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UAVs with artificial muscles

From IEEE Spectrum:

Until recently, a defining characteristic of robots has been their rigid mechanical nature. Most of them are made up of hard structural…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 22, 2014 at 11:20pm — 4 Comments

Foam-printing ArduCopter on display at the Science Museum in London

From the Guardian: "Currently on display at the Science Museum, London, is a 3D-printing drone created by Dr Mirko Kovac from Imperial College London…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 19, 2014 at 9:36pm — No Comments

APM powers copter+rover volcano monitoring research

Congrats to Randy Mackay and the APM:Copter team, whose collaboration with Tohoku University was discussed in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 14, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Introducing the Dronecode Foundation

I’m thrilled to announce our partnership with the Linux Foundation to create the new Dronecode Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings together the leading open source UAV software projects under the professional…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 13, 2014 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Insurance company petitions FAA to use drones

From Fast Company:

One of America’s largest insurance companies has an unorthodox proposal: using unmanned aircraft to speed up insurance claim…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 12, 2014 at 10:08pm — 1 Comment

"I want to buy...a drone" now fourth most popular Google autocomplete term for that phrase

Google now gives "a drone" as the fourth most popular answer to the search term "I want to buy..."! Data from the New York…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 5, 2014 at 9:32pm — 2 Comments

Drones on cover of New York magazine

Another datapoint on the mainstreaming of drones: a long cover story in New York Magazine. Cool inside art, too (see below). Here's a sample of the piece:

Drones are a different kind of new technology from what we’re used to. The communications breakthroughs of the past two decades have multiplied the connections within society, but drones offer…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 5, 2014 at 9:24pm — 1 Comment

Google Science Fair winner models drone obstacle evasion on fruit flies

He's 14 years old. The mind boggles.

From IEEE Spectrum:

Mihir Garimella, from Pittsburgh, (video above) figured out a way to make flying robots evade collisions…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 2, 2014 at 9:46pm — 6 Comments

Small UAV Coalition (3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot, GoPro) now live

I'm delighted to announce that the Small UAV Coalition, an industry group led by 3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot and Airware, is now up and running. You can visit the website …

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 1, 2014 at 11:30pm — 12 Comments

Commercial Drone Regulations: Canada vs the US

From Robohub:

When Canadians attempt to characterize aspects of Canadian culture, it’s not uncommon to draw comparisons with the US. I recently…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2014 at 10:42pm — 11 Comments

"Spaxels" light painting with swarming drones

This came out late last year, but I missed it at the time. "Spaxels" are space+pixels, with coordinated multicopters. You can read more about them from Ars Electronica here.

Added by Chris Anderson on September 28, 2014 at 4:20pm — 6 Comments

ArduIMU V4 on Kickstarter

Seven Five years after this community created the ArduIMU V2 (and later V3) project, it's back with a much improved version on…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 27, 2014 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

Great post on agricultural drone mapping

The UAVGuy has a terrific post on his experience with mapping vineyards with a 3DR Y6. The whole post is worth reading, including setting up cameras and gimbals for mapping, but here's an excerpt on the data…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 27, 2014 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

A wearable quadcopter

Via Intel's "Make it Wearable" contest, meet Nixie, a quadcopter that you wear like a bracelet. At the press of a button, it unfolds, captures your dronie and returns, to be strapped to your wrist again

Added by Chris Anderson on September 26, 2014 at 10:18pm — 10 Comments

CanberraUAV daily reports from the Outback Challenge

For those following the Outback Challenge UAV competition, check out the CanberraUAV site, which is doing a good job of daily reports. This is the home team of APM:Plane lead developer Andrew "Tridge" Tridgell, the legendary gentleman on the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 24, 2014 at 10:27am — 19 Comments

Facebook lays out its Internet-connected drone strategy

From Wired:

If companies like Facebook and Google have their way, everyone in the world will have access to the internet within the next few decades. But while these tech giants seem to have all the money,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 24, 2014 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

Humanoid robot learns to fly a flight simulator!

This is both adorable and really cool. From IEEE Spectrum:

As much trouble as humanoid robots are to build and control, we keep on trying to make it work because it's easiest to operate in a human environment if you can…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 18, 2014 at 3:34pm — 4 Comments

How 3DR tests camera gimbals

With our partners AES. This is a great way to really quantify performance!

Added by Chris Anderson on September 17, 2014 at 9:09pm — 21 Comments

Disaster aid drone project wins $10,000 award

Congrats to APM:Plane user Charles Devaney, who just shared the Drone Social Innovation Award! From Robohub:

The first winners of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 15, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

LA Times: Drones set to transform agriculture

Congrats to Ryan Kunde of DRNK Wines, whose agricultural research with drones made the LA Times this weekend. He's using 3DR Y6s and Aeros:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2014 at 8:28pm — 1 Comment

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