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Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition course preview

All you ArduRover fans out there, this is your chance to once again show your skills at AVC. It's September 17 this year. Here's the new Sparkfun announcement post:

This year, SparkFun’s …


Added by Chris Anderson on June 27, 2016 at 11:55am — No Comments

Google creates its own laws of robotics

From Fast Company:

In his famous Robot series of stories and novels, Isaac Asimov created the fictional Laws of Robotics, which read:

  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to…

Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2016 at 4:35pm — 10 Comments

Real-time data analysis tool for PX4

MAVGAnalysis is a new tool from the PX4 team to give real-time data analytics without overcomplicating a GCS. From the repository:

This JavaFx based tool enables PX4 Users to record and analyse data published via UDP during flight or…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2016 at 1:55am — 6 Comments

AP-Manager switches between two Pixhawks for safety, redunancy

AP-Manager is a board available now that allows switching between two Pixhawks or APM autopilots:…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 21, 2016 at 6:53pm — 18 Comments

Biggest Solo software update ever: adds Rewind, Augmented Reality, Pano and more

Rewind and Return to Me

With the press of a button, Solo will retrace its exact path for the last 60 feet of your flight (this distance will be user-definable in the app) to ensure it avoids obstacles on its way back home. And with the new “return to me” feature, Solo will come home to wherever you stand with your controller…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 17, 2016 at 12:30pm — 27 Comments

Radiolink SE100 GPS module for Pixhawk

Anybody know anything about this one? It's $35 from Roboshop:…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 14, 2016 at 12:44pm — 11 Comments

Judging starts this week on the $100,000 Airbus/LocalMotors drone cargo challenge

There were an amazing 425 entries to the Airbus/LocalMotors drone cargo challenge, and this week judging begins to select the winners (I'm…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 11, 2016 at 8:05am — 5 Comments

New ArduRover beta, adds better smoothed steering and cornering

(shown above, the fastest ArduRover yet, an electric go-kart built by Autodesk CEO Carl Bass [shown with author Kevin Kelly] and run at the Self Driving Cars track day this weekend)

From the…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 2, 2016 at 4:28pm — 4 Comments

How they did compass calibration in the 19th century

I was interested to see this in the fantastic new Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Those big canisters on each side of the ship compass are iron slugs designed to compensate for the "hard iron" magnetic distortions of the iron ships they were mounted on. Now we do it in software, but the principle is the…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 1, 2016 at 6:36pm — 2 Comments

Naval research group launches 30 Pixhawk-powered drones

Another great swarming demo from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Not a new record of planes in the sky (which is 50), but an impressive launch rate of nine drones in nine seconds. All Pixhawk-powered Skywalker…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 31, 2016 at 5:15pm — 4 Comments

PXFmini (Dronecode on RaspberryPi Zero) on Hackaday

I've been using my RasperryPi's more and more with Dronecode software, including with the fantastic Navio2 autopilot shield and the slightly more basic Erle 2. I've also got Erle's new…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2016 at 10:59pm — 13 Comments

Pix4DCapture now supports 3DR Solo

Great news for Solo owners: the impressive Pix4DCapture app for iOS and Android is now available for the 3DR Solo. …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 26, 2016 at 3:53pm — 8 Comments

DIY Drones at 78,000 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 78,000!

Despite the site being on-and-off down for nearly a week this month as you can see on the right side of the traffic graph above…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 23, 2016 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Risk based autonomous planning in PX4 Sim

This is an example of risk based planning for a flight across a city in the PX4 SITL. The drone avoids flying too close to buildings or through confined spaces where it might loose GPS reception. PX4's Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson is working on bringing this to outdoor flights this summer.

Added by Chris Anderson on May 23, 2016 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Teaching rovers to powerslide with ROS

Very interesting research from Georgia Tech, using a RC truck running ROS and a Nvidia graphics board. From IEEE Spectrum:



Added by Chris Anderson on May 19, 2016 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Bees bounce into things rather than navigate around them. How robobees could do the same

How Harvard's Robobee nanodrone project is using the learning from real bees to improve the technology. Flexible wings that can handle collisions don't require as advanced sense-and-avoid skills. 

Added by Chris Anderson on May 14, 2016 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Great survey of open source UAV projects from Beijing University of Aeronautics

Dronecode and the idea of open source UAV development is really taking off in China. Here's an example (Google translated from the original…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 13, 2016 at 4:47pm — 4 Comments

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