Chris Anderson's Blog – February 2013 Archive (40)

Controlling a toy helicopter with an Xbox 360 controller

Great hack here (via …

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Gesture control of an AR.Drone

From Kottke:

One of the most intriguing demos I've seen, if the footage in the video is to be believed, is the Myo gesture control armband.

It's an eye-popping demo. The copy on the site reads "unleash your inner…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

UAV navigates by bouncing off walls and floors

From IEEE Spectrum:

A lot of UAV research is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 10:33am — 5 Comments

Sparkfun AVC location announced, plus new DroneCon!

On Sparkfun's Google Plus page, they've announced the new location of the annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition, which will be held on Saturday, June 8th in Boulder, Colorado. This year, in addition to cars and planes,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 8:50am — 11 Comments

Fantastic Maxbotics tutorial on using sonor sensors with multicopters

XL-MaxSonar-EZ use on a Multi-Copter

Thanks to Tom Bonar from Maxbotics for passing on this new post on how the best use their sonar sensors with mutlicopters. 

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2013 at 3:21pm — 12 Comments

New Hampshire considering aerial photography ban

FromAGBeat (via Hacker News)

New Hampshire bill proposes aerial…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2013 at 12:17pm — 32 Comments

Flying insects and robots

A great post from Sabine at Robohub:

TED just released an…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Let's design a new DIY Drones header! (prize to the winner)

You may have noticed some slight design changes here over the past day, which are simply me band-aiding a situation where the external site that hosted some of our design files shut down, leaving a bunch of broken images and mangled CSS here. For now I've reverted to some native Ning design features and brought back…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 23, 2013 at 8:30am — 207 Comments

iPhone-controlled paper airplane

From Gizmag:

Earlier this month, we reported on the PowerUp 3.0 – a US$50 kit that lets you control a powered paper airplane via your smartphone. At the time, we were still waiting to hear back from its designer,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 22, 2013 at 3:02pm — 2 Comments

Sensefly does the Matterhorm

Great demo of how a very easy-to-use survey/mapping UAV works. It costs $20,000. 

Added by Chris Anderson on February 22, 2013 at 9:22am — 9 Comments

DIY Drones at 35,000 members

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 35,000!

There were 2.1 million page views this month, which is a new record (we get over 70,000 page views a day). It took us just 21 days to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 20, 2013 at 1:33am — 7 Comments

Cupcake drone competition

Two Bay Area hackerspaces are conducting a robot-delivered cupcake contest. Clearly drones will be the winning technology. Fortunately, there's already a website for that

From Ace…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 8:52pm — 1 Comment

ArduPlane software roadmap

On the APM developer mailing list, the team recently posted their software roadmaps. Everyone is welcome to join the dev list themselves and follow this, but for those who aren't already signed up, I thought…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 17, 2013 at 12:13am — 2 Comments

ArduCopter software roadmap

On the APM developer mailing list, the team recently posted their software roadmaps. Everyone is welcome to join the dev list themselves and follow this, but for those who aren't already signed up, I thought I'd…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 17, 2013 at 12:10am — 7 Comments

The Economist: "Drones Are Cool — And They Have Lots Of Uses Besides Killing People"

The Economist on the positive potential of civilian drones (via Business Insider):

WHENEVER a hiker gets lost in Mesa County, a rugged area in western Colorado,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2013 at 11:30pm — 7 Comments

A short film about drones and bikinis

I've got no idea what this short film is supposed to be about, but if you'd like to see more drones with your bikinis (or the other way around), it's just three minutes long.

(Via …

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2013 at 11:00pm — 29 Comments

Semi-autonomous flying toy from AirHogs

There have been infrared-guided toy helis before, but they've never worked very well. Perhaps this new one from AirHogs, with a cage to protect the prop, will work better.

From Gizmag:

There are plenty of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2013 at 9:40am — 2 Comments

Google "Solve for X" presentation for non-military use of drones

Roboticst/artist Natalie Jeremijenko spoke at Google's "Solve for X" conference on using technology to solve big world problems, in this case "drones for good". I'm not sure she came up with anything particularily new, but thought it was worth sharing here all the same.

From the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 12, 2013 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

The Economist on thermal-seeking drones

From The Economist:

ALTHOUGH undeniably graceful, gliding has until now been suitable only for pleasure flights. But this is changing, as researchers exploit wind power…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 11, 2013 at 7:15am — 8 Comments

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