Chris Anderson's Blog – February 2014 Archive (15)

Quadcopter swarming modeled after pigeon formations

From NPR:

Can drones, the small unmanned aircraft that are at the forefront of fields from warfare to commercial delivery systems, fly without human intervention? A team of Hungarian researchers answers yes, having created 10 drones that self-organize as they move through the air.

The team based its…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2014 at 11:36pm — 5 Comments

Glider pilot surprised by drone in thermal

A disquieting report from our friends in the manned soaring world. Yet another reminder to STAY BELOW 400 FEET!

 

From Soaring Cafe:

One of the pilots in our local soaring club was surprised to discover that he was sharing a thermal with a model aircraft [commonly referred to nowadays as 'Unmanned Aerial…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 25, 2014 at 10:30am — 41 Comments

Drones vs. crop dusters to gather crop data

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From Steve Blank, the creator of the "Lean Startup" method, in the Harvard Business Review. Key sentence: "They realized that they could use these crop dusting planes to mount their hyperspectral cameras on. They didn’t need drones at all."

Teams that build continuous customer discovery into their DNA will become…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 23, 2014 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments

Mind-controlled quadcopter offers new possibilities for the paralyzed

From the National Science Foundation:

A brain-computer interface allows people to use only their thoughts to control a flying quadcopter

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), biomedical engineer Bin He and his team at the University of Minnesota have created a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 23, 2014 at 6:09pm — No Comments

Politico: "FAA risks losing the drone war"

From Politico, a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 22, 2014 at 6:00pm — 29 Comments

Sparkfun AVC Registration Now Open

It's that time again! The Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition registration is now open. Changes for UAVs include separate fixed-wing and rotary-wing categories and extra points for…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2014 at 5:17pm — 18 Comments

Journalist sues police who grounded his drone

From Motherboard:

A journalist …

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 17, 2014 at 1:50pm — 18 Comments

An Android-controlled Arduino drone

From Hackaday:

[Stefan] wrote in to tell us about a project for high school students, where a …

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 15, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Announcing the winner of the 13th T3 Competition -- The 3D Aerial Model!

[Channelling our fearless T3 leader, Gary Mortimer] The quality of entries for the latest T3 round, "The Model" was nothing…
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Added by Chris Anderson on February 11, 2014 at 11:00pm — 14 Comments

"SmartInversion", a new way of flying from Festo

Not quite sure what the advantages are, but it's certainly innovative. From the Festo description:

 

Flying by turning inside-out

SmartInversion is a helium-filled flying object that moves through the air by turning inside-out. This constant,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 10, 2014 at 11:00pm — 6 Comments

Anybody know the source of this?

Looks cool, but sadly all I have is a animated GIF without a source. Anybody recognize…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 9, 2014 at 11:20am — 13 Comments

uBlox releases a dead reckoning chip

This isn't a GPS module, but rather a chip that compliments GPS modules by using dead reckoning to estimate position during GPS drop-outs. APM and Pixhawk do this already in software, but it would be interesting to see if a stand-alone hardware solution is useful for UAV…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 8, 2014 at 5:08pm — 10 Comments

High-precision RTK GPS coming to ArduPilot

An exciting update from the Swiftnav team, whose successful Kickstarter project is bringing high-precision (cm-level) RTK GPS to an affordable level (sub $1,000). First up: ArduPilot…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 7, 2014 at 4:00pm — 26 Comments

ArduCopter developer Jose Julio's awesome air hockey robot

Huge congrats to orginal ArduCopter developer Jose Julio, who won the Internet today with his awesome air hockey robot.

From I09

In an effort to suck the fun out of every…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 6, 2014 at 11:38pm — 12 Comments

Experimenting with quads in free-fall

From Hackaday:

Nearly every tri/quad/hex/multicopter pilot has the impulse to chop the throttle while flying around. Most quadcopters are fixed pitch, which means that as power drops, so does control authority.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 6, 2014 at 2:00pm — 20 Comments

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