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3D Robotics
New WowWee indoor copter is "autonomous"

At CES WowWee introduced the semi-autonomous micro indoor "Bladestar" copter, which uses IR sensors to stay away from celings, walls and, they claim, people. More, including video, at Gizmodo. Hackable?



WowWee also… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2008 at 8:25am — No Comments


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Blimp UAV project: spec'ing it out

As discussed in the white paper, the aim of the blimp UAV project is to build a prototype for an indoor aerial robotics contest. This will require contestants to design, build and program a blimp that can navigate a course inside a gym-sized space and potentially do… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2008 at 12:03am — No Comments


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Blimp UAV project: The beginning

Aside from building this site, my two big UAV projects are taking the Lego Mindstorms UAV to the next level (it's mindblowing, although I can't talk about it yet!), and building a prototype blimp UAV as a platform for a potential indoor aerial robotics contest.



This particular blog series is going to be about the development of the second of… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2008 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

UAV Electronics Integration

For those of you who have not heard of this project, I am a member of the Missouri University of Science and Technology UAV Team (www.aessuav.org) and we are building a UAV to compete in the 2008 Australian UAV Outback Rescue Challenge. We are currently in the processes of integrating all of our electronics that will go into our UAV (you can find previous blog posts about our progress on our site). I'm not sure if our project would really fit… Continue

Added by Nullified on January 5, 2008 at 9:30pm — 12 Comments


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Reminder: keep your UAVs under four pounds

It looks like UAVs under 4lbs are going to be treated more lightly in the forthcoming FAA UAV regs. "Forthcoming" meaning 2010, of course ;-)


Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2008 at 9:17pm — No Comments


100KM
propeller auto pilot

here is the code i have to date it uses the proto board and the Hitachi H48C Tri-Axis Accelerometer Module.started with code by Paul Hubner . works good but cant get passthrugh to turn of .not much time but should get to fixing it soon.plan on using the Kalman filter object with an imu soon as well

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Added by wayne garris on January 5, 2008 at 2:15pm — 3 Comments


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The DIY Drones Mission (aka The Five Rules)

"Because $10,000 $5,000 $1,000 is too much to pay for an autopilot, especially one that doesn't do exactly what you want."



An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV, colloquially known as a "drone") is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 4, 2008 at 11:00am — 15 Comments


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Basic Stamp autopilot tutorial, part 3

SparkFun has quite a few GPS modules, but I prefer the EM406, because it uses the standard 5v power we're using on the dev board (as opposed to the EM408, which needs 3.3v) and has a handy red LED to show sat acquisition status (the 408 doesn't).



There are two difference between using the Parallax GPS module and a third-party… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 4, 2008 at 11:00am — 8 Comments


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Our new site design--pretty cool, huh?

Just a quick note to call out Carl DeTorres, the Wired designer who did our new header and background graphics. (why didn't I have cool wallpaper like that when I was a kid?) We're still thinking about color choices and site architecture, so if you've got suggestions, please leave them in the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 3, 2008 at 11:50am — 21 Comments


3D Robotics
Amazing new robotic fly from Harvard: fly-sized, really flies!

Harvard professor Robert Wood has demoed a robotic fly, which is the first to be both actually fly-sized and have a higher power/weight density than an real fly. From this good article about the project:



"...how to… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 3, 2008 at 7:42am — No Comments


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DIY Drones Interviews

This is a list of interviews we've had with UAV/autopilot experts here at DIYDrones. Each is a multipart interview:



Curt Olson, FlightGear and UAV simulation


  • Part 1 About Curt and the basics of using an open source flight simulator for UAV…
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Added by Chris Anderson on January 2, 2008 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment


3D Robotics
Free autopilot code for the Propeller chip

If you're interested in Parallax's powerful 8-core Propeller chips, which are a huge step up from the Basic Stamps, here's some good news: a kind soul named Jason Wood has uploaded to the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2008 at 10:00pm — 14 Comments


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DIY Drones UAV projects

Other active UAV projects on DIY Drones.

(Please add a comment if you would like your project featured here.
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BlimpDuino, an Arduino-based autonomous indoor blimp…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2008 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments


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Autopilot code projects, by processor/OS type

The following are links to code, tutorials and discussion on DIY Drones about autopilots for different embedded processors, onboard computers and operating systems. Leave a comment if you have a project that should be added here.





Ardunio Platform…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2008 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment


3D Robotics
Jack Crossfire's UAV heli site and code

If you frequent RCGroups, you'll have encountered the wildly entertaining (and illuminating) near-daily posts of "Jack Crossfire", who's been chronicling his struggles in getting a very ambitious low-cost heli autopilot working. He has a site… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2008 at 1:14pm — No Comments


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Cool video on the Australian UAV contest (including high school contestants)

The folks behind the Australian Outback Challenge, an amateur UAV contest, have just posted a great video from their inaugural competition, held this September. It had two levels. The first, for high-school students, involved one team member controlling a R/C plane while another used onboard telemetry to guide the pilot over a target, on which they were supposed to drop a golf ball. The second, for university and above contestants, required a… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 30, 2007 at 9:19pm — No Comments


3D Robotics
Basic Stamp autopilot tutorial, part 3



[UPDATE: We no longer recommend this GPS module, since it's incomptible with GPS simulators. The module we do recommend, the EM406, is described here.]





Now you've got the hang of connecting components to the development board, you'll be pleased by… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 30, 2007 at 6:00pm — 10 Comments

From paper to UAV in one day.

As usual, I had the urge to design and build a new UAV airframe in one day. I woke up this morning and the gears in my head began turning about a new simple airframe design, so I started like I usually do with a sketch. I then moved on to cutting the basic shape out of a sheet of blu-core foam, making 2 pieces total then glueing them together with some gorilla glue. I also created a elevator and rudder using 1/4 in. foam…

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Added by JONATHAN on December 30, 2007 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments


3D Robotics
Basic Stamp autopilot tutorial, part 2

Okay, now that we have the BASIC Stamp board driving the servos, let's now have it read the R/C receiver signals. This is a simple matter of plugging in two cables from the receiver to the board. I've shown two ways in the photo here: one is with a female-to-female cable,… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 30, 2007 at 11:00am — 9 Comments


3D Robotics
Basic Stamp autopilot tutorial, part 1

Over in the discussion sidebar, Wayne Garris and James Hall have been working through the details of how to build a BASIC Stamp autopilot, which we use in in GeoCrawler3 (formerly 4--sorry for the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 29, 2007 at 11:30pm — 15 Comments

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