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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

Latest Activity

John Githens commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"Great to see many progressive actions by many people who are concerned enough to help mitigate an increasing problem. Link to this DIYD blog post is now at the top of the list on this page for newbies."
28 minutes ago
DG commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order
"He has a pen and a phone"
1 hour ago
Jared S commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"The grass strip called "Jim's Private Airport" east of KATL in Georgia is a large airport? Hehehe."
1 hour ago

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AKRCGUY commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order
"If they come for our quads, they'll get the prop guards first!....:)"
2 hours ago
Lockhart commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"@Rob: Aircraft fly over wilderness all the time. Just because you cannot land in the wilderness, it does not follow that you cannot fly above the wilderness. [Not that I want to see or hear a drone when I am inter wilderness more than you]."
2 hours ago
Lockhart commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"This is a good start. It would be useful to have an overlay of FAA charts, much like http://skyvector.com/"
2 hours ago
Nncardoso commented on Chris Anderson's blog post ESA does another copter-rover drop, this time with awesomely over-the-top music
"Things which might be of interest for those interested in the technologies behind this: 1) Vision-based navigation is based on feature template matching, followed by a random sample consensus-based homography estimation algorithm. Then this…"
2 hours ago
Nncardoso commented on Chris Anderson's blog post ESA does another copter-rover drop, this time with awesomely over-the-top music
"Just a note about the project: two papers were recently published at the ESA GNC Conference, which might be a good, let's say, "complement" to the video. Lots of details there."
3 hours ago
Euan Ramsay commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"Where are you guys getting your feeds from? I see it's in Mission planner too - I take it the FAA has a live feed we can freely hook into?"
3 hours ago

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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"Is that 5 mile zone not around all airfields??? Folks won't like it but this is a good thing, well done."
3 hours ago
mP1 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order
"Good old American government, trying to find more ways to give business to the military contractors, who never seem to have any hurdles w/ regulation or budgets."
3 hours ago
James Daniel commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order
"Yes we must wait until our king issues his edict to see what it will entail,"
4 hours ago
Adam Juniper commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Kickstarter project for quadcopter-based hoverbike
"@Mike T Could a small petrol motor provide the energy, like a Diesel Electric locomotive?"
4 hours ago
Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"Don't mind Jack, he wakes up on the wrong side of his bed every morning.  Must suck to be such an angry person all day, every day. Anyway, I think this is a good thing.  Most of the people that are regulars on this website do not need…"
5 hours ago
Pedals2Paddles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order
"Before everyone has a heart attack, focus.  This is an executive order to do nothing of any actual merit (shocking isn't it).  He is ordering the NTIA to think about it and make some voluntary guidelines.  Not rules.  Not…"
5 hours ago
benbojangles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order
"Edward Snowden...."
9 hours ago
Harry commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order
"Told ya the Commerce Dept.  If they acknowledge and yield to the right of an individual to make a buck with an aerial camera, then great they can stick around a little longer.  If all they want is more income, the people still reserve the…"
11 hours ago
Andrew Rabbitt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order
"The idea of executive orders is straight out of dictatorship 101"
13 hours ago
Rob Burrows commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Droneshare now has No-fly Zones
"I've submitted this to the Github repository: Hello, please add designated wilderness areas in the U.S. These areas were specifically set aside for non-motorized use by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Section 4(c) of this act states: "Except…"
14 hours ago
armen t commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order
"anything relating to privacy laws and obummer will result in freedom loss. PERIOD !!!"
14 hours ago

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Droneshare now has No-fly Zones

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 6:09pm 9 Comments

Check out this cool new Droneshare feature, out in beta (beta.droneshare.com): No-Fly Zones! Just select the "Restricted Areas" view from the little icon at the top right of the map (this is only in beta.droneshare.com now, but will be in…

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Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:45pm 10 Comments

From Politico

President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO…

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Kickstarter project for quadcopter-based hoverbike

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 10:46pm 15 Comments

Gizmag reports on the launch of a new Kickstarter project that uses quadcopter design to lift humans. (me, I think if men were meant to fly they'd have wings. That's what robots are for!)

Having revealed its …

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Drone Pilots Association launches for small commercial fliers

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 10:42pm 1 Comment

Forbes reports on the launch of this new organization. 

If you are involved…

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Conservation Drones in the New York Times

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:21pm 4 Comments

Congrats to star DIY Drones member Lian Pin Koh for this…

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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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