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3D Robotics
"Distributed Flight Array"

Another great post from Robohub. Excerpt:

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” — a catch phrase that aptly expresses the …


Added by Chris Anderson on June 12, 2013 at 9:49pm — 8 Comments

Flying IFR-FPV

I flew my Arducopter IFR-FPV Sunday!

It was pretty cool once I landed safely back at the takeoff point.

For various reasons which I won't go into, my video camera view became unusable 2 or 3  minutes into the FPV flight in my rural neighborhood, and I found that I had no idea where I…


Added by Richard Evans on June 12, 2013 at 7:25pm — 4 Comments

RK-1 | a wifi Arduino mobile robot for iOS & Android devices


RK-1 is a wifi enabled mobile robot that you control using your iOS or Android tablet or phone that makes your Arduino projects mobile.

I love…


Added by Evangelos Georgiou on June 12, 2013 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Thirty Days (#27): Summer Interns

From left: John, Alex, Sam

Our Berkeley office summer interns started work yesterday. Not a bad way to spend the summer!

Added by Joshua Ott on June 12, 2013 at 11:00am — 13 Comments

DroidPlanner Follow Me with APM2.5 3DR Radio kit and Samsung Galaxy 7.7 Tab

A very Successful test of the DroidPlanner Android App, connected through a 3DR Radio Kit and the 3DR APM2.5

Before taking off, I ensured that there is a proper connection between the APM and the Tablet and that both devices's GPS is locked. Then I take the drone up and put it in Loiter mode.

Follow Mode must be activated in the Settings of the…


Added by weelian soh on June 12, 2013 at 9:50am — 19 Comments

Many steps in between, but finally I present the "More-or-Less Hexa"


So having started with a Turnigy micro quad and finding that I crash an awful lot and spent more time fixing it than flying, I started building my own frames. Starting with an oversized overweight H-quad (pine wood booms). I simply didn't fly. Really my inexperience of building lightweight flying machines there.

So I rebuilt into a x-quad and drilled the arms out to save some weight. Now I was flying again and I must say, it was pretty good. More robust than…


Added by Aran Fitzgerald on June 12, 2013 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

Misadventures in power electronics

If you have a story, rant or suggestion about limitations of power products (power supplies, ESC, etc) on your UAV, post it in the comments below.  I am specifically interested in feedback or thoughts on shortcomings in the power products that we at 3DR make, so we can incorporate that feedback in the…


Added by Jeff Wurzbach on June 11, 2013 at 7:00pm — 56 Comments

Today we sent the #1 VR 3 axis Gimbal dev kit at first developer :) We are ready ! Now the preorder is open !

The VR Gimbal DEV Board #1 is going in germany :)

Ludwig Färber will be the developer that will receive the first VR 3 axis Gimbal is this is our donation for his great work on :

What there…


Added by Roberto Navoni on June 11, 2013 at 2:35pm — 12 Comments

3D Robotics
APM-powered Conservation Drones at TED Global

The coverage of drones at TED Global continues over at Robohub with this great post from the Conservation Drones…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 11, 2013 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

Tinkering with Neopixel LED-strips

During my LED-googling, I also ran across the Neopixel light strips. Those are strips made of WS2812 LEDs - RGB LEDs with integrated 2811 controller. Thanks to Adafruit there also is a control library, which makes it reasonably easy to control those things with an Arduino.

Here is an idea of integrated navigation and anti-collision lights for a quad:…


Added by Stefan Gofferje on June 11, 2013 at 11:18am — 7 Comments

RTF Hexacopter from Event 38 - Aphex

I’m happy to announce the release of our first multirotor drone at Event 38, the Aphex aerial photography platform. This hexacopter is based on the 3DR Hexa frame. It comes ready to fly with a 2-axis stabilizing camera mount for taking aerial photographs. We modified the camera mount so it can now take images…


Added by Jeff Taylor on June 11, 2013 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

Control high power LEDs (1W, 3W) from the APM 2.5 LED output

I was looking for a way to make the ARM and GPS LED signals more visible for quite a while. Ideally, I thought, I could drive high-power LEDs somehow from that outputs. A short question in the comments of my blog post with the LED poles didn't yield any results except the reflex-like pointing to the jDrones JDIO board.

Well, I do have a JDIO board and it's not usable for that…


Added by Stefan Gofferje on June 11, 2013 at 9:00am — 23 Comments

A view behind the scenes at TED Global, quadrotor “athletes” demo

Raffaello D’Andrea, and the ETH Flying Machine Arena will perform a demo on TED Global. Take a look at the preparation behind the scenes…


Added by IKE on June 11, 2013 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

The Case for WiFi in Drones

In full disclosure I work at a company that builds WiFi Access Points, routers etc for enterprises and I just put a hotspot on a drone for fun


Added by Adam Conway on June 11, 2013 at 9:00am — 51 Comments

Flying Hamburger? Right ...


So an insufferably "upscale" fishmonger/burger joint in the UK has posted a video on YouTube claiming to show a tray of food being flown to a customer's table on the back of a quad. The quad appears to be a Parrot (or close to one) and it seems that these folks have discovered some secret to carrying massive weight that…


Added by Oliver on June 11, 2013 at 7:30am — 13 Comments

First Autonomous Flight Results on PX4 / Waypoints

Just some very early results, but here we go with our first autonomous onboard video. This is the PX4 native stack flying a stock Bormatec Camflyer Q (estimation and…


Added by PX4 on June 10, 2013 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

Thirty Days (#26): Two Y6 copters in carry-on

Joe was able to fit two of the new folding Y6 birds plus RC transmitters in his carry on bag. TSA did ask a few questions, but let them…


Added by Joshua Ott on June 10, 2013 at 9:30am — 20 Comments

Virtual Sparkfun AVC Fly Around

After watching a spectacular showing by the DIY community at the Sparkfun AVC 2013 we let a Falcon take to the air.  We took a few photos and put together this quick fly around using 123DCatch of the AVC layout.  Enjoy, Chris



Added by Falcon UAV on June 9, 2013 at 10:26pm — 6 Comments

Flying the Phantom indoors...

I just finished my first actual useful flight trying to do something productive with my DJI Phantom. Very impressed with how it works, although I've done a fair number of modifications to it. Everything you see in the video was shot with a GoPro Hero 3 Black, 1080p30. All the flying was done in ATTI mode, except the exterior shot which was in GPS most. Wind was at…


Added by Mark on June 9, 2013 at 10:20pm — 4 Comments

APM 2.6 + GPS with compass

Is it something new or I missed the announcement?

Added by Szilard on June 9, 2013 at 10:06pm — 179 Comments

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