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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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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Follow-me with dynamic obstacle avoidance

From New Atlas, a writeup on new research from ETH and MIT:Thanks to new research from MIT and ETH Zurich, however, it may soon be possible for drones to autonomously follow along with an actor, keeping their face framed "just right" the whole time – while also avoiding hitting any obstacles.To utilize the experimental new system, operators start by using a computer interface to indicate who the drone should be…See More
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3D Robotics
Chris Anderson replied to Javier Cerna's discussion Maxbotix EZ4 Sonar in quadcopters
"What kind of surface are you landing on? I've never had much success with sonar on anything but concrete. (Also prop noise can confuse it close the ground).  I only trust Lidar for accurate ranging close to the ground.  "
May 16

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Chris Anderson replied to Melvin's discussion Accessing Waypoints directly from pixhawk
"To answer the question, yes GCSs are scriptable. Here's how to script Mission Planner with Python: http://ardupilot.org/planner/docs/using-python-scripts-in-mission-planner.html"
May 14
Asim commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered rover wins 2017 RoboMagellan competition
"AI - The future of all mankind as we become further lazy eating hot dogs :) lolNice video! I love AI, its my passion."
May 12

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Chris Anderson replied to Charles Linquist's discussion GPS, compass reliability
"The GPS in your car and phone lose signal all the time -- it just isn't reported in the app or is compensated for with other sensors, because it doesn't matter very much if it's exactly right (because it has a driver).  Just go…"
May 11
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pixhawk-powered rover wins 2017 RoboMagellan competition
"Great job, very impressive, especially with all the bystander and miscellaneous clutter."
May 11

3D Robotics
Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Pixhawk-powered rover wins 2017 RoboMagellan competition

Congrats to Marco Walter, who won the the 2017 RoboMagellan competition at RoboGames with a rover that used Pixhawk + Ardurover + Odroid U3See More
May 11

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John Arne Birkeland commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Drone learns to fly by crashing (a lot)
"I guess in this case computers learn the same way as humans. By crashing.."
May 11
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Drone learns to fly by crashing (a lot)
"Very interesting. 11,500 collisions is a lot - sort of the ultimate expression of "trial and error". They did use a very minimal, bare bones 2 part data acquisition structure. Represents a base line of sorts, basically it seems almost any…"
May 10

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Drone learns to fly by crashing (a lot)

Excerpt from the IEEE Spectrum article:“Learning to Fly by Crashing,” a paper from CMU roboticists Dhiraj Gandhi, Lerrel Pinto, and Abhinav Gupta, has such a nice abstract that I’ll just let them explain what this research is all about:[T]he gap between simulation and real world remains large especially for perception…See More
May 10
Ouroboros commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Navy wins DARPA swarm challenge
"Wonder if Army would have lead if it was a rotary/VTOL swarm competition..."
May 10
Pablo Legarreta commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Navy wins DARPA swarm challenge
"Are the Ritewing Zephyr II?"
May 9
Pablo Legarreta commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Navy wins DARPA swarm challenge
"Are the Ritewing Zephyr II?"
May 9
Johnatan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Navy wins DARPA swarm challenge
"Which wing are they using?"
May 9

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Navy wins DARPA swarm challenge

Air Force came in second. Most seem to be using 3DR Pixhawks by the looks of the teaser video. Final video coming soonhttp://www.uasvision.com/2017/05/09/usaf-academy-cadets-second-in-uas-competition/See More
May 8
Greg Dronsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Review of the $50 Jevois computer vision camera/computer
"Very interesting educational kit for $50. This is a good video that shows a few advantages over a RPi set: https://youtu.be/7cTfOckkGlE"
May 8
Greg Dronsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Review of the $50 Jevois computer vision camera/computer
"Very interesting educational kit for $50. This is a good video that shows a few advantages over a RPi set: https://youtu.be/7cTfOckkGlE"
May 8
Paul Tegler commented on Chris Anderson's blog post New Volta companion computer for Pixhawk brings computer vision, more
"stumbeld on this older thread.... have both an Odroid XU4 and a Flytpod here Odroid with ROS, openCV and etc installed on the Ubuntu is dirt simple. Flytpod is WAAAAYY wild and perhaps even over kill! Runs on Ubuntu comes pre-installed with openCV,…"
May 7
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Review of the $50 Jevois computer vision camera/computer
"Good to know, I had a suspicion that although Nvidias deep learning big stuff is getting a lot of attention, they TK / TX boards still weren't getting much help on the open source level anyway. So as it stands, looks like the RPI-3 might be the…"
May 7

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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Review of the $50 Jevois computer vision camera/computer
"Some guys our group are using the TX2, and so far it's been nothing but distro pain for them. Nothing compiles as it should and even getting OpenCV running is a challenge. Not ready for prime time. "
May 7

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Follow-me with dynamic obstacle avoidance

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 1:16pm 0 Comments

From New Atlas, a writeup on new research from ETH and MIT:

Thanks to new research from MIT and ETH Zurich, however, it may soon be possible for drones to autonomously follow along with an actor, keeping their face framed "just right" the whole time –…

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Pixhawk-powered rover wins 2017 RoboMagellan competition

Posted on May 11, 2017 at 4:26pm 2 Comments

Congrats to Marco Walter, who won the the 2017 RoboMagellan competition at RoboGames with a rover that used Pixhawk + Ardurover + Odroid U3

Drone learns to fly by crashing (a lot)

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 1:39pm 2 Comments

Excerpt from the IEEE Spectrum article:

“Learning to Fly by Crashing,” a paper from CMU roboticists Dhiraj Gandhi, Lerrel Pinto, and Abhinav Gupta,…

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Navy wins DARPA swarm challenge

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 11:08pm 4 Comments

Air Force came in second. Most seem to be using 3DR Pixhawks by the looks of the teaser video. Final video coming soon

http://www.uasvision.com/2017/05/09/usaf-academy-cadets-second-in-uas-competition/

Review of the $50 Jevois computer vision camera/computer

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 3:30pm 4 Comments

Full review at our sister site, DIY Robocars, here,…

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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,
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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