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3D Robotics
DIY Drones hits the big THREE O! (30,000 members)

Congratulations to OJørgen, who was the 30,000th member of DIY Drones! This is a big milestone for us, so I wanted to celebrate with a prize for the lucky user, a $100 gift certificate at the DIY Drones store.…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 14, 2012 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Let's talk about Inertial Dead Reckoning!

I've been thinking a lot lately about how cool it would be to implement inertial dead reckoning on ArduCopter for a gps-free loiter mode of sorts. I just wanted to get some discussion going from people who have studied this or have tried implementing it, as I know it is difficult.

To begin with, this is a good…


Added by Jamie Ahmed on October 14, 2012 at 8:30am — 28 Comments

FRSKY's CPPM at 27mSec - Firmware update with FT_Prog and FTDI cable

Introducing the Issue and the solution:

We've talked about FRSky's CPPM signal on this other post that compares it with a standard PPM signal. The issue…


Added by Sandro Benigno on October 14, 2012 at 1:00am — 82 Comments

ArduCAM OSD v2.0 - Update your MinimOSD!


Good news!

The beauty of this community is on the collaboration. This new firmware proves it.

I have the pleasure of announcing that "ArduCAM OSD" and "MinimOSD-Extra" teams are now working together to make…


Added by Sandro Benigno on October 13, 2012 at 10:00am — 93 Comments

3D Robotics
Join me and Mark Harrison for a drone demo at East Bay Maker Faire tomorrow

If you're in the Bay Area and looking for a great place to take the kids this week, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a delight. For the second year in a row, we're going to be doing a drones presentation at 11:00am, and Mark Harrison will be doing ArduCopter demos at the front grass area of the school afterwards. Details …


Added by Chris Anderson on October 13, 2012 at 8:37am — 8 Comments

Nodecopter.js and Parrot AR Drone

NodeCopter.js was a full day event where 60 developers got together into 20 teams of 3.

Each team received one Parrot AR Drone 2.0 and spend the day programming (JavaScript) and…


Added by CrashingDutchman on October 13, 2012 at 7:33am — No Comments

APM2.5 on Tricopter


Short video of my Tricopter with APM2.5 setup for FPV.


Added by Ed Kirk on October 12, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

3D Printed Quad Update

I finally had a bit of time to work on my quad project.  I think Im nearly finished with the top and bottom plate and I'm printing out the GoPro tilt mount as I type this.  The project is coming along and I'm excited to put it in the air soon.  Here are some Sketchup pics of my mockup file and the test…


Added by Mike Bristol on October 11, 2012 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

Navigation Lights with digital RGB LEDs together with an APM 2.5

Hello All, 

First I will say, Great job guys (developers).

And now....

I like to show our setup with AdaFruit digital Navigation RGB-Led's:…


Added by Marten on October 11, 2012 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

New Kickstarter - A Tilt-Controlled, Palm-sized Quad with IR gaming

After years of development, I can finally announce the project I've been working on... the NanoQ Copter and Mimix Controller.  It's a tilt-controlled, palm-sized, quad with multi-team aerial gaming.  We've just launched it on Kickstarter, so checkout the video of it flying at!

Now for some specs...

NanoQ Copter Specs

  • Size - 5.25" from motor…

Added by John Condon on October 11, 2012 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Outback Challenge Featured on ABC's 7:30 report

I believe Channel 10 were putting together the "Official Documentary" of the OBC. This report briefly features the OBC at Kingaroy, Quads, FPV, and the usual reckless-hobbyist/privacy/laws-behind-technology rhetoric.

Added by PeteD on October 11, 2012 at 6:15am — 4 Comments

Teensy 3.0

Just a heads-up that Teensy my favorite small form factor Arduino compatible board, just got a solid upgrade with the…


Added by John Arne Birkeland on October 11, 2012 at 2:17am — 15 Comments

3D Robotics
Great piece on the (murky) laws regarding drones and privacy

The brilliant Alexis Madrigal at the Atlantic has a great and historically fascinating piece on the fuzzy legal question regarding drones and privacy. Short form: the laws are…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 11, 2012 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

T-Rex 450 on a 15 Waypoint Mission

APM 2.0   firmware 2.7.3

MediaTek  and barometer  no sonar

As promised last time, here is another successful mission with a T-Rex 450.

The day looked very good for flying, but as we arrived on the flying field the wind picked…


Added by Manfred Dickgiesser on October 10, 2012 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

OpenBee Modules Ready!!!

Hi Guys,

Today OpenBee boards arrived from PCB factory and i just tested them and working fine :)

It is including Arduino 16Mhz ProMini bootloader and you can upload the code directly over Arduino with USB to Xbee Adapters. No need an external FTDI board or something.…


Added by Melih Karakelle on October 10, 2012 at 7:22am — 13 Comments

senseFly eBee

We have seen blog posts about the Swinglet Cam from senseFly here and now the guys from senseFly have a new product, the eBee.

From the site

The eBee is lightweight enough to be launched by hand. It is fully autonomous during its entire flight. When it comes to landing, the eBee can either land in a circular clearing or, when…


Added by CrashingDutchman on October 10, 2012 at 6:23am — 19 Comments

CanberraUAV Outback Challenge 2012 debrief

We're now settling back into life at home after some exciting times in Queensland, so its time to write up what happened. This will be a fairly detailed report, not just because some people may be interested, but also as a way to remind ourselves of what went right and what went wrong for our next trip to Kingaroy.…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on October 9, 2012 at 11:55pm — 34 Comments

3D Robotics
Coordinating a robot plane, boat and sub to monitor coral

Another great post from Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum:

This heterogeneous robotic team consists of a…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 9, 2012 at 9:50pm — 3 Comments

3D Robotics
Our Drones presentation at Maker Faire NYC

Sameer Parkekh from FlyingRobotsNYC and Falkor Systems and I gave a main stage talk at Maker Faire NYC two weekends ago, and the video is now live. It starts with 10 minutes of overview on how I got started with drones and then Sameer does a cool…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 9, 2012 at 8:29pm — 3 Comments

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