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SteadiDrone MAVRIK - Video

We've spent a long time developing the MAVRIK to be the most affordable high quality medium lift drone available today, or tomorrow. With an all new fully adjustable rail supported front mounted brushless gimbal that will fly hundreds of different cameras with the ability to point straight up, to our well known 'Rapid Deploy' folding air frame design, a new airframe hatch that allows…


Added by Duran - SteadiDrone on September 2, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Droneshare Update

We have been working hard to get Droneshare out of beta, and are pleased to share that we are almost ready to call it V1. We are wrapping up a few things including mission discovery, filtered searches, and making flight uploads easier.

Interesting milestones since our last update:

  • Over 15,000 flights uploaded (a combination of public and private flights)
  • Upload support is now built into…

Added by Ramon Roche on September 2, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Need to Know - Export Controls

As outlined in this early post by Hai Tran, it has been…


Added by Quadzimodo on September 1, 2014 at 9:00pm — 11 Comments

Micro Aerial Vehicle GPS denied navigation

Davide Scaramuzza and pals in the Robotics and Perception Group at University of Zurich have devised a new method called  Semi-Direct Monocular Visual Odometry for autonomous gps denied micro areal vehicle navigation. Using only …


Added by Austin H on September 1, 2014 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

UgCS 2.0 Teaser video

Hello the DIYDrones community!

Thank you very much for your interest in our software. Since last news about support of DJI Phantom 2 our ranks of Beta testers have exploded!

Here we would like to present to you teaser of upcoming version of UgCS 2.0.

To those who have stumbled upon us for the first time we support not just DJI, but…


Added by Janis Kuze on September 1, 2014 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
ETH drone shows real-time 3D scanning and coordination with a ground rover

David Scaramuzza from ETH writes: "In this video, we show our autonomous quadrotor acting as a flying 3D scanner. At the end of the video, the quadrotor guides a ground robot to grasp an object."

Added by Chris Anderson on September 1, 2014 at 7:01am — 3 Comments

DIY Drones at 57,000 members!


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on September 1, 2014 at 5:50am — No Comments

Vulture 2 spaceplane flies into X-Plane, tops £18k on Kickstarter

It's a big round of applause today for Billy Bargaliotti, who's wrapped our Vulture 2 spaceplane X-Plane models just as we've topped £18,000 on our Kickstarter…


Added by Lester Haines on September 1, 2014 at 3:41am — 8 Comments

Quarry wall 3D Photomesh

Hi guys, Here is my latest experiment using my QR X350 Pro, SJ4000 and Autodesk ReCap to create a 3D photomesh of a nearby quarry wall. For more info on the mission visit my blog

Added by WallyJas on August 31, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
MIT algorithim allows delivery drones to monitor their health in real time

From Gizmag:

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


Added by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2014 at 8:17pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Parrot Bebop drone with head-tracking Oculus Rift

From the Parrot blog:

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


Added by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2014 at 7:57pm — 3 Comments

PyQuadSim: A Multi-platform, open-source quadrotor simulator in Python

PyQuadSim is a Python program that allows you to fly a simulated quadrotor miniature aerial vehicle (MAV) from a variety of controllers (joystick, R/C transmitter, PS3 controller).

You can modify the source code to add new sensors and other features, as well as…


Added by Simon D. Levy on August 31, 2014 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Please Don’t Be the One to Get Drones Banned

Published on August 27, 2014 by Adam Griffith

Photography drones are facing a perilous atmosphere of distrust and legal chaos. In these circumstances, even small mistakes can have big consequences. A…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on August 31, 2014 at 1:00pm — 18 Comments

New quadcopter frame - custom design

I finalized a new layout of my drone design. It now includes a top and bottom plate, a canopy to protect the autopilot and a platform for a GPS (if needed). It also includes legs to be attached to the current 3DR arms.

In detail, the bottom plate includes 3M hole pinouts for the old and new arducopter power…


Added by koen.hufkens on August 30, 2014 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Trent@MyGeekShow is alive!

Trent has just posted an update video explaining his recent absence from the online scene, identifying the fact that his shop is now back online and hinting at things come from MyGeekShow over the coming weeks.

Clearly he has been through the ringer these last few months, but appears to have returned fully charged (pun intended), and raring to get back into…


Added by Quadzimodo on August 30, 2014 at 2:47pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones

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


Added by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:55pm — 11 Comments

3D Robotics
Disney patents copter-controlled puppets

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:43pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Robo-birds to scare away real ones

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:41pm — 2 Comments

"Superman" flight mode - intuitive interface design - (Thalmic Update - Ali's Video)

So the hunt continues, seems that the Universe heard my need for a demonstration video. It does the trick. 

As I get deeper into how to accomplish all the parts needed for this new flight mode idea I have focused on the controls,…


Added by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig" on August 29, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments

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