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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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Thomas Stone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more
"Cool tether. :)"
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Eric Coronel commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more
"Great summary and pictures."
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more
"Really impressive lineup of useful, high quality options."
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Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more

If you got a chance to see the big 3DR area at NAB in Las Vegas last week, you'll have seen the new cameras and accessories for Solo first-hand (along with the new software features such as sense-and-avoid and smart rewind announced earlier). But here's a quick recap:The new hardware:The Sony UMC-R10C…See More
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Sergey Huba commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Precise indoor positioning with ultrawideband
"Chris, any updates on Pozyx so far?"
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"Now more than 450+ are signed up. Media will be covered by Guokr.com and live on live.bilibili,com"
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Darrel Maddy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post VTOL FireFLY6 now available with APM-based autonomy built-in
"I have recently obtained a number of these but would prefer to use them with standard mission planner. Is the team tiltrotor firmware likely to be merged into the main code any time soon? I know there is firmware offered via QGC but I would prefer…"
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Holger S commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Sony/3DR announce new Enterprise camera for Solo
"NAB show seems to be over - any news/details/facts on the UMC-R10C so far?"
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"It's going to be some of this conference material published in the web?"
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Chris Anderson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Dronecode Unconference in Beijing next week
"More than 300 people are registered for this already!"
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Ramon Roche commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Augmented reality, custom geofencing, smart "rewind" and more in new 3DR Solo software
"@HyperGuy that's correct most of it was implemented using DroneKit"
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"Not ArduSub though?"
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Dragan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Quadcopter simulator game in Arduino serial monitor
"Nice! This is the reason why I'm finishing up all of my mechanical projects so I could restart my c++ learning to have a head start on arduino IDE and electronic prototyping.  There's so much you can do with improving the mechanics…"
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Quadcopter simulator game in Arduino serial monitor

From Hackaday:Every new generation of computers repeats the techniques used by the earlier generations. [Kim Salmi] created an ASCII-based quadcopter simulation game using an Arduino that displays on the Arduino serial monitor. The modern twist is the controller: an accelerometer supplements the joystick for immersive…See More
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"Have you gone through the setup process in Mission Planner (RC and ESC calibration etc)"
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Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 4:31pm 3 Comments

If you got a chance to see the big 3DR area at NAB in Las Vegas last week, you'll have seen the new cameras and accessories for Solo first-hand (along with the new software features such as sense-and-avoid and smart rewind announced earlier). But here's a quick…

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Quadcopter simulator game in Arduino serial monitor

Posted on April 23, 2016 at 6:37pm 1 Comment

From Hackaday:

Every new generation of computers repeats the techniques used by the earlier generations. [Kim Salmi] created an ASCII-based quadcopter simulation…

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FollowMe submarine drone on Indiegogo

Posted on April 22, 2016 at 1:13pm 3 Comments

The iBubble project looks very interesting -- one of the first subs I've seen designed with a killer app in mind. How do they transmit the diver's position underwater? From a wristband that talks to the sub the way sea animals do, with…

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3D-printed mount for Lidar sensor

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 9:45pm 4 Comments

Scultpteo, the 3D-printing service, has a blog post about how the Jarriquez team designed and…

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Enter the $120,000 Airbus drone delivery challenge

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 7:32am 17 Comments

Run with LocalMotors. Enter here:

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Comment Wall (116 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,
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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