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From Hackaday: A history of drones

Out of respect for a great job, a verbatim history on drones from Hackaday:

In the early 1930s, Reginald Denny, an English actor living in Los Angeles, stumbled upon a young boy flying a rubber band-powered airplane. After attempting to help the boy by adjusting the rubber and control surfaces, the plane spun into the ground. Denny promised he…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 26, 2016 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Space Invaders with drones

The seat-on-rails alone looks super fun…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 25, 2016 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Demo of Pozyx non-GPS (ultrawideband) positioning system

I was one of the backers of the Pozyx ultrawideband positioning system Kickstarter campaign, and after a pretty bumpy start (although they shipped the product, the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 22, 2016 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Lego kit makes DIY drones easier for kids

What's interesting about the new Flybrix kit ($149) is that it has an original Arduino-based flight controller. Pretty hard core code (Kalman filters and such) so that might be a little gnarly for younger kids, but…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 22, 2016 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

Delft VTOL project uses helicopter-style main rotor for effeciency

From NewAtlas:

We have seen a few different takes on Vertical TakeOff and Landing (VTOL) drones over the last few years. The idea behind such approaches is to harness the typically longer range and greater payload capacity of fixed-wing…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 20, 2016 at 11:30am — 31 Comments

Wirelessly powered quadcopter

There have been a lot of quadcopters that get power wirelessly with lasers, but this is the first one I've seen at small scale that uses radio. From Hackaday:

[Sam M] wrote in with a …

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 17, 2016 at 2:41pm — 3 Comments

Training autonomous cars with Grand Theft Auto

This is super cool -- training with scaleable simulations is the future of robotic AI.  From Hackaday:

For all the complexity involved in driving, it becomes second nature to respond to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 16, 2016 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Lidar Lite back with V3 after Garmin aquisition

[Updated with more info] Glad to see that the Pulsed Light team, which joined Garmin earlier this year, are back with a new version of the Lidar Light range finder. Not many details yet, but it's…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 15, 2016 at 9:30am — 18 Comments

OSRF (ROS) gets Toyota funding, creates for-profit arm

The Open Source Robotics Foundation (a member of Dronecode) is getting investment from Toyota Research to expand the development of both open source and proprietary applications of ROS. From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 15, 2016 at 8:52am — 4 Comments

Parrot releases Ubuntu-powered SLAM development board

From Canonical:

Parrot collaborates with Canonical to launch the Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk, a new development kit for…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 7, 2016 at 10:11pm — 15 Comments

Using a Pixhawk-powered drone to drop bugs that kill other bugs

From Aerobugs, an interesting use of a Pixhawk-powered hex to drop "preferential insects" on crops:

The brainchild of Nathan Roy,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 7, 2016 at 5:10pm — 4 Comments

3DR Site Scan now comes integrated with amazing Sony R10C

When we announced earlier this year that we were going to be working with Sony to bring out the R10C, which has the best sensor in the industry, we also said we were going to do more than just strap a great camera on a Solo. And we did: we've created a custom gimbal and API interface with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 3, 2016 at 5:30pm — 84 Comments

First glimpse of GoPro Karma

From the Verge:

GoPro might have accidentally given us a sneak peak of its Karma drone. The company …

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 3, 2016 at 12:47pm — 19 Comments

Solo Android app update: rewind, pano, zipline and more

When we released a bunch of new smart shots for Solo on iOS in June, we promised that they would be coming to Android, too. I'm pleased to report that the new Android app is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 1, 2016 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

PrecisionHawk gets first FAA waiver to fly beyond visual line of sight using LATAS system

From PrecisionHawk's post on its milestone FAA approval to fly beyond visual line of sight, in which they describe their interesting LATAS system:

To further mitigate risk, PrecisionHawk uses an airspace display…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2016 at 9:07am — 14 Comments

PX4 flying fully autonomous delta quad VTOL

The PX4 Pro flight control stack offers fully autonomous control of VTOL airframes including delta quads and planes, tail sitters and tilt rotors. Special thanks go to Droneslab for the airframe and UAVenture for the ongoing software development collaboration.

Added by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2016 at 11:35am — 7 Comments

PX4 running on Parrot Bebop

Support for the Parrot Bebop has been added by the ETH team so it can be used more in research and testing. More details here

Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2016 at 10:25pm — 6 Comments

DIY Drones at 80,000 members! Reflections on the evolution of DIY robotics and the next big things

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's a 80,000! 

There has been a huge amount of change in the drone market since this started as a hobby scratchpad for me back in 2007. We helped…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2016 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

We've come a long way: US Department of Interior selects 3DR Solos, which got their start right here

Nine years and 80,000 members ago, we started with this

That first Lego Mindstorms autopilot was feeble, sure, but it was also…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 23, 2016 at 9:55pm — 20 Comments

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