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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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Tor O Steine commented on Chris Anderson's blog post An algorithm for flying in a circle
"How do you cope with wind? We fly here a Cessna (small dot in the middle of the pic) in a loitering circle with 300 m radius, using X-plane. There is wind in the settings, and the circle is still quite round and smooth. The plane is autopiloted by a…"
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Tor O Steine commented on Chris Anderson's blog post An algorithm for flying in a circle
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Chris Anderson replied to Vatsal Raval's discussion Problematic situation for a beginner
"There's a getting started link right on the front page. "
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Chris Anderson replied to James Smith's discussion HELP: Battery Failsafe Crash
"Good research, but I'm afraid this is beyond my expertise. I'd repost this in the Ardupilot forums, and hopefully one of the developers can explain what's going on. "
18 hours ago

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Chris Anderson replied to Jaivon Jackson's discussion Motor 5 and 6 will not arm.
"Well, of course I use Pixhawk Mini!  I don't have any vehicles large enough for Pixhawk 2 (it's huge), but some other choices are here. "
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Chris Anderson replied to Jaivon Jackson's discussion Motor 5 and 6 will not arm.
"You're sure you loaded the hexacopter firmware and not the quadcopter? You probably already know that APM 2.8 is not supported anymore with the latest firmware. You should be using a 32-bit controller, such as Pixhawk or its clones. "
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Chris Anderson replied to James Smith's discussion HELP: Battery Failsafe Crash
"Sounds like it started a batt failsafe land and then revoked it when your power sensor reported the voltage was back above threshold. Why it didn't hold alt at the current alt is a mystery, however.  In the log, does it return to Alt Hold,…"
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Pavan Shetty commented on Chris Anderson's blog post OpenMV computer vision board now supports MAVLink, can appear as optical flow or AprilTag sensor
"I read that this can be used for face detection and eye tracking. Could this also be used for obstacle avoidance?"
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Bill Piedra commented on Chris Anderson's blog post OpenMV computer vision board now supports MAVLink, can appear as optical flow or AprilTag sensor
"saw that after i typed the message"
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Bill Piedra commented on Chris Anderson's blog post OpenMV computer vision board now supports MAVLink, can appear as optical flow or AprilTag sensor
"saw that after i typed the message"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post OpenMV computer vision board now supports MAVLink, can appear as optical flow or AprilTag sensor
"By clicking on the link in the first line of the post"
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Bill Piedra commented on Chris Anderson's blog post OpenMV computer vision board now supports MAVLink, can appear as optical flow or AprilTag sensor
"Where can I get one these ?? "
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Hamish commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize
"Could you have a multirotor tethered to a big rover? Fields always seem to have tractor tracks through them, you could drive down those. Rover could have a generator on board to keep flight times high, or just a big bank of cheap batteries. The…"
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Patrick Poirier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Beaglebone Blue board designed for robotics
"Great :-) , This will be a nice complement of your post and a great demonstration of an affordable linux based FC."
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Beaglebone Blue board designed for robotics
"Unfortunately, Ning doesn't keep records of posts that aren't approved. They just disappear. If he can PM me a copy of his post I can see if I can tell why it wasn't approved. Normally moderator give a reason why they send posts…"
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Patrick Poirier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Beaglebone Blue board designed for robotics
"No reasons given, just no answers. If you can look at it would be greatly appreciated, In the mean time I'll ask Mirko to contact you directly. Thanks "
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Beaglebone Blue board designed for robotics
"Patrick: I haven't seen that, but there are lots of other moderators who can approve or send a post back (usually because it's missing some required bit, like an image at top). Was he given a reason for the post not being approved?"
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Patrick Poirier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Beaglebone Blue board designed for robotics
"Chris,  Mirko has tried a few times to get the BeagleBoneBlue Ardupilot based autopilot publisged on DIYDRONES, but never got it approved.. Are you aware of that ?"
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OpenMV computer vision board now supports MAVLink, can appear as optical flow or AprilTag sensor

I love the OpenMV board, a $65 open source computer vision module that combines a camera and powerful M7 processor with a nice built-in Micropython interpreter and OpenCV-like computer vision library. It's also got a fantastic IDE that makes using it the…See More
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JB commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Beaglebone Blue board designed for robotics
"One other thing I just realized that it lacks is a camera CSI input. It's will be USB camera only."
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OpenMV computer vision board now supports MAVLink, can appear as optical flow or AprilTag sensor

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 10:30am 4 Comments

I love the OpenMV board, a $65 open source computer vision module that combines a camera and powerful M7 processor with a nice built-in Micropython interpreter and OpenCV-like computer vision library. It's also got a fantastic IDE that makes using…

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RaspberryPi hits 12.5m boards sold

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 2:10pm 1 Comment

From The Verge:

The official Raspberry Pi magazine just announced that over 12.5 million of the…

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DroneClash takes brings full destruction to drone racing

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 9:34am 2 Comments

Nice to see a 3DR Iris+ there, but I'm slight afraid it got totally destroyed afterward ;-) Check out DroneClash for more mayhem. Looks fun!

In a real life video game of sorts, four teams will battle simultaneously. They can use as many drones as they like, but each…

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New Beaglebone Blue board designed for robotics

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 3:14pm 14 Comments

There's much to like in the new Beaglebone Blue board. Along with the usual Beaglebone processing power and Linux support, it has built-in IMU sensors, good WiFi, proper connectors and (for rovers) motor…

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Comment Wall (118 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,
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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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