Here's a clip from the Korean Broadcasting System's "World Today" program on the state of civilian dronism in the USA. 3DRobotics, EastBay RC, and the Roswell Flight Crew make appearances. Protesters, law enforcement officers and lawyers weigh in with their opinions (bad, good, profitable, respectively).
It may be informative if you know…Continue
Eric Cheng has some nice photos and notes of the first SF Drones meeting. The theme was FPV. Robert Seidel gave a presentation on what he's been doing with real time video stabilization and object tracking,…Continue
From another group (populated mainly by photographers interested in aerial photography), here's a link to B & H Photo, selling a GoPro and Phantom in one package.
B & H is one of the largest resellers of photo and video equipment in the US, so it's quite a…Continue
Here's some notes on fiddling with MAVLink. Andreas and I started at the bottom of the stack (the byte stream) and are working our way up. Along the way I filled in a few possible holes in the documentation.…Continue
Here's a relatively good summary of the privacy issues raised in the recent Alameda County (Oakland, CA) public protection committee meeting where the issue of a drone purchase was discussed.
For a long time, drones - unmanned aircraft - were used only by the military. Now local law enforcement wants them for police work such as surveillance…
Added by Mark Harrison on April 4, 2013 at 4:20pm — No Comments
Earlier this year there was some discussion of the AllwaysInnovating Mecam. Here's some more details, which make the unit very interesting.
The MeCam is based on the Always Innovating Cortex-A9 SoC Module which can run from 1.0GHz to 1.5GHz depending on the configuration. It's the world smallest module available on the market that offers GHz…
I just received a note from Lee Felsenstein that he will be speaking today as detailed below. (note: Pacific time). For those not familar, Lee was a member of the Homebrew Computer Club and designer of the Osborne I and many other ground-breaking products.
It should be an interesting talk.
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Interesting legislative activity in the Lone Star State:
A drone, no bigger than a toy airplane, hovered…
Gene Robinson's work with RP Search Services has been covered here before, but there's a nice news story with write-up here. Gene emphasizes the positive use of "unmanned aircraft" (as he prefers to call them), and how he hopes that flight permission will be easier to come…Continue
If you feel you want to take it up a …Continue
Forwarded to me by a friend... no other details. If you know anything about this, follow up in the comments.…Continue
Sean brought an updated Aerotestra Hugo by. Improvements include:
Sean Headrick of aerotestra.com brought over the latest revision of his thin-shell Hugo quad. He claimed it was fine to fly in the rain, which was convenient because it was raining like crazy! I took some photos and videos of this interesting unit. He gave me a body, which I'll assemble…Continue
Chris Anderson just left his post as Editor in Chief of Wiredmagazine to focus on his cutting edge UAV manufacturing company, 3D Robotics. Chris will be speaking about his role in leading the development of low cost UAVs using the extraordinary advances in smartphone based sensor, imaging, wireless…Continue
Added by Mark Harrison on December 6, 2012 at 5:52pm — No Comments
When I first got started with RC, one of my main learning resources was the excellent weekly podcast "All Things That Fly." Two years ago they had some guy on with the crazy idea that the planes could fly themselves, and had a website that talked about open source hardware and software that could make such a thing happen called diydrones.com.
This week Chris reprises his appearance, talking…Continue
"Measuring Distance and Speed with a thumbtack-sized Radar Sensor
The SUCCESS consortium has developed and implemented a fully integrated 122 GHz Radar sensor. The surface-mountable package has a size of 8 mm x 8 mm. It includes a mixed-signal Silicon Germanium (SiGe) chip and two antennas for transmitting and receiving. The prototype is a breakthrough towards a…Continue
Andreas and I will be at the Drone Olympics this Saturday. We received our loaner ar.drone and started fiddling with it. Chris of course is judging, but is anybody else going to be there? We can wear the diydrones colors to identify ourselves!
I've started some notes here. There's some good information for getting node.js, ardrone, etc libraries set…Continue