Chris Anderson's Blog – January 2011 Archive (24)

Skywalker: foam or fiberglass?

I've now had a chance to compare the original foam Skywalker ($83) with the new HobbyKing fiberglass Skywalker clone ($97).  They are…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2011 at 11:00pm — 16 Comments

ArduCopterMega on a Guai 330s





ArduCopterMega, the next version of the official ArduCopter code, is flying well and will bring full UAV navigation to ArduPilot by syncing it up with the APM codebase. Right now Jason Short is testing it on different airframes. The video above is it running on a stock Gaui 330s frame, with default settings. Late in the video Jason tries some different PID gains, but you'll see there's a bit of oscillation and they're not as good as the default. Awesome to see that… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2011 at 10:00pm — 21 Comments

DIY Drones factory now supersized

Our San Diego factory is has just moved next door to space more than twice as large as our old factory, in an effort to keep up with the growth in demand. The above is a quickie tour of the new space, which the 3D Robotics (the company counterpart to the DIY Drones community) team just moved into over the weekend.  If you're in the San Diego area, drop Jordi a line and arrange…
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Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2011 at 3:36pm — 15 Comments

A thoughtful response to "OMG--The drones are coming!" articles

Evan at BotJunkie has a thoughtful piece that brings some much-needed perspective to the growing crop of poorly-informed articles that we're starting to see in the media by journalists discovering amateur UAVs for the first time. (Actually, most of the time what they're talking about is just RC/FPV, rather than autonomous…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2011 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Let's start an official ArduRover project

Inspired by John Arne's post, I got a Redcat…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2011 at 12:00pm — 94 Comments

New solar UAV from BYU

A Brigham Young student team is working on their second solar-powered UAV. The first one, shown here, didn't have enough power to climb, but now they have better solar cells.

 

Here are the detail:

 

"Power…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 28, 2011 at 12:43pm — 4 Comments

Open source I2C ESC project and MikroKopter controler clone

A bunch of groups (including us) are working on open source I2C ESCs, which will be cheaper, better and easier to integrate into quadcopters than commercial ESCs. Here's one such project.

 

This guy is also working on…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 26, 2011 at 4:50pm — 11 Comments

Quadcopter with Kinect doing altitude hold and obstacle avoidance





More from the Berkeley team we wrote about earlier, now with better documentation. From I Heart Robotics: "Patrick Bouffard from the Hybrid Systems Lab…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 26, 2011 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

Help wanted: great photos for the front page of DIY Drones

We're going to be redesigning this site next week, bringing better layout and content categories, and one of the improvements is finally updating the photo on the front page. Rather than Funjet that we're so tired of, the photo box will rotate through a set of photos that illustrate the range of UAVs covered here, from planes…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2011 at 11:00pm — 16 Comments

Sparkfun Automomous Vehicle Competition entries now open!

 

Entries for Sparkfun's 2011 Autonomous Vehicle Competition are now open. The event is on April 23rd in Boulder, Colorado at Sparkfun HQ. This is the third year of the AVC. In the first year a DIY Drones team came in first, in the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 18, 2011 at 3:17pm — 7 Comments

Roundup/Review of all the EasyStar clones

I've now had a chance to see and test virtually all the EasyStar clones out there, so this post will compare them all and make recommendations. There are a few others out there by different names, but I think most are just rebadged versions of the ones below. Bottom line: I think the HobbyKing Bixler (see…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 15, 2011 at 1:30pm — 30 Comments

EyePlane and EyePod

Some nice custom foam design on the plane and camera pod here. Looking like they're going to be selling them. 

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2011 at 4:22pm — 9 Comments

Quad construction workers

From I Heart Robotics"More great work from Quentin Lindsey, Daniel Mellinger, and Vijay Kumar from…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 13, 2011 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

White House report on DIY and "personal factories"

 

Lots of good stuff in this report, titled "Factory @ Home", which was commissioned by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

 

It ends with these…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 12, 2011 at 4:32pm — 14 Comments

ArduPilotMega 1.02 released. Supports new MediaTek firmware

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ArduPilotMega 1.02 is now available in the download section. This version updates the GPS libraries to support the new v1.6 firmware that adds some useful data fields and otherwise makes…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 11, 2011 at 12:30am — 13 Comments

New fiberglass UAV airframe coming to HobbyKing

No product listing yet, but will be on HobbyKing.com later this week according to HobbyKing. Will be intersting to compare with the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 10, 2011 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

The Need for Low-Cost Sensors in Robotics

There's a very good post over at Hizook on the lessons of the hacked Kinect: Nutshell:

 

"The best solution to complex low cost sensing (or actuation for that matter) is to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 9, 2011 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Arduino, the documentary

Arduino The Documentary (2010) English HD from gnd on Vimeo.

 

I think I'm in there somewhere, wandering around in the background…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2011 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Kinect sensor devkit is $200

You can get a Kinect for $150, but if you want the smaller, lighter sensor and the devkit to use it, Primesense will sell you that for $200. You can apply to purchase the PSDK hardware here.

 

(via…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2011 at 12:53pm — 2 Comments

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