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3D Robotics
Stephen Hawking joins foundation to defend humanity against autonomous robots

Stephen Hawking, who is part machine, wants to stop the rise of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 8, 2013 at 10:10pm — 29 Comments


3D Robotics
Mapping with the Parrot AR.Drones and Autodesk 123D

From Paul Saffo on the Google+ DIY Drones community. (We did the same thing with ArduCopter here):

Parrot and Autodesk123 used to terrain-model a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 8, 2013 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Panasonic’s A100 HD Action Cam

From Gizmodo:

Panasonic claims its new wearable HD camcorder will be perfect for adrenaline junkies and recreation-seekers alike—but can it compete in a market that's already dominated by GoPro, the clear…

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Added by Michael on January 8, 2013 at 8:25pm — 10 Comments

DIYDrones in the press - The California Report (KQED audio)

I've noticed a trend - that many journalists are much more interested when an Editor-in-Chief of a long-respected technology and culture magazine quits his job to play with toys drones.  Also just heard a primer segment hinting at a bigger audio piece to be aired on …

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Added by Jake Bayless on January 8, 2013 at 5:26pm — 1 Comment

Monoprice MHD Action Camera $99.99

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10909&cs_id=1090901&p_id=10159&seq=1&format=2

Capture all the action with the new MHD Action Camera from Monoprice!



The MHD boasts a…

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Added by Paul on January 8, 2013 at 1:58pm — 7 Comments


100KM
FPV Holiday in Namibia

I'm back from a 3 week holiday in Namibia, I took my small Swift II FPV ship with!

What fun, I flew over Walvis Bay's lagoon, game farms, dunes, beaches, chasing quad bikes, kite surfers, fantastic landscapes and mountains.

I decided to compile the best few seconds of all videos into one and posted it. It's long (15 minutes) but there are some…

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Added by Hein du Plessis on January 8, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Open source CANaerospace library for UAV

Good day everyone.

There is open-source library implementing the CANaerospace protocol, targeted for microcontrollers and Linux. It is compact and easy to use in embedded systems with few amount of memory and limited processing power (such as most drone autopilots).

It is released under MIT license, so there is no problem if…

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Added by Pavel Kirienko on January 8, 2013 at 6:00am — 16 Comments

Moose-watching...

Found this on a Norwegian newspaper today!

Added by Bjørn Didriksen on January 8, 2013 at 6:00am — 3 Comments


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Techpod - Delay!.. ugh.

Sorry everyone but I have to announce the shipping date for techpod has been pushed back to march 15th

I received this in an email from my factory contact at world models 

” The production would be completed and ready to ship by early March. It is longer than expected as our factory will be closed for three weeks starting from early February for the Chinese New Year…

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Added by wayne garris on January 8, 2013 at 4:30am — 11 Comments


3D Robotics
Ground-based GPS alternative

Sounds....expensive. From Gizmag:

The US Air Force has awarded Canberra-based firm Locata a “sole source” contract to install a ground-based version of GPS over 2,500 square miles (6,475 sq/km) of the White Sands Missile…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2013 at 8:02pm — 3 Comments

Failure is an option

It's raining robots-

That will be the headline all of us will cringe at, when the Media goes manic over the first commercial drone crashes of any significance. The same way they do anytime something new takes a stumble (or two).

The thought of my craft hitting somebody really haunts my…

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Added by Joshua Ott on January 7, 2013 at 7:30pm — 29 Comments

GoPro Camera Mount on 3DR Tilt Gimbal



I have been wondering about how to mount my GoPro camera to the 3DR Camera Tilt Gimbal and found a solution so simple yet so ingenious (if I may say so myself) that I thought it would be worth sharing.

 

This is my second GoPro camera. The first one broke as it fell off the Gimbal during rough…

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Added by Stefan78 on January 7, 2013 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments


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DIY Drones Google Plus community growing nicely

At Gary Mortimer's suggestion, we last week started a DIY Drones community on Google Plus, which has grown nicely and is now at more than 500 members. If you use Google Plus, you'll find this an easy to way to integrate drone news and discussion into your stream. We'll be posting highlights from DIYD, as well as others on…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2013 at 11:33am — 2 Comments

QUADROTOR CHIPKIT MAX32

The project is to develop a PID controller for a quadrotor, using the fabulous machine max32 board  the Company DIGILENT    with 32-bit resolution, to implement not only linear control strategies such as PID control strategies as well as RREE nonlinear (feedback state space ) and SMC (sliding mode…

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Added by Elkyn Fagua on January 7, 2013 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

My first time off the ground.

I saw another post this morning from someone in NC with a hex, so I figured I'd post a little about my first quadcopter build as I'm in NC too.  I started off building the frame inspired by the 3DR design but made my own arms and legs.  I made taller legs in order to mount an old iPhone 4 I had laying around under it for video recording. 

Here's a couple of pictures from the build and then some video of the first time getting it in the air.  I have had no…

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Added by Jeff L on January 7, 2013 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

USAV - An architectural update + video

Here's an update on the USAV project I started some months back. This post is mostly about the architecture and features of the current version as well as a video of a static test.

The USAV is a UAV with an integration to some of the social networks like twitter and Google talk. It is also an…

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Added by Jesper Andersen on January 7, 2013 at 6:18am — 4 Comments

H-Quad Part 2

Here's where I am so far on the H I started before the holidays. Ended up trimming the arms and drilling out some of the plates to lessen the weight. Will likely add some CF rods as prop protection during the tuning process.

 

Using 10x4.7 props for now, though the motors could handle larger. Testing has it hover at just under 50% throttle, so I think I am in a good place. Not tuned yet - that's next when the rain lets up.

 

The APM is enclosed…

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Added by Scott Berfield on January 6, 2013 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments


3D Robotics
Monster infographic on domestic drones

From Worldofmaps. It's a bit random but fun. Click through for the whole thing, which is about a yard long. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2013 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Homemade Steadycam Hexacopter

This is my project, I have been working on it for a couple of months. Is not ready yet and certainly it's not good looking, need more work but here is a video of some features.

Note this is a Steadycam design based on ECILOP ideas. But with a Multiwii board instead of gyros. Multiwii is fixed to the steadycam…

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Added by Alejandro Martin Pirola on January 6, 2013 at 7:30pm — 13 Comments


3D Robotics
Parrot AR.Drone gets longer battery life, GPS tracking (but not navigation)

I was hoping for GPS navigation, to make it a real drone, but we're going to have to settle for GPS logging for now.

From Mashable:

LAS VEGAS — Parrot's popular AR. Drone quadcopter will be getting…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2013 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

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