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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

APM Planner 2.0.15-rc1 (Beta Release)

APM Planner 2.0.15-rc1 release is available.

When we released 2.0.14, we added a feature to subscribe to beta releases (we've called them 'release candidates' i.e. rc releases)

If you would like to help us test these new releases before we declare them stable (which would be awesome!) You…


Added by Bill Bonney on August 29, 2014 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

SteadiDrone MAVRIK - new medium lift all round workhorse

Hey again all, been a while since I last posted here, been busy with development of our all new medium lift copter, MAVRIK, just wanted to post some details for those who are interested, and as always, any feedback welcome.

We've spent a huge amount of time and testing in developing the MAVRIK and very excited to get it out there, it does not replace the popular SteadiDrone QU4D but is it's new bigger, more grown up brother.

It's mainly aimed at…


Added by Duran - SteadiDrone on August 29, 2014 at 10:30am — 28 Comments

Lidar landing with APM:Plane

Over the last couple of days I have been testing the Lidar based auto-landing code that will be in the upcoming 3.1.1 release of APM:Plane. I'm delighted to say that it has gone very well!

Testing has been done on two planes - one is a Meridian…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on August 29, 2014 at 2:04am — 22 Comments

Brookfield East HS Technology and Engineering Club: WE MADE IT!

In a startling turn of events, The BEHS Technology and Engineering Club Kickstarter (NOT the IndeGoGo) was funded!. In less then 15 Minutes, we went from 286$ to 1036$! YAY! SUCESS!

WOOHOO! (I'm excited)

DIY Drones was our single largest affiliate supporter site! Good for you!…


Added by Tim V on August 28, 2014 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Project Wing: Google Reveals It Has Been Working on Drones for Two Years

Google today revealed it has been working on a top-secret drone delivery program for the last two years. Nick Roy, an MIT roboticist on sabbatical for two years, has been leading the project based in Australia.

Google has developed a tail sitter aircraft, capable of VTOL transitioning to forward flight.…


Added by Dan Murray on August 28, 2014 at 5:17pm — 25 Comments

Hobbyking seems "Serious" now

Hobbyking just came with new large multirotor brushless motors.

 9235-100kv , that spins 30" props on 12S and capable of lifing 11kg each.

And for sure , these are cheap again, 1/3 of Tiger motor 10kg level, U11 motors.…


Added by Tipu on August 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

Sony to begin developing drones with sony commercial sony sensor

Sony to begin developing drones from Biz / Tech Aug. 27, 2014 - Updated 23:26 UTC-4

Officials of Sony say they have…


Added by tazdevil on August 28, 2014 at 7:04am — 12 Comments

Payloader max prototype complete

So, the first payloader max is built - time for testing!

Just got the APM to put back onto the lifter, and away we go.

Payloader max: 5kg capacity via parrallel EPM's, no moving parts to fail, full autonomous integration with arducopter…


Added by Euan Ramsay on August 27, 2014 at 2:22pm — 16 Comments

A new cheap obstacle detector for robotics

There are a few obstacle detectors and rangefinders on the market, but are usually either very expensive or don't work

great outside (I am looking  at you Kinect). We decided to try to make a product that it is cheap and rugged enough to be used outdoors.

Here are some parameters:

  • detectable range: 200 mm to 1500 mm (7 to 60 inches )

    7.5 degrees angular resolution

    2 scans per second

    180 degrees view

    easy readable output data in…

Added by Harry Olar on August 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — 22 Comments

Ground/Air Drone Delivery

With all this talk about Amazon and other less serious drone delivery concepts out there, there has been a large amount of discussion regarding the feasibility of delivering a package via drone for same day delivery or general delivery. While I don't think this is really all that feasible from a logistical or safety point of view, the…


Added by healthyfatboy on August 26, 2014 at 6:17pm — 6 Comments

Bend boy’s drone among those cited as ‘emerging hazard’ for forest firefighters

From the SUAS Feed

BEND — It cost a Bend teenager about $800 in revenue from chores, yard work and birthday gifts to buy a miniature aircraft and a camera he sent aloft to capture video of a forest fire this summer that was threatening…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on August 26, 2014 at 4:00pm — 27 Comments

FAA BVLOS Committee Formed

The FAA has formed a new committee with industry participation for end-users that want to fly Beyond-Visual-line-Of-Sight (BVLOS). RCAPA was included in the list of thirty-one different industry groups to give input to the current FAA…


Added by Patrick Egan on August 26, 2014 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Urban Mapping with a small APM 2.6 controlled quad drone

Above is a video of a presentation we recently gave about the work we did for the World Bank in Albania. It shows that small drones are much more than toys - they have become productive tools for innovative surveyors. 

Added by Walter Volkmann on August 26, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Official UN Policy Brief on Humanitarian UAVs

ICARUS Quadcopter

Cross-posted from iRevolution…


Added by Patrick Meier on August 26, 2014 at 11:29am — 11 Comments

Should We Let the Drone Hype Run Its Course?

The mere mention of “Autonomous Vehicles” conjures up visions of machines able to carry out complex tasks that have taken us a millennium to evolve or tasks we have yet to take on ourselves.  With national discussion (in this case, Unmanned Aerial Systems…

Added by Tim Haynie on August 26, 2014 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Community Drones : A Short (unprofessionally made) Clip

Dear all: Thanks lot for all the insights, time, information and most importantly is the spirit that you all share here in DIY Drones. It is just a quick post as I am still in Borneo and not having too good internet connection. We just want to share a short (unprofessionally made) clip that we (hardly) tried to make. I hope it will give you all some information on how far…


Added by Rai on August 25, 2014 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
A clever design exercise in visualizing drone no-fly zones

From Mitchell Sipus, an urban planner doing doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon (scroll down for more good design examples of displaying drone legal and safety…

Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2014 at 8:24pm — 6 Comments

Get ready to gear up for Reno Air Races!... But wait, there is more!

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Its that time of year Again! The time of year when grown men become antsy and giddy, as we did when we were young children during the holidays. Thats right, it is time to get in gear for Reno Air Races! As a long term spectator of the last remaining…


Added by Justin Martin on August 25, 2014 at 8:05pm — 9 Comments

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