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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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Roberto Navoni commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop drone with head-tracking Oculus Rift
"My opinion is that it's a very good toy and R&D Platform but not good for professional application .  The main limit is wifi technology for data link ... in some enviroment there are a lot of rf noise.  And the other poblem is the…"
6 hours ago
Matthias Badaire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Parrot Bebop drone with head-tracking Oculus Rift
"Marketing... "a technology called ‘Headtracking’, only available with Oculus Rift.". My first head tracker is 4 years old."
6 hours ago

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Chris Anderson commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post PyQuadSim: A Multi-platform, open-source quadrotor simulator in Python
"Thanks for sharing that, Simon. What are some of the advantages over the APM:Copter SITL simulator? Have you considered supporting Pixhawk for the HIL version?"
9 hours ago

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Tipu commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Robo-birds to scare away real ones
"awesome !!!"
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Thomas Stone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
"@Roberto: Yes, you are correct. We use servos just for demonstration purposes. The video quality will be MUCH better with a brushless gimbal (and no post-processing would be needed) ... We simply wanted to demonstrate the tracking technology, and we…"
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Roberto Navoni commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
"Hi Thomas, good job , I start my test with servo ,too but i found same glitch that are in your video it's not good . When i change to brushless gimbal all work better ...  I think that you stabilize the video ,too the raw video could be a…"
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Thomas Stone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
"By the way, here is a short clip of a servo-based setup ... No tuning headaches. :) "
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Thomas Stone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
"Hi Jack, I feel your pain. Investigating the infrared components can be a headache. We spent a lot of effort developing the IR-LOCK system to make it work (even at 30-60 feet outdoors).  -Thomas "
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Thomas Stone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
"@Roberto: I am not completely familiar with the particular gimbal products, but thanks for sharing. Yes, it is a hassle to attach the Pixy directly to the moving components of the gimbal. You could mount it to the quad, but that may limit the…"
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Jack Crossfire commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
"Had better luck with visible LEDs.  It doesn't work outdoors.  Overall, it sucks."
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monkeynutz commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Disney patents copter-controlled puppets
"such innovation much patent wow "
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Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Robo-birds to scare away real ones
"Impressive stuff!"
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Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Disney patents copter-controlled puppets
"It is nice to see more detail on this.  Previous discussion on this news can be found here. Let the drone patent wars begin!"
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Roberto Navoni commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
"Hi Thomas , sure you can share ... I think that it can work with our 3th axis gimbal without problem ... We adapt the code on VR Gimbal  for interact with Pixy . In our application we can switch from VR Leash to Optical flow automatically…"
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Thomas Stone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
"Wow. That's great! I also started working a Pixy-gimbal combo, but I didn't have time to tune all of the PID parameters ... so I just switched to servos, which obviously do not produce the same video quality.  Adding the Pixy input to…"
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Roberto Navoni commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
" I doing some test and patch for integration of Pixy and VR Gimbal ... the result is very good . The main problem is the PID for obtain a smooth managment of position offset :) "
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YannGu commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Connecting your phone, tablet or laptop to APM/Pixhawk using Bluetooth
"Thanks Bill for your answer and help. The XBee USB adapter is this one : http://www.aliexpress.com/item-img/Bluetooth-Bee-XBee-Adapter-USB-Adapter-for-Arduino/1252559994.html Through USB, I succeeded to send commands to the RN41XVC ($$$, changed…"
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Thomas Stone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
"Ha, sounds like an interesting 'Stretch Goal' :) ... It is simply two servos (in a pan/tilt configuration). Pixy can directly connect to servos, so it makes it easy.  It is also possible to control a gimbal (w/ brushless motors) for…"
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johnkowalsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones
"What gimbal did you use at 2:35 ? I see this could offer hours of fun for cats. Just place a tag on them and put a slightly offset laser pointer on the camera."
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MIT algorithim allows delivery drones to monitor their health in real time

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 8:17pm 0 Comments

From Gizmag:

The prospect of delivery drones brings with it a few notable issues. Beyond…

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Parrot Bebop drone with head-tracking Oculus Rift

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 7:57pm 2 Comments

From the Parrot blog:

oculus-bebop Few weeks ago, we were talking about this german developer who created a software to …

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New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:55pm 11 Comments

This new Kickstarter project looks awesome. I've backed it, and will experiment with it for autonomous blimps (as well as copters):…

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Disney patents copter-controlled puppets

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:43pm 3 Comments

From IEEE Spectrum:

Disney has a research lab in Zurich, right next door to ETH Zurich. In the past, we've seen a lot of collaborations between…

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Robo-birds to scare away real ones

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:41pm 2 Comments

From Wired:





Birds are nice enough, unless you work at places like airports, farms, and landfills, in which case they’re the sworn enemy. Today, there are a variety of tools and technologies for spooking unwanted birds—we’ve…

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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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