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Sebastian Thrun Online Class: Programming a Robotic Car

Sebastian Thrun, most well know for the Google Car and his recent online AI class at Stanford, is branching out with a new startup focussing on online education.

He will be teaching a free 7-week class "Programming a Robotic Car" starting on February 20.

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Added by Mark Harrison on January 25, 2012 at 4:17pm — 2 Comments


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ArduCopter with the APM v2: Long duration LOITER test (GPS position Hold) with the firmware v2.2 B4xp1

Here a video of a long duration LOITER (GPS position Hold) with my QRO quadcopter piloted by the ArduMega v2 board and the firmware ArduCopter v2.2 B4xp1 (with JLN mod). The flight is very stable and secure.…

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Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on January 25, 2012 at 1:14pm — 10 Comments

Futaba T14 Mz Mode configuration for all 6 modes

Here a quick guide how to set up your Futaba T14
 
I use 2 switches
  1st switch “SE” – 2 position switch
  2nd  switch “SB” 3 position…
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Added by Alex on January 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments


3D Robotics
Drone hacking tonight at Ace Monster Toys hackerspace in Oakland

Please join me and other Bay Area UAV fans for a "drone hacking night" at the Ace Monster Toys hackerspace in Oakland. It will start at 7:00pm at the space at …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2012 at 10:06am — 7 Comments

Wind capable ArduPlane and vector field navigator - demo video

An update on my project (please see my previous two posts).

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhdR2Iesfuw

This is a screencast of APM2 running in HIL mode with the X-plane RC plane in an 8kt wind over a simple course, takeoff, circuit including loiter, land, fully auto (radio not touched). In…

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Added by Justin on January 25, 2012 at 5:30am — 25 Comments


3D Robotics
Warning from the LAPD--do not use UAVs commercially!

Please see this warning from the Los Angeles Police Department, sent to the California Association of Realtors. Discussion on helifreak here.  More background and discussion …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 24, 2012 at 10:00pm — 114 Comments


3D Robotics
Microsoft announces sensor fusion support in Windows 8

Although both iOS and Android devices allow developers to get access to gyro/accel/mag data fusion output, it's not as low-level as developers of autopilots would like. Make Windows 8 will get closer.

From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 24, 2012 at 8:54pm — 9 Comments


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The easiest way to mount APM2 on ArduCopter.

You'll need 4 rubber rings ~1.5-2cm diameter, ( used on prop-savers ) and 4 M3x10mm Spacers.

Just squeeze it through the hole:…

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Added by Max Levine on January 24, 2012 at 8:08pm — 63 Comments

Oppurtunity to have fun while you get PhD

The folks MAVlab team from the Delft University, faculty of aerospace engineering, have been actively involved in the paparazzi community. They have been part of the the paparazzi community since 2006 and have different MAV projects running in the lab. The subjects of thier projects have covered a very wide range: From swarming over autonomous spot landing, Hybrid uav`s (quads with wings), flapping wing (www.DelFly.nl), fixed wing, rotary wing, electronics…

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Added by Anish on January 24, 2012 at 5:26am — No Comments


3D Robotics
Check out this open access robotics journal

It's free and open! Current issue has an interesting paper on sensorless control of DC motors with a Kalman filter. 

The journal covers:

"...international activities that relate to the design (mechanical, control architectures, actorics, sensorics...), experimental results and applications of:

  • Autonomous Robotic Vehicles (aerial, ground, underwater)
  • Wheeled…
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Added by Chris Anderson on January 23, 2012 at 6:41pm — 6 Comments


3D Robotics
3D-printed helicopter blades

A perfect combination of my twin passions, 3D printing and copters! From Hackaday:

If you’re like us, you’ve been infatuated with the small RC helicopter you picked up on Amazon up until the point where it careened off a wall and broke its…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 23, 2012 at 6:35pm — 5 Comments

First Flight of 3D Printed Firefly Mark One Quadcopter Frame

Firefly Mark One Flies in TREX Configuration.  It's like a Space Odyssey!

As you can see above the 3D printed frame project has advanced one more step.  I have fitted the 3D printed hub with 4 cut down TREX 450 (12mm) tail booms.  It's being flow in Stability Mode.  Just a note on cutting the…

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Added by Ellison Chan on January 23, 2012 at 5:28pm — 6 Comments


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River of blood exposed by Dallas Drone

A very simple platform used for this an Exposure, long thread in RCG about them.

That river is blood red on the left!…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on January 23, 2012 at 5:58am — 6 Comments

Detecting and locating lights using an Arduino and an image sensor

I've been experimenting with using an Arduino-powered vision system to detect and locate point light sources in an environment. The hardware setup is an Arduino Duemilanove, a Centeye…

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Added by Geoffrey L. Barrows on January 22, 2012 at 11:00pm — 22 Comments


3D Robotics
Great lecture on the Outback Challenge by APM developer Andrew Tridgell

Andrew Tridgell ("Tridge") is a well-known programmer in the open source world (Samba, etc) and one of the leaders of the APM dev team. His UAV team, CanberraUAV, will be competing in this year's Outback Challenge with an APM-powered Telemaster, and at the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 22, 2012 at 1:04pm — 29 Comments

Our first flight ever

Hello! This is our first UAV video and some clips from our first flights. We never done anything like it and you will enoy the crashes :p Our prodject is to build a UAV with the beagleboard mini computer, wify, 3g, auto pilot. But for now we

will have to learn how to fly RC,

Pictures can be found on our facebook page, just like…

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Added by ITA on January 22, 2012 at 6:00am — 5 Comments


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DJI Wookong Test In The Wind

 

 

 

 

We set out to see how well the DJI Wookong WK-M would hold up in the windy conditions today, the wind at ground level was gusting anywhere…

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Added by Martint BuildYourOwnDrone.co.uk on January 22, 2012 at 3:30am — 7 Comments


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3.3v Power Supply Options - What's recommended?

The items shown above are part of a 5.8GHz video transmitter (#5) setup offered by Range Video.  All items are sold as individual items and like a big dummy I forgot to get Santa Clause order their powersupply (#4) when she placed her order for the transmitter. 

So the luck of the Irish kicks in and Mr. Murphy ordered their last Filtered Linear Power Supply and there's no telling when they…

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Added by Brian on January 22, 2012 at 1:00am — 13 Comments

Autonomous monocopter arrives

That there is the culmination of 30 months of off & on, hard work. The 1st stable hover of the Marcy 1 monocopter, under computer control. The last items were getting the takeoff as stable as possible, getting the altitude as stable as possible, aligning the azimuth as close to the camera angle as possible, & trying many PID values.  Not only…

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Added by Jack Crossfire on January 21, 2012 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Getting the Nova ready for FPV

 

This week I focused on getting the Nova ready for the FPV system I'll be installing, and it flew great!I added a new wing that has a larger wingspan (62in.) and better locations for the ailerons (closer to the wing tips for greater leverage). This added a little more stability, slowed the airplane down a little, and allowed for the additional weight.

 

I also tested the wing loading by using the heavier battery (a 4.4Ah battery that weighs in…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on January 21, 2012 at 6:53am — No Comments

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