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Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more

If you got a chance to see the big 3DR area at NAB in Las Vegas last week, you'll have seen the new cameras and accessories for Solo first-hand (along with the new software features such as sense-and-avoid and smart rewind announced earlier). But here's a quick…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 28, 2016 at 4:31pm — 8 Comments

Quadcopter simulator game in Arduino serial monitor

From Hackaday:

Every new generation of computers repeats the techniques used by the earlier generations. [Kim Salmi] created an ASCII-based quadcopter simulation…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 23, 2016 at 6:37pm — 1 Comment

FollowMe submarine drone on Indiegogo

The iBubble project looks very interesting -- one of the first subs I've seen designed with a killer app in mind. How do they transmit the diver's position underwater? From a wristband that talks to the sub the way sea animals do, with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2016 at 1:13pm — 3 Comments

3D-printed mount for Lidar sensor

Scultpteo, the 3D-printing service, has a blog post about how the Jarriquez team designed and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 21, 2016 at 9:45pm — 4 Comments

Enter the $120,000 Airbus drone delivery challenge

Run with LocalMotors. Enter here:

Rules:

  • The design shall be capable of vertical takeoff and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 21, 2016 at 7:32am — 17 Comments

New version of APM-powered Quanum Nova copter from Hobby King

Now with upgraded motors and batteries, for a flight time of 25 minutes. Fully APM-compatible so it supports Mission Planner, APM Planner, and Tower, with the standard 3DR radios, as shown below (you can buy them …

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 20, 2016 at 8:50am — 14 Comments

Matthew Reimer's Pixhawk-powered tractor makes the Wall Street Journal

Go Matthew! I just wish the WSJ had actually linked to your project or given any additional info at all. Here, let me help you with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2016 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Guyanese tribe uses Arduplane to protect their own land

Quartz has a good piece on how a Guyanese tribe, working with Digital Democracy, are using an Arduplane they built to monitor their land and spot illegal logging.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2016 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Dronecode Unconference in Beijing next week

I'm delighted to announce that we're going to be having our first Chinese Dronecode unconference next in Beijing next Thursday, April 28th. I'll be in Beijing speaking at the big GMIC conference and we thought it would be fun to meet up with Dronecode developers at the same time. 

All details…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2016 at 2:47pm — 5 Comments

Fantastic work on visualizing camera paths with 3DR Solos

From the video: 

Generating Dynamically Feasible Trajectories for Quadrotor Cameras

Mike Roberts, Pat Hanrahan

SIGGRAPH 2016



Abstract: When designing trajectories for quadrotor cameras, it is important that the trajectories respect the dynamics and physical limits of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

New Google Project Wing video

Slightly evolved airframe form factor

Added by Chris Anderson on April 18, 2016 at 10:49pm — 7 Comments

Augmented reality, custom geofencing, smart "rewind" and more in new 3DR Solo software

Just announced at NAB:

The latest stream of cutting-edge software from 3DR includes augmented reality, interactive scene awareness and new Smart Shots, and it will dramatically enhance the aerial filming experience and all-around safety of drone…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 18, 2016 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Intel gives sneak peak of drone development board

At a developer conference in China last week, Intel gave a sneak peak of its forthcoming drone and robotics development boards. The drone board, called Aero, is designed to compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight board (Intel, like Qualcomm, is a member of Dronecode and the Intel team has ported to the APM code…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 17, 2016 at 5:17pm — 21 Comments

Using a Solo for river restoration and forest research

From the Freshwater Trust:

The Freshwater Trust has partnered with Portland State University’s…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 17, 2016 at 5:08pm — No Comments

State of ROS 2.0

One of the priorities of Dronecode is to integrate with other open source software communities, include Linux as the lower (OS) side and ROS at the applications layer. Dronecode is part of the Linux Foundation and the Open Source Robotics Foundation, which makes ROS, is part of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 17, 2016 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

Simulation of 8 lb drone being ingested by a jet engine

Suffice to say it doesn't end well, for drone or engine. Why did the researchers use an 8-lb drone, when the typical drone weighs less than half that?  The researcher responded:

"This is the drone size that one European country has sanctioned for their postal services to deliver packages to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2016 at 6:10pm — 15 Comments

DIY Drones at 77,000 members

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 77,000!

There were approximately 1.4 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 45,000 page views a day on average). It took us…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2016 at 7:56am — 3 Comments

PX4 Update & Obstacle Avoidance Talk at Dronecode Unconference

By Lorenz Meier

(crossposted from here with permission)

Due to public demand the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 10, 2016 at 6:14pm — 3 Comments

Anyone remember UNAV?

Way back in 2007, when I was getting started with UAVs, the only autopilot available for less than $15,000 was the UNAV PicoPilot.  I got one, stuck it in a plane (see above), and decided I could do better for less. Thus the open source ArduPilot project and the rest is history.  

On a whim, I…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 8, 2016 at 7:30pm — 23 Comments

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