Chris Anderson's Blog – February 2010 Archive (17)

Podcast/Livechat tonight with Reed Christiansen of Procerus, 9:00 PST

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Tonight we'll do podcast #18, which everyone here is… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Great day of ArduPilot 2.5 testing. Bugs caught, some fixed

Jason Short and I had a great day of flight testing yesterday after the rains cleared in Point Richmond, across the Bay from San Francisco. We were testing the 2.5 code on a range of different hardware (RC systems, ESCs, GPSs and airframes) to catch incompatibilities. The good news is that we found lots of them! (that's the bad news, too).


These are the bugs found:


--When ArduPilot is pulsing the servos after it's got GPS lock with the…
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Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2010 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

Newsweek article about defending against small, cheap UAVs

From this week's Newsweek: "Defending against Drones: How our new favorite weapon in the war against terror could soon be used against us". Slashdotted and discussed here. Mentions us ;-)



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Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2010 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

AttoPilot 3.3 price increases from $3,000 to $4,200



When the IMU version of AttoPilot (version 3.3) was first announced, the price was given as $3,000. Now I see it's $4,200. The…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2010 at 9:30am — 35 Comments

Six-page AUVSI insert in Fortune magazine



AUVSI, our industry trade group, took out a six page advertising insert in Fortune this month. Mostly UAVs,…
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Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2010 at 3:55pm — 2 Comments

Crowdsourcing works! New, equally peaceful but more realistic banner



After much discussion about my poor effort to turn a military Reaper into a NASA Ikhana, IKE took the initiative to do it right and go…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2010 at 10:42am — 16 Comments

Check out our new header, now more peaceful!



Some people thought our old header looked too much like the military's Reaper drone, so I had it redone more like the NASA…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 25, 2010 at 7:00am — 48 Comments

MIT's Flyfire project: a 3D hovering screen made from a zillion UAVs





You might have heard last week about Flyfire, a MIT concept that would use hundreds or thousands of little coaxial helis with LEDs to create a 3D screen in the sky. There was some confusion and the video was pulled, but now it's back and you can see what all the fuss is about. Pretty cool concept.


[Via…
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Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2010 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Podcast/live chat with Curt Olson tonight (Sunday) at 9:00 PM PST

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Tonight we'll do podcast #17, which everyone here is… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2010 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Top Five UAV N00b Questions (and answers)

Having run this site for a few years now, I'm all too expert on the first reaction of newbies. Some of them I understand, some continue to mystify me. Here are the top five:


1) I want a helicopter to fly by itself! Can you help? We get this one daily. I don't really understand why. Perhaps it's because helis are so hard to fly manually? At any rate, most of these folks don't stay long. As the regulars here know, helis are the hardest autonomy challenge there is,…
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Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2010 at 10:00am — 36 Comments

White House talks about DIYDrones, cheaper UAV alternatives!

At last week's…
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Added by Chris Anderson on February 17, 2010 at 8:30am — 34 Comments

Moving DIY Drones documentation to Google Code Wikis



Following the great example of the UAVDevBoard team, who have excellent documentation on their Google Code wiki, we'll be moving all the DIY Drones product documentation to Google Code wikis for each product.



The first product to move is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 15, 2010 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

DIYDrones Podcast/Livechat with Angus Peart tonight at 9:00 PM PST

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Tonight we'll do podcast #16, which everyone here is… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on February 14, 2010 at 7:43pm — 7 Comments

National Robotics Week

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 8, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

No podcast/livechat tonight

Tim's under the weather, so no podcast/livechat tonight. But we've got a doozy for you next Sunday (the 14)!

Added by Chris Anderson on February 7, 2010 at 9:09pm — No Comments

DIY Drones authoring tools upgrade to rich text entry

If you're posting a blog post you'll note that the formatting tools are now much more powerful, allowing for WYSIWYG text and photo entry. No excuse for not having photos, videos and other eye candy! (Seriously, it's a very good idea to start your post with a relevent photo, which hugely increases click-through rates).



The same rich text authoring…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 4, 2010 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Arduino grows up--multithreading and an OS

Arduino's extraordinary popularity has made it the focus of innovation for hardware and sofware hackers everywhere. The result is that they're wringing a suprising amount of performance out of a 16 MIPS chip:. Here are two recent… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on February 3, 2010 at 2:53pm — 5 Comments

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