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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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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition course preview
"With the way the weather has been in Colorado this year, you might want to make sure that your Rover is waterproof. Regards, TCIII AVD"
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James commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Real-time data analysis tool for PX4
"@Alexandru: this tool (like most PX4 Project stuff) isn't under a GPL license, and to be part of QGC it would have to be."
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Alexandru Evian commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Real-time data analysis tool for PX4
"Looks nice, but seems like it does not work properly with Ardupilot logs. Also, I really don't understand why it is not a part of QGC, "without overcomplicating a GCS" sound like a weird reason for me. Overcomplication may as well be…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google creates its own laws of robotics
"Hi JB, I actually think about this quite a lot. Alive is actually, from a human standpoint a very anthropocentric concept at best as it is now. Whenever you hear scientists talk about life, they are invariably ascribing it to some sort of…"
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Chris Anderson replied to XJZeng's discussion An assembled kit for learning to code for control theory? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Yes, it's all open source and all here. This is all in the menus at the top of the site. "
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Chris Anderson replied to Virgil's discussion Extracting telemetry log
"I'm confused. You first said you couldn't get the tlog, and now you say you can get the tlog but it's got too much data?"
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Chris Anderson replied to Virgil's discussion Extracting telemetry log
"Are you connected to Pixhawk vis MAVlink?"
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JB commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google creates its own laws of robotics
"Lol Gary I believe the question you raise is what is the definition of "alive". AI, despite its advancement has yet to display distinct traits of consciousness, beyond the erratic glitch in man made code. Our children are similar products…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google creates its own laws of robotics
"@Hugues, Entertainment or even potentially useful subsystems, perhaps. Seems like carbon based systems could also be a useful resource. Just because we view everything according to how we can exploit it doesn't necessarily mean everybody /…"
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Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition course preview

All you ArduRover fans out there, this is your chance to once again show your skills at AVC. It's September 17 this year. Here's the new Sparkfun announcement post:This year, SparkFun’s Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC) will incorporate a few new twists. Along with our classic autonomous race course and Combat Bots, this year will feature the …See More
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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google creates its own laws of robotics
"@Gary, why would "they" want to improve us ? Would seem way more complicated than just improving themselves."
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zhangpengsir commented on Chris Anderson's blog post SwiftNav Piksi RTK (high accuracy) GPS now supported by Pixhawk/APM
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zhangpengsir commented on Chris Anderson's blog post SwiftNav Piksi RTK (high accuracy) GPS now supported by Pixhawk/APM
"My own hands DIY open source Differential GPS Piksi RTK GPS, in the realization of all the basic conditions after setup and test, began to try with Pixhawk used in strict accordance with the Piksi official website…"
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Chris Anderson commented on MAGnet Systems's blog post Pharos Antenna is Live on Kickstarter
"MAGnet: I've heard from a few people that the lack of audio on your Kickstarter video undermines their confidence in the project. Is that intentional? If so, would you considered doing a voiceover to explain what's going on in that video?"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google creates its own laws of robotics
"@Hugues, I didn't say "we"."
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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google creates its own laws of robotics
"@Gary, once we start medling with our DNA, all bets are off."
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google creates its own laws of robotics
"Actually Hugues, I am hoping CRISPR gives them a way to make us more useful to them and to ourselves. The future is going to be interesting. Best regards, Gary"
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Nikola Rabchevsky commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google creates its own laws of robotics
"Feh.  By Google proclaiming this just means that when they start offering development tools they can decide to prevent you from building anything you want.  In a way, it's taking the App Store to the next level.  "The royal…"
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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google creates its own laws of robotics
"Well said Gary. Stephen Hawking already warned "humans" about implementing artificial intelligence that would supersede human being's in the end. It is the story of Darwinian's evolution : "species" that adapt…"
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Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Google creates its own laws of robotics
"My sincerest hope is that in the end the robots decide we should be treated decently. As for rules that we apply to them - wishful thinking! As for that last one, assuming the robot(s) are connected to the internet and can interact with it, why…"
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Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition course preview

Posted on June 27, 2016 at 11:55am 2 Comments

All you ArduRover fans out there, this is your chance to once again show your skills at AVC. It's September 17 this year. Here's the new Sparkfun announcement post:

This year, SparkFun’s …

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Google creates its own laws of robotics

Posted on June 25, 2016 at 4:35pm 10 Comments

From Fast Company:

In his famous Robot series of stories and novels, Isaac Asimov created the fictional Laws of Robotics, which read:

  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to…
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Real-time data analysis tool for PX4

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 1:55am 7 Comments

MAVGAnalysis is a new tool from the PX4 team to give real-time data analytics without overcomplicating a GCS. From the repository:

This JavaFx based tool enables PX4 Users to record and analyse data published via UDP during flight or…

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AP-Manager switches between two Pixhawks for safety, redunancy

Posted on June 21, 2016 at 6:53pm 18 Comments

AP-Manager is a board available now that allows switching between two Pixhawks or APM autopilots:…

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Comment Wall (117 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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