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New Commercial Quad-Copter Available





TiaLinx has announced the launch of the Phoenix50-H. The quad coaxial mini-copter system is capable of performing multiple functions such as detecting movement or breathing of a hiding person in a compound from a sloped roof. The mini-copter can be remotely controlled at extended standoff distances of more than multiples of 100 feet from ground or an airborne asset to keep the operators out of harm's way.



The lightweight and agile mini-copter with… Continue

Added by Lew Payne on May 17, 2011 at 8:46am — 3 Comments

  Back in 1979, there was Newton... the land drone and faithful companion!  Invented by Steve Hodges, a serial entrepeneur here in Boise, Idaho (where I live).  Steve just recently sold M2M, an irrig…

 

Back in 1979, there was Newton... the land drone and faithful companion!  Invented by Steve Hodges, a serial entrepeneur here in Boise, Idaho (where I live).  Steve just recently sold…

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Added by Lew Payne on January 27, 2011 at 9:06am — 6 Comments

STMicro Cortex-M4 Samples Coming Out!



STMicro has done it again... this time readying their ARM Cortex-M4 MCU (with hardware floating-point, DSP instructions and compatibility with Cortex-M3) for production in early 2011. In addition, they're also expanding into the F-2 series, which features an adaptive real-time memory accelerator to achieve a performance of 150 Dhrystone MIPS when executing code from flash at 120MHz (the maximum possible for the Cortex… Continue

Added by Lew Payne on November 30, 2010 at 4:28pm — 3 Comments

STM32 Now Features 512KB Flash

The venerable STM32 line of processors, featuring the ARM CORTEX-M3 core, have now been extended to include up to 512KB of flash memory on-board! That's a huge bonus for those Nav/AutoPilot projects that want to feature a lot of code!








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Added by Lew Payne on November 24, 2010 at 11:30am — 12 Comments

Micro-DV Camcorder on Sale


This weekend only, the Veho MUVI Micro-DV camcorder is on sale at J&R... $40 off!!

Most of the review for it are five-stars, also !

Added by Lew Payne on June 11, 2010 at 4:04pm — 6 Comments

Drone Fish (AUV fish) Lead Real Fish to Safety

Robot fish take over schools, lead real fish to safety…
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Added by Lew Payne on June 8, 2010 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

Self-Stabilizing Servo

Speaking of servos (the topic of my prior post), the GS-1 gyro server self-stabilizes (in one axis only)...







I'm curious... has anyone used a pair of these to construct a self-stabilizing pan/tilt gimbal for their aerial shots (plane or copter)? It would certainly make for less parts and wiring, being that servos will still be required to do the job (so why not cram the gyro in the servo… Continue

Added by Lew Payne on May 6, 2010 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Servo Conversion - I2C Control





In various groups and blogs I peruse on here, there's been talk about I2C control of servos (as opposed to standard PWM). This certainly solves several problems, as it allows one I/O port (I2C) to service over a hundred servos with ease. With some built-in intelligence, the servo itself can… Continue

Added by Lew Payne on May 6, 2010 at 12:30pm — 15 Comments

STMicro IMU Development Platform

I'm partial to the STM32 (ARM CORTEX-M3 based uController) line of uControllers, not only for their hardware mul/div instructions, but also for their ability to have the ADC converter continually scanning and pushing to memory its conversion results from a series of analog devices.



Now, it looks like STMicro has a gamer development board, complete with five ST sensors – a 2-axis roll-and-pitch… Continue

Added by Lew Payne on May 2, 2010 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

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