Chris Anderson's Blog – January 2010 Archive (42)

DIY Drones live chat/podcast with Tom Pycke tonight at 10:30pm PST

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Tonight we'll do podcast #15, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live above and commenting and asking questions via the DIY Drones… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2010 at 11:10am — 6 Comments

Turning optocouplers into servo amplifiers

If you're using the UAV DevBoard with Futaba equipment or any other modern RC gear that outputs servo voltage of less than 3v, you're going to need a servo amplifier (also known as a booster or buffer) so the autopilot can reliably read your signals.

You can buy… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 30, 2010 at 12:30am — 7 Comments

"Living With Robots", an excellent 8 min documentary from Honda



From BotJunkie:



"Honda was also at Sundance to screen a wonderful 8 minute documentary called Living With Robots, which is totally worth watching simply because of how well it sums up so many of the issues relevant to robotics today and in the near future:



Honda’s got it exactly right: the biggest hurdle to overcome when it comes to the future of robotics is not… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2010 at 2:58pm — 4 Comments

Update on Tom Pycke's Gluonpilot

Tom Pycke just got in the first batch of beta boards for his new IMU-based autopilot, Gluonpilot, which we wrote about earlier… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 27, 2010 at 9:16pm — 1 Comment

My Wired cover story on the "New Industrial Revolution" (including DIY Drones)

One of the ways I can reconcile the amount of time I spend with DIY Drones is to think of it as a grand experiment in open innovation, which I not only participate in but also observe. That, in turn, helps me do my day job (editor of Wired Magazine) better. So for… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 26, 2010 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

Useful applications of amateur aerial imaging data

I'm starting to see DIY aerial photography showing up more and more often in day to day life. Here are two examples from this week:



The above image, taken from a tethered blimp, is from this BoingBoing report:… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 23, 2010 at 9:30pm — 15 Comments

Arduino meets Android

Check out Amarino, which is a toolkit to connect Android phones to Arduino microprocessor boards. Described as "basically consisting of an Android application and an Arduino library which will help you to interface with your phone in a new dimension. You can build your own interfaces almost without any programming… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 22, 2010 at 10:57pm — 13 Comments

Size comparison: ArduPilot Mega vs ArduPilot



Many of you have asked for a side-by-side comparison of ArduPilot Mega and basic ArduPilot, so here it is. Note that with Mega, we moved the servo and GPS connectors to horizontal rather than vertical placement, to make them more robust in the case of a… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 22, 2010 at 5:30pm — 17 Comments

Congrats to the winners of T3-4!



The High Chief T3 Judge, Gary Mortimer, has ruled, and the above are the results of T3 Round 4,… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 20, 2010 at 4:55pm — No Comments

T3-Round 5: Virtual Sparkfun competition!



For the fifth T3 (Trust Time Trial) contest, we've got an easy and fun one: set the best time for a virtual Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition course. The real Sparkfun… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 20, 2010 at 3:00pm — 47 Comments

[RESCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT] DIY Drones live chat/podcast with AR.Drone inventor Henri Seydoux, Tuesday night at 9:00pm PST

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[UPDATE #2: Okay, we're back on. This is going to happen tonight (Tues). Thanks again for your patience on this one!]



On Sunday Monday Tuesday night we'll do podcast… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 19, 2010 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

Autopilot brownies

The reflow oven went haywire at DIY Drones HQ, and these melted ArduPilot Megas are the result. That's one batch of beta testers who are just going to have to wait a bit longer for their gear… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 18, 2010 at 10:40pm — 31 Comments

T3--Round 4 deadline moved to Monday

Due to the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday in the US, I'm allowing one more day for T3-Round 4 submissions. They're now due by midnight PST on Mon. We've already got a bunch of good ones… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 17, 2010 at 12:30am — 7 Comments

Flight tests of ArduPilot 2.5 code



We've still got some work to do on the ArduPilot 2.5 code, but I did have a chance to test the new improved loiter (RTL) mode with a Superstar EP today. How's this… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 16, 2010 at 11:41pm — 7 Comments

First pictures of ArduPilot Mega mainboard!



Boards are in and going to beta testers. So far code is loading fine and everything is testing out as it should, but I'm sure stress testing by the team will find something to tweak.



Here's the front:…



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Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2010 at 11:25pm — 33 Comments

Ning design glitch--stay tuned

Folks, Ning is dealing with a CSS problem right now, which is why the site has lost all its design. Stand by; we should be back to normal within the hour.

Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2010 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

DIY Drones on Twitter

DIY Drones is now fully Twitter-enabled! All blog posts are automatically tweeted on @DIYDrones, so please follow us there.

















Also, you can tweet any blog post or discussion forum post to your own… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2010 at 10:20am — No Comments

Micropilot entry-level autopilot reduced to $1,500


From my email today. Anybody remember what the old price was?

Added by Chris Anderson on January 13, 2010 at 7:20pm — 20 Comments

New site to buy AttoPilot and other UAV equipment--a work in progress

We love and worship AttoPilot, Dean Geodde and the smart team around him, but we're just thankful that they're better at UAVs than they are at the Web. The original attopilot.com website was a bit of a Flash disaster with a pdf order form and then was never… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 13, 2010 at 3:00pm — 12 Comments

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