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Flying Robot International Film Festival

From the great Eddie Codel, one of the first and best drone videographers, comes this!

The Flying Robot international Film Festival or FRiFF, is an open competitive film festival focused on aerial cinema created…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2015 at 4:04pm — 1 Comment

3DR Aero used to test delivery of blood samples

From Gizmag:

We’ve already heard about drones being used to deliver pharmaceuticals to patients in remote locations, but scientists from…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 8:34pm — 3 Comments

Facebook releases photos of internet-access drone

From the Verge:

Facebook's shallow V-shaped plane has the wingspan of a Boeing 737. But even fully loaded down with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 1:05pm — 9 Comments

Pixhawk-powered solar plane sets new endurance record: 81 hours!

Congrats to the ETH Autonomous Systems Lab for this milestone with a Pixhawk-powered fixed wing drone. Next stop: crossing the Atlantic! From the team:

Two weeks after having demonstrated …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2015 at 7:10am — 27 Comments

Automatically spotting endangered chimpanzee nests by drone

Congrats to our friends at Conservation Drones, whose collaboration with International Union for Conservation for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Liverpool John Moores University on using computer vision to spot chimpanzee nests from the air (using APM-powered drones) has now been published in the …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 25, 2015 at 7:07pm — 2 Comments

APM-based swarm reaches 30 simultaneous aircraft in the air

Congrats to Timothy Chung, Michael Day and Michael Clements at the Naval Postgraduate School, whose work on APM-based swarming has now reached 30 aircraft in the air. News …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2015 at 2:28pm — 10 Comments

Methane detection from drones

From a press release:

Within the natural gas industry, gas leak detection is one of the crucial tasks in order to operate safely and economically. The high demand for an easy and cost-efficient method to address this issue led Pergam to the development of the Laser Methane Copter (LMC).…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 23, 2015 at 2:04am — 2 Comments

Onboard video of Flirtey's history drone delivery

This is onboard video of the first FAA-approved drone delivery trial. Actual package dropping starts at 2:35.

Pixhawk-powered...

Added by Chris Anderson on July 19, 2015 at 8:07am — 3 Comments

App teaches drone programming to kids

The app is called Tynker and it works with the Parrot Rolling Spider drones:

This is a quick start guide to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 18, 2015 at 12:28pm — 4 Comments

Smartphone-powered drone

Every few years, someone creates another smartphone-based autopilot (I did my first back in 2007!). And because smartphones get better each year, so do the smartphone autopilots. They haven't yet been  as good as dedicated autopilots (which increasingly use the same…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 17, 2015 at 10:00pm — 14 Comments

More on the RFID+Iris farm monitoring project

From Hackaday:

Imagine you’re a farmer trying to grow a crop under drought conditions. Up-to-the-minute data on soil moisture can help you to decide where and when to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 17, 2015 at 9:42pm — 1 Comment

Flirtey's drone delivery trial a sucess

The Wall Street Journal reports on Flirtey's FAA-approved drone delivery trial (Pixhawk-powered hexacopter):

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 17, 2015 at 8:48pm — 7 Comments

APM-powered submarine runs ROS

From BlueRobotics, a cool ROV that works with APM and the Robot Operating System (ROS. 

Here it is with APM inside: …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2015 at 6:50pm — 11 Comments

Latest on first FAA-approved drone delivery trial

From Gizmag, the latest on Flirtey, whose Pixhawk-powered drones are the first to be approved for drone delivery trials in the US:

One weekend each July, 1,500 people from rural area…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2015 at 3:54pm — 1 Comment

Hackaday prize nomination for Pixhawk-powered anti-poaching solar drone

From Hackaday:

For his Hackaday Prize project, [tlankford01] is using…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 8:38pm — 8 Comments

Adding UHF RFID sensors to IRIS+ for aerial farm management

From IEEE Spectrum:

We live in California, and we’re trying to grow some food in a field, but …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 8:33pm — 8 Comments

Vibration testing Solo gimbals

Here's a quick glimpse of the current vibration and motion testing of the Solo gimbal in our Shenzen factory. Still on track to start shipping around the end of the month. 

Added by Chris Anderson on July 13, 2015 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

LIDAR-Lite 360-degree mirror scanner

From Trossen Robotics, news of a nice hack turning the one-dimensional LIDAR-Lite laser rangefinder into a proper 360-degree scanning LIDAR unit:

One of our favorite roboticists, r3n33,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 13, 2015 at 2:02pm — 7 Comments

Sparkfun AVC recap video

No aerial category this year, sadly, but the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition rover race was even fiercer, due to the crazy Discombobulator turntable challenge (below). Winners listed here.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 13, 2015 at 1:58pm — 4 Comments

Event 38 Bluetooth Bridge for Pixhawk/APM drones combines long-distance wireless and BT compatibility

From the Event 38 blog:

In case you missed it, our Bluetooth Bridge is now back in stock! This is the second version of our…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 12, 2015 at 10:26pm — 6 Comments

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