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3D Robotics
WiFi Xbees announced!

This is cool! Now to think about what we might do with it.

Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) today introduced the XBee® Wi-Fi, an embedded module that enables industry leading low power, serial-to-Wi-Fi networking in the popular XBee form factor.  Because of the XBee’s common footprint and application programming interface (API), customers can now create a…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2011 at 8:00pm — 17 Comments

Arducopter Beta 2.0.38



Please note that the initialization of Gyros was requested to move to the Arming function. This had the unintended consequence of making the Ground Station report erroneous attitude until the unit is armed at least once. This is changed already in the next version 2.0.39 which is still in development.…


Added by Jason Short on July 30, 2011 at 2:30pm — 138 Comments

Successful Flights of the MTP after Improvements


This week I made improvements to the MTP2 and took it for some general flight maneuvers to get a better feel for its abilities, its turning into quite the platform! Don't forget, my end goal is to FPV and then drone this airplane to fly across the United States.

It's flight path was much more stable and direct, the control inputs were not as sensitive, and overall performance was improved.

I made the following improvements this…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on July 30, 2011 at 5:17am — 1 Comment

Vtail Octocopter


Have had this flying as a prototype for a while using open pilots copter control, now using APM.

She weighs 3.8 kg, with a bit over 10 kg thrust

Control is done with 5 motor channels , the front motors are operated as one, and control pitch, the left and right middles motors are controlled as left and right pairs, so that two more channels, and control roll, and finally the rear motors are operated individually (channels 4 and 5) for pitch and yaw…


Added by Mathew Wellington on July 30, 2011 at 12:00am — 18 Comments

OHM = Oklahoma + (Hacker + Maker) * Space

A new home for hackers and makers in Oklahoma City.


The space has been cleaned and the walls have been painted. Soon the doors will open on a new makers space. OHM Space is an Oklahoma nonprofit corporation that seeks to create a safe, entertaining space in Oklahoma City where everyone can learn, create and…


Added by Mark Grennan on July 29, 2011 at 2:43pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Great speech from Intel guy about why they need to pay attention to Makers (and us)

Jim St Leger from Intel's embeded group in Arizona gave a speech to the Intel staff about why the Maker movement is so important and why it's so unfortunate that Intel isn't participating. DIY Drones gets a nice…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Work underway on autonomous airship to wander the skies, generating its own fuel

This is a 1/10th scale model of what is eventually intended to be a 90m autonomous airship that can generate its own hydrogen (for buoyancy and fuel) from rainwater. It's mostly an art project now, but the vision is inspiring. Arduino-powered, of course. That reminds me that we have to design Blimpduino 2 later this…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Ardupilot-powered WASP drone sniffs open Wifi networks from the air

Forbes reports on the latest from this team, who uses the original Ardupilot as an autopilot:



Added by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2011 at 8:19am — 11 Comments

Creating an I2C sonar for Arducopter

I've created an I2C digital signal sonar module to avoid the noise problems I have been having with the current analog signal sonar module.


Seeing all the problems we are having with noisy sonar data got me thinking

Where does the noise come from? Is it:

  • RF noise…

Added by agmatthews on July 28, 2011 at 11:30pm — 40 Comments

Ultimate camera stabilization system


Added by Ante Vukorepa on July 28, 2011 at 5:25pm — 6 Comments

UAVs and 3D printing - A match made in heaven?

Have just seen the following article on The Register:


Ok, so it is a touch pricey (£5000), but not so long ago, 3D printing was silly expensive. Then came RepRap and the others.


More information from New Scientist:…


Added by James on July 28, 2011 at 7:44am — 7 Comments

RC Super Hero Interview with MyGeekShow


So I know this isn't exactly "DIY Drone-ish" as far subject matter, but I thought the interview was pretty interesting as Greg's approch to designing and testing new concepts and his RC Super Hero were so unique that it deserved to be shared. 


Greg runs the YouTube channel "BornTaFly" and sells his models and PDF plans through…


Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on July 28, 2011 at 6:45am — No Comments

Project Andromeda - New airframe and autopilot

Over the last few months we have been testing our new hardware, launcher, airframe and autopilot.  As the newest member of the team I've been taking responsibility for producing some new videos - the acquisition of a GoPro HD has resulted in some amazing footage.  Such great video from such a small device!


This video shows a short flight of our…


Added by Shaw Innes on July 27, 2011 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Ultra Lightweight UAV


A short video of a very small UAV plane flying in an autonomous mode.   Looks similar to some perching UAVs that I stumbled across a while back.



Added by GBASK on July 27, 2011 at 11:54am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Adding acrobatic scripting to APM

For the next version of APM (the fixed-wing codebase), we're thinking about adding an acrobatic scripting language, so you can program your UAV to do awesome robotic stunts. APM already suppports inverted flight, and adding other…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 27, 2011 at 7:58am — 54 Comments

3D Robotics
ScoutUAV: an APM-powered quadcopter with a GREAT buildlog

Hack-a-day has a good write-up of ScoutUAV, a custom-built quadcopter using the APM hardware and ArduPirates code. It really is a terrific site and introduction to building an APM-powered quad:


DIY-er [Russell] wanted a quadcopter, and like many people out there, he knew the satisfaction that would…


Added by Chris Anderson on July 27, 2011 at 7:38am — 4 Comments

POWERFULL Little Y6 (90 degree arms) with 3000 mAh LIPO !!!


Today i 've tried my little Y6 (90 degree arm) with an 3000 maH Lipo !! here is the result !! really Powerfull !!

I attach the battery at the front of the Y6 ! the stability seems to be really nice like that. The centre of gravity is close to the front and it may be help ??

I have more than 15 mn flight… Continue

Added by patrice.rance on July 27, 2011 at 6:35am — 14 Comments


I just discovered a nice online service where you can share your circuit design. Eagle and Kicad files are accepted. From the Website:


CircuitBee provides a platform for you to share live versions of your circuit schematics on your websites, blogs or forums.

Features include full zooming capability, panning, and even mouse over tips about symbols in the schematic.

It sure beats a blurry screenshot or a giant PDF!

Sign-up and get your circuit…


Added by Simon Wunderlin on July 27, 2011 at 12:03am — 1 Comment

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