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An Algorithm That Decodes the Surface of the Earth

...Study published last week in the Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, that describes an algorithm that can classify land cover types with minimal nudging from humans.

The problem, from a computational standpoint, is that…

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Added by Greg Dronsky on September 19, 2014 at 2:29am — No Comments

Simple set up for Turnigy 9XR (or similar) 6 position mode switching - No Hardware/Flashing Required

Until recently my main TX was a Turnigy 9X and I (like many others) was using a hacked in 6 position POT switch to select modes on my various aircraft. Unfortunately the 9X has died so has been replaced by a shiny new 9XR. Rather then hack apart the 9XR (too pretty) I wanted to experiment with using the…

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Added by Ben Dellar on September 18, 2014 at 7:40pm — 1 Comment


3D Robotics
Humanoid robot learns to fly a flight simulator!

This is both adorable and really cool. From IEEE Spectrum:

As much trouble as humanoid robots are to build and control, we keep on trying to make it work because it's easiest to operate in a human environment if you can…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 18, 2014 at 3:34pm — 2 Comments

Less than two weeks remaining to get this high-visibility vest for drone ops

Many of us recreational, semi-pro, and pro RPAS operators here on DIYDrones.com are fortunate enough to have had great dialogue with the public, sometimes even taking time off from our normal schedules or responsibilities to show others the wonders of robotic flight. Still, we are all to familiar with those few stories where the public has become confrontational with civilian and commercial…

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Added by Matthew Schroyer on September 18, 2014 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Google Glass, civilian drones, and space for reflection

A friend outside of DIYD passed on a link to a thought-provoking post by Michael Sacasas. His observations are around people and Google Glass. However as I read…

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Added by John Githens on September 18, 2014 at 12:14pm — 1 Comment

An Autopilot in the clouds - part 3

This article is part three in a series, describing some of the inner workings of an autopilot system - even though the description is specific for this particular system, a lot of principles are generic and can be used to describe a variety of auto…

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Added by Jesper Andersen on September 18, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments


3D Robotics
How 3DR tests camera gimbals

With our partners AES. This is a great way to really quantify performance!

Added by Chris Anderson on September 17, 2014 at 9:09pm — 18 Comments

Screamy: A durable lost UAV alarm

Hello pilots!

I'd like to introduce you all to Screamy, our lost aircraft alarm. We launched a kickstarter campaign today to get this special product into your hands: http://kck.st/1wDiV5y

Put this on your valued multirotor or model aircraft and make sure you never lose it!

Thanks!

Kelly…

Added by Kelly Miller on September 17, 2014 at 10:30am — 29 Comments


100KM
What a simple orthomosaic and DEM can do

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3odtsy6l_KE

Using Orthomosaic and Digital Elevation Model to create 3 D model is nothing new. But normally it will require lots of computing power and knowledge. Skyline's TerraBuilder and TerraExplorer make it easy for the average people to make 3D video from an orthomosaic…

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Added by keeyen pang on September 17, 2014 at 2:00am — 14 Comments

ArduCopter RSSI voltage modification

i am flying a long range quadcopter with APM 2.6 external compass etc..my question is how can i modify RSSI voltage reading of the APM since my RX at maximum signal is 1.5volts..? and in full parameters list it seems to have only 3.3V and 5.0V ..

It ll needs to have buffer…

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Added by Babis HatziIoannou on September 17, 2014 at 12:30am — 10 Comments

ABDIAS testing video

We tested ABDIAS before and while a concert. 

The goal was to test altitude autopilot (with a lot of people below and draft air) and autonomy, but also wireless control (using xbee modules) from my laptop.

  • Autopilot worked well,…
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Added by Henri Bernard on September 17, 2014 at 12:13am — No Comments

How drones and UAVs are already affecting construction jobstites

While liberating them from school, summer vacation also presents children with a challenge: finding something to do all day. For Richard Evans, that was never the case.

On most of those balmy summer days growing up on Merrit Island, Florida, Evans and his older brother found their way to the private airport a half-mile…

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Added by Scott Penrose on September 16, 2014 at 4:18pm — 2 Comments

ABDIAS : Autonomous Blimp Drone for Indoor Air Services

I present you ABDIAS, an indoor blimp drone project.

ABDIAS came from the need to create an indoor drone, able to move autonomously,…

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Added by Henri Bernard on September 16, 2014 at 5:32am — 4 Comments

Automated touchdown navigation without GPS

http://youtu.be/SoS2VBvRCAQ

We are developing a technology for automated landing navigation without GPS or better to say with higher accuracy than standard GPS signal. I think, there can be a lot of various utilisations of such technology in dyidrones world. After a year of development, when we tried many different…

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Added by Juraj Kolesar on September 16, 2014 at 5:00am — 11 Comments

Lego-copter

So today me and some other students were sitting in the workshop with nothing to do- bad weather canceled our routine flight. Seeing all the Lego mindstorm pieces sitting around, we decided to do something fun:…

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Added by Georgie xu on September 16, 2014 at 4:30am — 10 Comments

AirbotServices fixed wing - wing extensions testing

AirbotServices fixed wing is based on the well known XUAV Talon EPO frame. This plane has a standard wingspan of 1720mm . Although its wings are quite wide (total wing surface is 60 dm2 -…

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Added by Hugues on September 16, 2014 at 12:30am — 17 Comments


3D Robotics
Disaster aid drone project wins $10,000 award

Congrats to APM:Plane user Charles Devaney, who just shared the Drone Social Innovation Award! From Robohub:

The first winners of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 15, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Reno Air Races - Drone Zone

This past week I was luckily involved with the first ever Drone Zone/UAV Challenge that was part of the annual National Championship Air Races in Reno Nevada. The contestants where flying quads and hexacopters raging from micro to around 700mm in size. There were three events. Weight lifting, obstacle…

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Added by Rob Dunbar on September 15, 2014 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

Payloader max has its first public demo

Good news!

Got the "Payloader Max" out for a public demo at the weekend, and it worked well! This is it dropping a 2.5kg load in a Swisspost box. Unfortunately, the full ramp up to a 5kg load run was halted when...

Bad news!

The…

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Added by Euan Ramsay on September 15, 2014 at 10:30am — 32 Comments

Our sincere thannks to UgCS Beta testers

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all who have registered and downloaded our software for Beta testing!

This month we have more than 550 guys who have downloaded our Beta version of software.

Majority of you are from DIYDrones community!

Thank you and keep…

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Added by Janis Kuze on September 15, 2014 at 5:41am — No Comments

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