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Harvard Robobees

Led by Robert Wood, Harvard University is trying to make Robobees

http://robobees.seas.harvard.edu/home

INSPIRED by the biology of a bee and the insect’s hive behavior ...

we aim to push advances in miniature robotics and the design of compact high-energy power sources; spur innovations in…

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Added by Damian McKay Earl ll on June 30, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Intro to BoxBotix and BBots

Just letting folks know what we have been up to over the last year or so.  Finally getting close to something we can release.  Essentially an all open source hardware modular robotics platform.  The short version is it's a BrainBox that can accept several different modules so it can be configured as a plane/copter/rover/whatever.

  Figured it was about time the community had a modular frame system to match the different flavors of autopilot code.  Still lots to do…

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Added by Coby on June 30, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Woman knocked out by drone at Seattle Pride parade

Something like this was bound to happen with the mass market of drones to people not having safety in mind.

By Stephanie…

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Added by John on June 30, 2015 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

Drones in Environmental Research conference at Liverpool JMU

Liverpool John Moores University are holding their second conference on the use of drones in environmental research on July the 7th and 8th. There are some great pieces of research being presented and it should be a very interesting couple of days.

I'm…

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Added by Mark Williams on June 30, 2015 at 2:00am — 2 Comments


3D Robotics
Hexacopter vs shotgun (court rules in favor of copter!)

A Pixhawk-powered hexacopter had an encounter with an overzealous and somewhat paranoid neighbor. Ars Technica tells the story:

That day, Eric Joe…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2015 at 2:10pm — 8 Comments


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Parrot, Team Blacksheep, Walkera and others join DroneCode!

Exciting news from the DroneCode Project, which today announced six new members, bringing the total to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2015 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

UgCS 2.4 Is Live!

For those who have missed it - the newest version of UgCS - 2.4 is live and available on Windows, Mac and Linux!

UgCS 2.4 makes drones smarter and more agile than before. The most important new features are that it allows import of custom terrain elevation models, 3D building models which make the drone more…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on June 29, 2015 at 12:57am — No Comments

GooMPy: Interactive Google Maps for Python

My students and I like to write MAV applications in Python, and we were disappointed in that Google does not provide an interactive map-visualization API in that language. So we wrote one ourselves, which we call GooMPy.

GooMPy provides a Python…

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Added by Simon D. Levy on June 28, 2015 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Footage of 80 kg payload test multicopter

We succeeded 2015/06/25 with a test flight (craft strapped with 4 ropes) with a 80 kg payload. It only used 8 of the 12 rotors! Next,we want to give you a glimpse on how it will look in future (part with canopy) Hope you enjoy. And for all the critics: you helped us to pursue our targets! And indeed a lot of challenges ahead, range extender, silent props, etc.  Any…

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Added by Winfried Rijssenbeek on June 28, 2015 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Great deal on a 3 axis gimbal with Alexmos controller

Just had to tell all of you about this $59.95 three axis gimbal deal on EBay:

This seemed like a great deal and looks to be identical to DYS Gimbal on Hobbyking which is $200.00.

I got one and quality appears excellent though I haven't tried to use it yet (I will probably get…

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Added by Gary McCray on June 26, 2015 at 4:00pm — 20 Comments

Electric Quadcopter world record 3 hours 43 minutes

https://youtu.be/7rpxcCoycvA

This is an electric Quadcopter powered buy fuel cell technology innovated by The Canadian "Energyor".

It got an amazing power …

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Added by Amit on June 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — 20 Comments


3D Robotics
Precise indoor positioning with ultrawideband

Right now, for precise indoor positioning you typically need an expensive optical motion capture rig like a Vicon. This Kickstarter project promises…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2015 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

MIT: "Disruptive" New manufacturing approach slices lithium-ion battery cost in half

Another Lithium-Ion battery tech story...

An advanced manufacturing approach for lithium-ion batteries, developed by researchers at MIT and at a spinoff company called 24M, promises to significantly slash the cost of the most widely used type of rechargeable batteries while also improving their performance and making them easier to recycle.…

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Added by Felixrising on June 25, 2015 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments


3D Robotics
More News About the Solo Gimbal!

Reposting from the 3DR blog -

Hello from China! Well, I’m writing this from an office in Palo Alto, but the news comes from the team in the factory in Guangzhou.

The gimbal is making good progress, with our production crew…

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Added by Jeevan Kalanithi on June 25, 2015 at 1:55pm — 30 Comments


3D Robotics
Google Street View goes vertical

An unannounced addition to Google Street View suggests that drone imagery could fit in nicely. From the Google Earth Blog:

Google are constantly looking for new places to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2015 at 3:22am — 3 Comments


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First FAA-approved drone delivery trials (Pixhawk-powered!)

Congratulations to Flirtey, whose Pixhawk-powered copter has been approved by the FAA for the first US drone deliver trials. From …

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2015 at 2:41am — 13 Comments


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The DIY Drones Monthly Newsletter

You may have noticed there’s a new section on the DIYD home page — just up the page from this very post, on the right side of your screen. It’s an entry form to subscribe to the new DIY Drones Monthly Newsletter.

The newsletter will celebrate the best and most popular threads and…

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Added by Roger Sollenberger on June 24, 2015 at 11:45am — 4 Comments

The Life of a Drone

I would like to share a simple story with you.

I´m a drone lover and I was missing a shirt that could sum my daily life with my drone, so I did a shirt with my wife that represents the life of a drone. I´m 100 % sure you will understand this. Don´t you?

How do you see yourself in…

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Added by Miguel on June 24, 2015 at 1:00am — 13 Comments


3D Robotics
Tandem Heli flies autonomously with Pixhawk

Uses two Align Trex 800s, back to back, with Pixhawk controlling everything. 

Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2015 at 2:28pm — 18 Comments


3D Robotics
This Week: FAA promises drone laws next year; new world record for longest flight; the “abortion drone”; spread the word—this is a fake video

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Question of the week

The big news this week came out of Congress: The FAA testified that drone regulations “will be in place within a year.” This means that,…

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Added by Roger Sollenberger on June 23, 2015 at 1:55pm — 2 Comments

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