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3D Robotics
Using voice to command a drone by translating any GPS location to three unique words

An Australian IT services company combined an Amazon Alexa and a service called "what3words" that translates GPS addresses into three unique words to create a MAVLink-compatible drone that can be commanded entirely by voice. The video can't be embedded, so see it …

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2017 at 7:27am — No Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - Microdrones md4-200

We have reached the ninth week in of our autopilot precision series in which we test the different drones and autopilots by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS mission planning software.



This week we put the Microdrones md4-200 to the test by running it through our…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on May 25, 2017 at 7:15am — No Comments

How to preflash Tattu blheli_s ESC

 

TATTU BLHeli_S 30A Esc is NEW ARRIVAL designed for superior performance in FPV Racing.

Suppot regular 1-2ms pulse width input, as well as Oneshot125(125-250us),Oneshot42 (41.7-83.3us) , Multshot(5-25us),Dshot150,Dshot 300 and even Dshot600and…

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Added by Flora Lai on May 24, 2017 at 11:03pm — No Comments


3D Robotics
Lovely story about a poor kid in rural China who sells exquisite models of Chinese planes for almost no profit

These aren't drones per se, but I can help but post this story by Owen Churchill in Sixthtone, which exemplifies the DIY spirit. 

CHONGQING, Southwest China —…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 24, 2017 at 7:22am — 5 Comments

Skywalker X8 Catapult Launch &Parachute Landing

At present, we use the following configuration that suitable to doing outdoor work. We start to sell the whole set now.



Take off:…

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Added by Ellen Zhu on May 24, 2017 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Police Drone Camera Zoom Lens 18X 4K

Improving upon the series of drone camera zoom lenses by Walkera for Police use, the all-new 18X 4K increases the speed, performance and optical quality while…

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Added by noeL on May 23, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments


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3D Printed Halbach array Motor. 600W, over 80% efficiency!

Not satisfied with the specs of off-the-shelf brushless DC motors? Looking to up the difficulty…

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Added by Alexandre Mainardi (Nuvem UAV) on May 23, 2017 at 6:39am — 9 Comments

Groundhog Autonomous UAV - Going faster with sunglasses

The Groundhog is being developed to line-follow at low altitude and higher speeds.  This video is of the field testing taking the speed up to 1.75 m/s.  It also explains why the Groundhog now sports sunglasses.

The Track

An oval of 50mm red…

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Added by Mike Isted on May 22, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

New Emlid Raspbian for Raspberry Pi and Navio+/Navio2

Hovering Navio2-powered hexa to keep you reading

We’ve recently released a …

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Added by Emlid on May 19, 2017 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments


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No more $5 FAA fee, John Taylor wins his case.

Should you be in America and come across this man you should probably buy him a beer. He fought the FAA and won. Their mucking about with 336 was not viewed well by the courts,…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on May 19, 2017 at 11:19am — 11 Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - Lockheed Martin Indago

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This is the eighth part of our autopilot precision series in which we test the different drones and autopilots by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS mission planning software.



This week it’s finally time to put the Lockheed Martin Indago professional drone to…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on May 18, 2017 at 11:37pm — 1 Comment

Pneumatic catapult launcher for 40+ kg drones

I know some people have been keeping an eye on our progress. Now we would like to announce something new. Pneumatic catapult launcher for drones 40+ kg. Its been something new to us and took some time, but we are super happy with what we achieved. Now our PD-1 UAS has even more cool features. :) 

Added by Jacob Cereteli on May 18, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments


3D Robotics
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 –…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 18, 2017 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Are Drones Safe? Here's 5 Things to Think About

There is no question that we are living in the midst of a drone revolution. Consumers around the world are being captivated by the prospect of controlling these high-tech flying machines, and questions about their safety are beginning to emerge. An early 2017…

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Added by Rachael Murphey on May 18, 2017 at 10:49am — 5 Comments

Aeromapper Talon surveys a whole island in a single flight

Takeoff from a nearby island, survey another one, then come back and land autonomously... No problem!

 

On December of 2016 Aeromao Inc. in collaboration with Foresight Surveyors completed a full photogrammetric survey mission with an Aeromapper Talon over one of the most…

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Added by Mauricio on May 17, 2017 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Intel Edison and Drone: 5 Cool Things You Should Do

Companion computers have enabled development of powerful applications on drones. One such companion computer is Intel Edison. Its small and compact size makes it a perfect device for powering all your custom drone…

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Added by Prasad Tambekar on May 17, 2017 at 2:28am — 1 Comment

OpenAi created a robotics system, trained entirely in simulation, which can learn a new task after seeing it done once



Robots that Learn

We’ve created a robotics system, trained entirely in simulation and deployed on a physical robot, which can learn a new task after seeing it done once.…

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Added by Greg Dronsky on May 16, 2017 at 9:50pm — No Comments

TECHBOY TB-802-First Budget Motion Controlling RC Quadcopter

TECHBOY may be a new RC quadcopter brand for some users. It is normal we can see new brand frequently. It is good news for users to enjoy different kinds of brands, design, and more competitive price. Techboy is no exception. It has released a TECHBOY TB-802 RC Quadcopter with very novel design, especially its motion controller, different from other common…

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Added by torben on May 16, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

PCB Rapid Prototype

                                      

One thing to note about PCB Prototyping is that it is different from PCB Manufacturing. PCB Prototyping is characterized by changes, while PCB Manufacturing involves mass production of the same design. Before you commission your PCB design for mass production, it is best for you to pass it through PCB Rapid Prototyping.

For your rapid prototyping to be successful, you need to be equipped with the right tools. This is because PCB…

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Added by Howie Liu on May 16, 2017 at 6:16pm — 1 Comment

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