :)  "
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eduardo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"Nice Navoni, you are right, high frequency vibration ,  high centripetal and centrifugal acceleration are the most important point in a good gimbal controller. "
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MC commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"What are the model of those high speed linear actuators? Are they electric or pneumatic actuators?"
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Shawn Patterson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"Is this test rig available commercially?"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"Ben, yes, there is a coordinate system on the other wall and machine vision algorithms used to collect all the performance data. We didn't want to show all our secrets!"
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Ben Norris commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Indiegogo campaign for safety device to support redundant Pixhawks/APMs
"snakeoil"
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mP1 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"Chris: Make a gimbal for 250 quads and ill be impressed and buy it, and so will many others. There no current brushless gimbals in that size on the market, but you already knew that!"
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Roberto Navoni commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"Sure nice , but don't enought you don't have important variable as : high frequency vibration ,  high centripetal and centrifugal acceleration , HIT and wind  simulation .   The better way for doing this kind of simulation…"
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Mike T commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"does this mean that the tarot gimbal came out best if it's what 3dr chose?"
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keith mann commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"Cool, with a repeatable  routine for the "wobbler" each gimbal can be tested against a known set of parameters. Objective results every time."
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Diy Copters - Ben Berrey commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"Very good delta robot use!  Just need a coordinate system mounted on the wall and the camera pointed at it and a closed loop running to the camera to measure the error in tilt to create be able to graph the results.  might as well put…"
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Justin Stiltner commented on Chris Anderson's blog post How 3DR tests camera gimbals
"Can you share the results from your testing?  Such as error, lead, lag etc? "
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Here's the page for local DIY Drones fly/meetup groups. Add yours (or make one)!
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Redwan Safi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Here's the page for local DIY Drones fly/meetup groups. Add yours (or make one)!
"Toronto Area https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uav-toronto"
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mP1 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pocketcopter project on Indiegogo
"@Gerard betabeta.com has a lot of hilarious articles about crowdsourcing and how its flawed and funny when and how they fail."
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Humanoid robot learns to fly a flight simulator!

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 3:34pm 0 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…

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How 3DR tests camera gimbals

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 9:09pm 14 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…

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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:…

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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 1 Comment

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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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,
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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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