Chris Anderson's Blog – March 2011 Archive (22)

Another cool Kickstarter project: open source autonomous oil-skimming USV



Here's another cool autonomous vehicle project on Kickstarter. Pledge $400 or more and, if the project hits its funding goal, "We send you a remotely controlled 1m (3.2ft) long, articulated,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 29, 2011 at 3:00pm — 12 Comments

Droidworx moves to New Zealand. Can the name last?

Droidworx, maker of excellent multicopter frames, is moving from Australia to Queenstown, New Zealand. From its website:

"Droidworx has moved it operation to New Zealand; we are now established here and have been focusing on some new manufacturing processes as well as…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 29, 2011 at 9:14am — 5 Comments

Man arrested for selling used Raven on eBay

Kids, be careful out there. Full waypoint-capable UAVs are illegal to sell in the US without Export Control documentation and other safeguards.  Don't be this guy:

 

From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 29, 2011 at 7:30am — 49 Comments

More cool quadcopter juggling

Another great demo from the ETH team, proving that if you have a Vicon motion capture system you can do anything! From Robots.net

" The video is made by the Control of Distributed, Autonomous Systems…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 28, 2011 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Hacking the Turnigy 9x

As you all know, the Tunigy 9X is very hackable and there are all sorts of open source firmware versions out there (such as RadioClone or ER9X). But it all starts with a little…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 27, 2011 at 5:30pm — 15 Comments

UAVs as moving shade umbrellas?

This is pretty speculative, but creative all the same: autonomous blimps as robo-shade.  From Fast Company:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 25, 2011 at 2:36pm — 13 Comments

APM Mission Planner now includes a cool GCS!

Michael Oborne's awesome APM Mission Planner now includes a very cool Ground Station mode. Check it out in the Xplane sim above--full cockpit dials, stats and moving map!



I've updated the Mission Planner software in the Download section, as well as rolled up the latest APM 2.0 bug fixes in… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on March 24, 2011 at 9:52pm — 2 Comments

Maker Meetup at Wired HQ in San Francisco tonight

Apologies for the late notice, but we're having a Maker meetup at the Wired Offices at 3rd and Bryant tonight at 7:00 pm. It's free, and I'll be demoing ArduCopter and APM hardware-in-the-loop simulation with Xplane. Lots of other Makers will be showing off their cool projects too. Food and drink provided. Come by and say…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 22, 2011 at 3:59pm — 6 Comments

APM 2.011 Beta released

As part of the continuing APM 2.0 beta test program, we've released another package of updated APM software: New versions of the APM 2.0 beta code (2.01),…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 22, 2011 at 9:00am — 55 Comments

Anyone entering the Huntsville International Micro Air Vehicle Competition?



IMAV 2011 is May 23-27 in Huntsville, Alabama. There are two autonomous…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 22, 2011 at 7:41am — 8 Comments

UHF RC range extender

This $200 radio replaces your RC receiver and connects to your RC transmitter. Using the UHF band and higher power than regular RC gear, it's supposed to extend your range to miles. Mostly intended for FPV flying, but has clear application for UAV use, too. 

 

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 20, 2011 at 8:30pm — 25 Comments

Why doesn't the ball fall off the quad?

SSM has a fun physics questions over at RCG: why doesn't a tennis ball fall off his KK quad when he's flying?

Well, I wanted to return a stray tennis ball to some kids playing in the tennis courts at the local park.



So I pick up the ball and place it on top of my Quad. The ball is on an upside down plastic sandwich box (to protect the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 19, 2011 at 3:32pm — 40 Comments

A few more pictures from the DIY Drones factory

More pictures from the DIY Drones factory in San Diego. I mentioned before how important testing and QA is. The above picture shows how it's done: each product has a dedicated test jig, with spring-mounted pogo pins and a special…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2011 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

"Are we too reliant on GPS?"

Good article from O'Reilly Radar. It's worth reading it all, but here's the nut:

The core issue is that GPS technology has been built into many crucial infrastructure applications, from transportation systems…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2011 at 12:30pm — 35 Comments

Tour of the new (larger!) DIY Drones factory

The heart of the operation: the pick and place machine

 

A lot has changed since my last photo tour of the DIY Drones San Diego factory. We've moved next door to space more than twice as large…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 13, 2011 at 5:16pm — 17 Comments

ArduPilot Mega now available as an all-in-one kit

By popular demand, ArduPilot Mega is now available as an all-in-one kit for $250. It includes everything you need for a functioning autopilot with GPS, even including RC cables.

 

We'll soon be offering wireless…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 13, 2011 at 8:00am — 19 Comments

APM Mission Planner now loads firmware to the board--no Arduino required!

Finally, you can now use ArduPilot Mega without ever having to touch Arduino! Michael Oborne's terrific Mission Planner will now check for the latest code online and load the firmware…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 12, 2011 at 11:30am — 21 Comments

APM 2.0 beta released!

I'm delighted to announce the release of the first public beta of ArduPilot Mega 2.0. This is a significant upgrade to APM 1.02, and now delivers on full 2-way in-air communications, including…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 11, 2011 at 12:00am — 232 Comments

UAV-to-UAV midair refuelling simulation

From the video description:  "Northrop Grumman video showing its Proteus manned test aircraft (left) and a NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft (right) conducting the first simulated autonomous aerial refueling at high altitude. Proteus (acting the the tanker) and the Global Hawk (as the receiver - its the reverse of the normal way) flew as close as 40ft apart at an altitude of 45,000ft in a risk-reduction flight for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's…

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

New smartphone-to-RC board: BlinkRC

Here's a cool new product from the Maker Shed: Blink RC. It's a wifi-to-RC board, which can let you replace your RC gear with a smartphone or other wifi-enabled computer. From the announcement:

The…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 8, 2011 at 10:55am — 5 Comments

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