I installed the ReadyMadeRC pan/tilt pod for the Skywalker this evening, and was delighted to find that it's also a perfect fit for ArduPilotMega. The autopilot and GPS fit very neatly right into…Continue
This is very useful for training…
It started out playing with model helicopters over a few Friday night beers.
Now, it's becoming big business, using the ultimate in boys' toys.
Mr Wilmot, Media Mechanics' director, said he first thought about attaching a camera…
One of the trickiest parts of selling electronics kits, as we do, is how to handle customer support and returns. I'd estimate that 90% of the problems that users have with DIY Drones gear is due to user error: soldering mistakes, not following the manual properly, issues with their own PC/Mac, or simply misunderstandings and…Continue
The ArduPirates team, who have taken over development of the 1st Generation ArduCopter code, have been posting amazing videos of the ArduCopter platform doing stunts and otherwise showing remarkable range in this Vimeo channel. …
For me, one of the things that always seems to be missing in many hobbies is a solid wiki. Oh, they try their damnedest to consolidate data from ever larger comment threats and FAQ stickies, but lots of useful advice is only found after a user has been browsing a site for weeks.
A month ago a user requested a DIYDrones wiki, and the admin here welcomed the users to put one together, since Ning proved incapable of doing it. Then I realized - I can do that! …Continue
Another entry to the Willow Garage Robot Operating System (ROS) 3D contest: a nice job of sensor fusion with a Kinect and optical flow sensors on a quad.
The ROS blog writes it up:
Helicoblast over at the ArduPirates RCG thread answered a frequently-asked question on the various ArduPilot code bases with this great graphic. The only small corrections I'd make is that the software the DIY Drones dev…Continue
Ning (the social network platform DIY Drones is built on) is rolling out a bunch of new features, many of which we'll be implementing here. Today's is the "Like" button, which you'll find at the top of posts (the comment count has also moved to the top of the post when it's displayed on the front page). You can click it for…Continue
"Representatives of the GPS industry presented to members of the Federal Communications Commission clear, strong laboratory evidence of interference with the GPS signal by a proposed new broadcaster on January 19 of this year. The teleconference and subsequent written results of the testing apparently did not dissuade FCC…Continue
Alex posts some good news: he's going to be selling his nicely-made multicopter frames for those who want alternatives to the standard ArduCopter frame:
"I'm starting off offering Quad frames and will soon…Continue
So my drone project has been a slow process, I've got my Ardupilot mega, and it's doing everything it should do on the ground, but I'm yet to find an airframe I'm happy to fly it in, and because I like to do everything the hard…Continue