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Hexacopter vs shotgun (court rules in favor of copter!)

A Pixhawk-powered hexacopter had an encounter with an overzealous and somewhat paranoid neighbor. Ars Technica tells the story:

That day, Eric Joe…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2015 at 2:10pm — 8 Comments

Parrot, Team Blacksheep, Walkera and others join DroneCode!

Exciting news from the DroneCode Project, which today announced six new members, bringing the total to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2015 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

Precise indoor positioning with ultrawideband

Right now, for precise indoor positioning you typically need an expensive optical motion capture rig like a Vicon. This Kickstarter project promises…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2015 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

Google Street View goes vertical

An unannounced addition to Google Street View suggests that drone imagery could fit in nicely. From the Google Earth Blog:

Google are constantly looking for new places to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2015 at 3:22am — 3 Comments

First FAA-approved drone delivery trials (Pixhawk-powered!)

Congratulations to Flirtey, whose Pixhawk-powered copter has been approved by the FAA for the first US drone deliver trials. From …

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2015 at 2:41am — 13 Comments

Tandem Heli flies autonomously with Pixhawk

Uses two Align Trex 800s, back to back, with Pixhawk controlling everything. 

Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2015 at 2:28pm — 18 Comments

Modifying an IRIS+ to spray paint

From Hackaday:

KATSU, Dan Moore, and Adafruit’s Becky Stern are trying to perfect a flying can of spraypaint, and they’ve met with some success and surely many broken…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 18, 2015 at 6:41am — 8 Comments

Nod controller supports 3DR drones

The innovative new Nod controller supports 3DR, DJI and Parrot drones…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 16, 2015 at 11:31pm — 10 Comments

Solo kiosks arriving in Best Buy for launch next week

Almost 1,500 Solo kiosks are rolling out to Best Buys across the US, for launch next week. Each one has a interactive display that allows you to fly Solo using the controller with a custom flight simulator that exactly replicates the Solo iOS and Android app experience.  That simulator will also be…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 12, 2015 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

Quad motor control for Kerbal Space Sim

From Hackaday:

Kerbal Space Program, the game that teaches engineers at JPL and SpaceX the basics of rocket design and orbital mechanics, recently had a giant update. There are now…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 10, 2015 at 12:23pm — 1 Comment

Sample video from the Solo gimbal, coming out at end of June

The first Solo's are now arriving, and reviews are great (you can now order it here). The next thing to arrive, in a few weeks, will be the custom 3DR gimbal, with integrated GoPro control, HDMI video down the app and smart autopilot…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 5, 2015 at 8:41pm — 12 Comments

Solo app now live in iOS and Android app stores

Now live in the iOS and Android app stores!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 5, 2015 at 8:30pm — 20 Comments

US Government starts to require open source UAV technology!

Great news (thanks to Chris Miser from Falcon Unmanned for the tip):  the US government has started requiring open source technology in its UAV purchases. See…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2015 at 10:58pm — 7 Comments

Intel Edison-based educational drone kit on Kickstarter

I know we've all been a bit Kickstartered-out of late, but this latest one seems more interesting than most since it's…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2015 at 7:30am — 16 Comments

Drone highlights from Mary Meeker's famed 2015 "State of the Internet" presentation

Every year famed Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist Mary Meeker gives a "State of the Internet" presentation, which highlights stats and analysis on what she considers the most important technology trends of the year. This year,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2015 at 11:17pm — 3 Comments

New Buzzfeed lab will focus on drones, journalism (with 3DR)

From Buzzfeed, an announcement of an exciting new lab that will focus on technology (including drones) and journalism. I'm one of the advisors. 

Late this summer,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 26, 2015 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Lake and sea bottom scanning with ArduBoat

From Hackaday. Reminds me of work Harold Molle was doing five years ago here!

[Geir] has created a pretty neat device, it’s actually his second version of an autonomous boat…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2015 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

New ROS release paving the road to full drone support

As you can see from the logo from today's release of the Robot Operating System "Jade Turtle" version, drones are a big part of ROS's future.  Although ROS started with robot arms and research robots,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 24, 2015 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations

Sorry to see this notice from AirDroids, who had launched the PocketCopter on Kickstarter, but glad to see their list of "lessons learned". Manufacturing is really, really hard, and they were not the first or last Kickstarter project to get in over…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm — 40 Comments

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