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3D Robotics
Gesture control of an AR.Drone

From Kottke:

One of the most intriguing demos I've seen, if the footage in the video is to be believed, is the Myo gesture control armband.

It's an eye-popping demo. The copy on the site reads "unleash your inner…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

Showing APM telemetry data on Hitec Aurora’s screen (3rd edition)

This is the third iteration of my Ardupilot Mega to Hitec telemetry adapter. Adapter no longer requires modifications to APM itself, but instead connects to telemetry port of APM and it has a pass through connector for telemetry transmitter. I made PCB this time using SMD parts for smaller size:…


Added by Janne Mäntyharju on February 28, 2013 at 11:51am — 35 Comments

3D Robotics
UAV navigates by bouncing off walls and floors

From IEEE Spectrum:

A lot of UAV research is…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 10:33am — 5 Comments

What are some bullet points for DRONE interview.

I am a member of the DC drone user group (200 strong). We are having a fly in this saturday and I will be interviewed by a media person concerning the use of drones. I don't want to mess this up as this is a politically volatile time for drones enthusiasts.  

What talking/bullet points would you include? What are the things that I will kick myself for not including after the interview is done?

• Benefits of drones

• potential good uses…


Added by Scott Avey on February 28, 2013 at 9:39am — 16 Comments

3D Robotics
Sparkfun AVC location announced, plus new DroneCon!

On Sparkfun's Google Plus page, they've announced the new location of the annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition, which will be held on Saturday, June 8th in Boulder, Colorado. This year, in addition to cars and planes,…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 8:50am — 11 Comments

PID Diagram for HefnyCopter - II Firmware

HefnyCopter2 implements full PID terms that is P, I & D. It uses the following approach.

My vision is to keep math as simple as possible and use superposition to accumulate different behaviors together based on my…


Added by MHefny on February 28, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Life - like a roll of toilet paper, like long, and goes to all ....

Uff...All dirty jobs are done. Trial fit, nearly 9 meters.

Now - clean, sand, spackle, prepear for…


Added by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on February 28, 2013 at 8:02am — 12 Comments

Please welcome a newborn: VirtualRobotix Italia !!!

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Good evening to all,

today is an historic day for us, after 3 years from the birth of the community we finally founded the company VirtualRobotix Italia s.c.a.r.l. formed as a spin off of MpxLab Scarl a private research organization based at Kilometro Rosso of Bergamo (Italy).

Here is a photo of…


Added by Roberto Navoni on February 28, 2013 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Quad X FPV Frame for APM 2.0/2.5 board

A new quad X FPV frame for APM 2.0/2.5 board.…


Added by Ralph Wu on February 28, 2013 at 7:16am — 2 Comments

My 1st Quad

I'm attempting my 1st quad build. I've been reading up on this for a very long time now and have finally jumped in. Cash is not always readily available, so I get my components small batches at time. Time is also quite an issue, so build small parts when and where I can.

Here is a parts…


Added by Marcel Norman on February 28, 2013 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

What does a modular design do?

a modular design makes HeX adaptable from a quadcopter to a hexacopter even to a triple-rotor copter as the following picture shows

And also, we hope the modular design makes it friendlier to users because the complexity of putting a drone together is being brought down…


Added by Hex Air Robot on February 28, 2013 at 2:24am — 5 Comments

PX4 Coming soon to us all

The PX4 is here and soon it will have a fully supported version of ArduCopter:

From what I have been able to glean, Chris and Company are now in the process of revising this controller for better use by our group including an enclosure.

I Do not know for sure if they are planning on modifying the…


Added by Gary McCray on February 27, 2013 at 9:43pm — 150 Comments

Techpod Build Video 1

Here's the first in the series of build videos that I am going to be doing on the techpod. 
i'm gonna wait for the camera to charge then it's time to get building the wing!

Added by Nick Weber on February 27, 2013 at 3:03pm — No Comments

VR Brain at the "Palais de la découverte"

Hi everybody,

The project "ArdUFO : un drone au service de tous" was selected during the December holidays for being presented at the "Palais de la découverte" at Paris, on February 9th 2013, as part of the "Olympiades de Physique France" contest.

The UAV was created thanks to Roberto Navoni and his…


Added by Roberto Navoni on February 27, 2013 at 2:42pm — 1 Comment

Open-Source Cars

Something has been running through my head and I want to see what other people think. Am I the only one crazy enough to really want an open-source automobile? My background is in automotive, and I can see ardu-based (or something similar) hardware and software being easily integrated to cars. I just saw a Wired article on 3-D printing a car, and it got my brain spinning even more. Any…


Added by Jacob Thomas on February 27, 2013 at 12:41pm — 22 Comments

APM, Robot Operating System (ROS) and the Kinect

Hi all - I just wanted to talk about a project I've been working on for school lately.  I am interfacing ROS with the APM and a Kinect Sensor (over MAVLink) to provide target tracking and attitude settings to the APM.  Here is a video of this working:

The wiki and all code for this project can be found here:  …


Added by David Gitz on February 27, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Probably the best GCS PC out there.

Starting at $999 for the Core i5-equipped, 64GB variant, the Razer Edge isn't cheap, but Razer doesn't seem to have skimped on quality. There's an Nvidia GPU inside it, beefing up the graphics, the base spec features 4GB of RAM (maxing out at 8GB on the Edge Pro), and though the screen resolution is only 1366 x…


Added by Max Levine on February 27, 2013 at 2:47am — 12 Comments

AR Drone 2.0 teardown

For all the talk of the drone revolution, there remanes but 1 vehicle which…

Added by Jack Crossfire on February 26, 2013 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

My vibes experience and conclusions

I prepared a Word document to insert or paste here, but I cannot figure out how to do it without losing images and formatting.  I will attempt to attach it as a Word file.  Wish me luck...…


Added by emile 'butch' alline on February 26, 2013 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Fantastic Maxbotics tutorial on using sonor sensors with multicopters

XL-MaxSonar-EZ use on a Multi-Copter

Thanks to Tom Bonar from Maxbotics for passing on this new post on how the best use their sonar sensors with mutlicopters. 


Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2013 at 3:21pm — 12 Comments

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