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ETH drone shows real-time 3D scanning and coordination with a ground rover

David Scaramuzza from ETH writes: "In this video, we show our autonomous quadrotor acting as a flying 3D scanner. At the end of the video, the quadrotor guides a ground robot to grasp an object."

Added by Chris Anderson on September 1, 2014 at 7:01am — 1 Comment

MIT algorithim allows delivery drones to monitor their health in real time

From Gizmag:

The prospect of delivery drones brings with it a few notable issues. Beyond…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2014 at 8:17pm — No Comments

Parrot Bebop drone with head-tracking Oculus Rift

From the Parrot blog:

oculus-bebop Few weeks ago, we were talking about this german developer who created a software to …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2014 at 7:57pm — 3 Comments

New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones

This new Kickstarter project looks awesome. I've backed it, and will experiment with it for autonomous blimps (as well as copters):…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:55pm — 11 Comments

Disney patents copter-controlled puppets

From IEEE Spectrum:

Disney has a research lab in Zurich, right next door to ETH Zurich. In the past, we've seen a lot of collaborations between…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:43pm — 3 Comments

Robo-birds to scare away real ones

From Wired:





Birds are nice enough, unless you work at places like airports, farms, and landfills, in which case they’re the sworn enemy. Today, there are a variety of tools and technologies for spooking unwanted birds—we’ve…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:41pm — 2 Comments

A clever design exercise in visualizing drone no-fly zones

From Mitchell Sipus, an urban planner doing doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon (scroll down for more good design examples of displaying drone legal and safety…
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Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2014 at 8:24pm — 5 Comments

Drones in The November Man, new Pierce Brosnan film

From Mashable. Watch the video …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2014 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Coordinated docking of copter and rover

The two robots communicate their positions, converge to a common docking location and the dock successfully, both indoors and out.

From …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 18, 2014 at 7:48pm — No Comments

3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition

We've been working on this for a while, but I'm delighted the news is finally out. From USA Today:

Amazon recently banded together with several makers of small unmanned aerial vehicles…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 17, 2014 at 7:08am — 12 Comments

OpenExplorer, a new way to tell mission stories with multimedia

Our friends at OpenROV have launched OpenExplorer, which is a site that combines maps, photos, videos and text to tell the story of mission in a fantastic timeline-based way. It mashes up …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 14, 2014 at 6:58pm — 1 Comment

What UAVs can learn from manned aircraft

Here's a very interesting article on Medium from a Marc Ausman, a pilot, on what the lessons in FAA regulation of manned aircraft suggest about the right path for unmanned ones.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 11, 2014 at 1:31pm — 19 Comments

Amazing new post-processing video stabilization technique from Microsoft Research

It doesn't just do image processing, but actually computes the trajectory of the camera in post and calculates a shake-free video from that. Really impressive work from Microsoft Research, which they call "Hyperlapse" (because it is a combination of time lapse and hyperpath…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 10, 2014 at 9:51pm — 10 Comments

Peter Diamandis on the future of drones

Peter Diamandis, the co-founder of the X-Prize organization, Singularity University and a bunch of other impressive projects, has a newsletter on future trends. His most recent is on drones, and it's well worth…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 10, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Biomechanical simulations of bats, insects

Yutaca Sawai does awesome mechanical simulations of flying animals. Someday this will be useful for drones.

Here's another one:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 9, 2014 at 9:09pm — 2 Comments

LA Times: "Drone maps show views of the world, disaster areas, no-fly zones"

We've covered most of these already here (and our Droneshare uses the MapBox No-fly Zone data), but good to see mainstream press picking up on the potential of collaborative drone mapping projects.  Here's the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 9, 2014 at 3:53pm — 3 Comments

Drone with rotating WiFi antenna can create airborne hotspot

From Gizmag:

Researchers from the University of North Texas (UNT) have demonstrated an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of supplying Wi-Fi to disaster-struck areas with a range of up to 5 km (3.1…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 7, 2014 at 9:33pm — 18 Comments

Pixhawk-based VTOL aircraft code now available

Bart Theys from the awesome vertiKUL team at University of Leuven that has been posted on here and …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 7, 2014 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Cool Pixhawk-based VTOL aircraft

Excellent project from the University of Leuven, using Pixhawk in a VTOL design:

Meet VertiKUL, a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 5, 2014 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

Gorgeous Pixhawk-based "Journalist" copter

Here's Journalist, a lovely new folding camera copter from Germany (use Google Translate for English, or see the English one-pagerhere). Pixhawk or APM-based. The build quality looks outstanding (it's probably not cheap, however) and the form factor seems perfect for this kind of camera. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 4, 2014 at 2:30pm — 18 Comments

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