Chris Anderson's Blog – March 2010 Archive (27)

T3--Round 6: The Simulation Round!

For the last T3 round before the weather improves (in the Northern Hemisphere), we're going to do something indoors! It's a simulation round, which I previewed here.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 31, 2010 at 11:58pm — 37 Comments

Should we move ArduPilot Groundstation from LabVIEW to Nokia's Qt?

As we prepare to migrate our current LabVIEW groundstation from ArduPilot to supporting ArduPilot Mega, we're taking the opportunity to rethink its architecture and code base.…



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Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2010 at 3:00pm — 57 Comments

Update on the DIY Drones dev teams

Those of you who tuned into the podcast this week heard that we're in high gear here at DIY Drones getting ready to release the next generation of ArduPilot, ArduPilot Mega. As always, this is a community effort--the product of dozens of people working for more than a year. So this is an opportunity to call out some of the heroes of the project and a way for people to figure out how they might contribute:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 28, 2010 at 11:00pm — 14 Comments

DIY Drones live chat/podcast tonight with EasyUAV's Krzysztof Bosak at 9:00pm PST

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Tonight (Sunday) we'll do our regular podcast, 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 March 28, 2010 at 2:55pm — 4 Comments

First impression of Raven clone model



Today the $170 Raven clone we were talking…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 27, 2010 at 9:30pm — 58 Comments

Proposed next T3 round: simulations



Gary Mortimer and I are leaning towards a simulation round for the next T3 contest, but I need some feedback about what would work best.



There are two kinds of simulations: "open loop" and "closed loop".



Open…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2010 at 10:00pm — 32 Comments

Tri/Quadcopter awesomeness



[There was a bunch of very cool Tri/Quadcopter stuff on the RCG blogs today. Here's a sampling:]



Above: A very cool custom…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 23, 2010 at 9:51pm — 17 Comments

Sparkfun creates their own 3D model for the real autonomous vehicle competition



Sparkfun created their own 3D model of their HQ for the Autonomous Vehicle Competition, which they've submitted to Google Earth. It's good, but I like our own Graham Dyer's version better (bellow). His has the Evil Trees!…



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Added by Chris Anderson on March 23, 2010 at 9:18pm — 7 Comments

Just for fun, the finals of the ROBO-ONE competition



Nothing to do with UAVs, but here's some Sunday night fun in lieu of our normally scheduled podcast. Shown is "the final, suspense filled match featuring Super Dygar (the red robot that starts off on the right side of the ring) and Neutrino (on the left with the large paddle hands.)" Read more at Robot… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on March 21, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

New ArduPilot Mega boards off the production line!

That's Nathan Siedle, CEO of Sparkfun, handing me the very first ArduPilot Mega board to come off the Sparkfun production line. We were at an Arduino planning meeting in NYC; that's Massimo Banzi of the Arduino project in the back.



Here's a closeup photo of the board. It looks great! The only thing that's not quite right is the GPS connector is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 19, 2010 at 11:00pm — 35 Comments

Voice controlled heli UAV



From BotJunkie:



"This little helicopter is able to understand you when you tell it what to do. No pushing buttons, no using… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on March 17, 2010 at 9:42pm — 10 Comments

March 14 flight report: testing ArduPilot 2.5 RC 2 code

Jason Short and I had great day of testing and improving code (and putting in a pretty good T3 contest time!). Once again we were at the RC club in Point Richmond, across the Bay from San Francisco. Jason was just back from a skiing vacation where he tangled with another snowboard to the tune of 17 stitches on his ankle (I saw them: ouch) but fortunately UAV development doesn't require a lot of running.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2010 at 10:00pm — 19 Comments

Tutorial: Programming your uBlox GPS module

Although you can buy the uBlox modules pre-programmed from the DIY Drones store, you may want to do it yourself, either because you want to update the firmware or change some settings,… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2010 at 12:00pm — 65 Comments

"Silent deadly threat"(??) crashed, captured


From a Der Spiegel UAV photo gallery. Note the over-the-top caption. What is this toy plane? It looks like a Hobbyzone Phantom!

Added by Chris Anderson on March 13, 2010 at 7:29pm — 12 Comments

Latest research on optical flow

I've been fascinated by optical flow ever since I learned that you can do some pretty good navigation work with the chip taken from an old optical mouse. I think this is probably going to be one of the methods we use to take Blimpduino…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 13, 2010 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

Last weekend for your T3 entries!



Entries for the current T3 contest (virtual Sparkfun competition) are due by midnight PST on Sunday, so this is your last…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 13, 2010 at 9:03am — 4 Comments

RC helicopters collecting whale snot

We're always looking for practical applications of what we do. Here's one from f…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Famous ABE lost at sea

A sad day for our underwater cousins:




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Added by Chris Anderson on March 10, 2010 at 5:29pm — 23 Comments

Spam fighting on DIY Drones

If we do our job right, most members here will have no idea how much spam we fight here every day. Normally it's not too much, just a dozen members who have spam links in their profile. But over the last week, DIY Drones, like most of the other networks hosted on the Ning platform, has been hit by the biggest botnet attack we've ever seen, with hundreds of fake member accounts being created every day to post Canadian pharmaceutical ads. The graph above, from…
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Added by Chris Anderson on March 9, 2010 at 8:04pm — 58 Comments

Another flight test of new ArduPilot 2.5 code

Here's a quick report on today's test flight of the latest ArduPilot 2.5 code, including a failed T3 contest run:



(I was using an EasyStar with XY & Z sensors)



The… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on March 7, 2010 at 8:30pm — 37 Comments

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