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Debugger - Change the Values of Variables on a Running Arduino

In May 2012 a unique serial debugger for Arduino was released in beta and has recently been updated to include the ability to change the values of variables while…


Added by Visual Micro on November 12, 2012 at 6:40am — 17 Comments

FPV video - Elements

Hi guys,

I just wanted to share with you my new video:


It was filmed with my multiwii hexacopter equipped with a GoPro Hero2.

The frame was designed by me.

What do you think?

Added by Jonathan Arad on November 12, 2012 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

Distance measurement with Rigol


Added by Jack Crossfire on November 12, 2012 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Update on Stephen Wolfram's 13-year-old son's Maker Faire quadcopter demo

I mentioned a few weeks ago that Stephen Wolfram (Mathematica genius) and his 13-year-old son Christopher presented after us at Maker Faire NYC this year, and Christopher did a very…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 11, 2012 at 11:04pm — 14 Comments

BFRO Gets UAS Support for Squatchin


Ok, so Big Footing is not exactly "Main Stream", but IMO, this is a great example of how we can enjoy our hobby while helping others explore theirs.  Unfortunately, there's not a lot of details on the drone or UAS Operations but  it's a positive example none the less.  I live in Northern California, and want to take my drones on a BFRO…


Added by Brian on November 11, 2012 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

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Yet another Kickstarter quadcopter drone project

This one is called, er, the "Bad Ass HoverWASP RC Quadcopter". It's created by a team who call themselves "Two Silicon Valley Engineers" but seem to actually live in Reno, Nevada ;-) They want $1050 for the…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 11, 2012 at 9:30pm — 21 Comments

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"Mind-controlled" spherocopter on Kickstarter

Another cool project on Kickstarter. This one is $149 with EEG headband.

Puzzlebox Orbit features a unique spherical design that protects helicopter blades from…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 9, 2012 at 9:30pm — 13 Comments

Windows 8 and how to get your APM2 working on it

This first part only happens to some..... so skip it if it does not apply


My first problem with this started when downloading it. it apparently didn't recognize the .inf driver file so it associated it with notepad and gave it a .txt extension. of course you normally cant see it because know extensions are hidden. anyways,, after you fix that that, how to get it to run? the old tricks dont work, and I want a permanent I read…


Added by Will Snodgrass on November 9, 2012 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Custom laser-cut and etched acrylic APM 2.0 mount

When you're working for a grant to improve K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, a surprising amount of work must go into presenting your work to the public.

How will you let parents, teachers, administrators and the public know how you're helping education? What kind of…


Added by Matthew Schroyer on November 9, 2012 at 11:19am — 4 Comments

Maybe we will no longer need batteires soon ? Scientists unlock nature's hydrogen secrets!

The secret of photosynthesis

Two researchers at the ANU have used computer modelling to discover a natural method of producing cheap and limitless hydrogen. The chemists have identified the molecular process by which plants photosynthesise, that is, use light to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugar.





Added by Paul on November 9, 2012 at 10:30am — 19 Comments

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Raspberry Pi in the Sky!

From Makezine, a good use of a RaspberryPi board to capture and stream video from a balloon:

PublicLaboratory is a fantastic citizen…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 8, 2012 at 4:19pm — 5 Comments

Yet Another Fully 3D Printed Multicopter.

Still in the works, but can't resist putting some pictures up.

Key features are:

  1. Fully 3D printed arms.  Using a truss design, it's very stiff vertically, and resistant to twisting.
  2. Arms are printed in sections, so can be extended to allow for almost any sized…

Added by Ellison Chan on November 8, 2012 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Canada Drones, Year 1

Hi everyone, I am happy to report that Canada Drones store has just completed its first year of business! YEAH!
I must say it was a very nice and fun year.  Lots of things to learn and do but do you know what? 
I would do it again in a…

Added by Dany Thivierge on November 8, 2012 at 1:41pm — 16 Comments

How I got Loiter to work (reflashed firmware)

The solution is a bit of an anti-climax so in short:

I got Loiter to work by re-flashing the firmware.

The longer version:

I built the quad which was a 3DR ArduCopter Quad-B. Everything seemed to work like a charm. It flew like a dream in…


Added by Jon von Weymarn on November 8, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lesson from crash: check your power connections!

Check the video first:

So I'm flying up at 120m. What then happens is every RC pilots nightmare! Power cuts off from the APM!

Quad drops to about 90m before it wakes up again, then I take it down crazyfast but controlled to 20m, then at 20m it dies again and drops like a rock... hits pavement...3 broken props, all landing gear, 2 bent…


Added by Jon von Weymarn on November 8, 2012 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Quadrocopter air racing - Flying Machine Arena team / ETH Zurich

Angela Schoellig and the Flying Machine Arena team at ETH Zurich have developed and implemented algorithms…


Added by IKE on November 8, 2012 at 5:06am — No Comments

MAVProxy - Now Windows Compatible

MAVProxy is a open source minimalist and plugin-based GCS for Mavlink based autopilots (such as the APM). Until recently, it was only able to run on Linux systems. It has since been updated by Tridge and myself to include full compatibility for Windows systems.

MAVProxy can be found at and an installation and user's guide is available at…


Added by Stephen Dade on November 8, 2012 at 3:30am — 7 Comments

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3D Mapping With Your Drone



Making a 3D model of something with pictures isn't something new to most of us, but there have been a lot of people getting into drones recently and I wanted to show something useful you can do with your drone. Autodesk's 123D Catch has a very useful feature not everyone knows about; Once you have your 3D…


Added by Alan Sanchez on November 7, 2012 at 11:30pm — 17 Comments

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iPhone transforms into a drone ;-)

My fantasy realized!

(thanks to Robert Lefebvre for the find)

Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2012 at 6:31pm — 10 Comments

Finally got around to posting pics

Finally got around to taking pics of my two quads.


The first is my original unit. The frame is an X525 from a kit from GoodLuckBuy. The kit came with everything including a KK board, but I built it with the APM instead. I have since replaced the motors, landing gear, and ESCs. Current…


Added by Scott Berfield on November 7, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

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