Chris Anderson's Blog – March 2014 Archive (17)

Flocking drones fall into line by themselves

From Slate:

Swarming in the evening sky over a field, 10 quadcopters were instructed to form a circle. They are designed to communicate with one another to fly cooperatively, like birds in a flock, and they fell into line, each knowing its neighbor's position. The technology is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2014 at 3:47pm — 10 Comments

Just $1,000 to go (in one day) to get real lasers with LIDAR-Lite!

The cool LIDAR-Lite rangefinder project hit their base goal and are now just $1,000 away from their stretch goal of $75,000. If they hit that they'll switch the LEDs in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 29, 2014 at 11:30am — 31 Comments

Facebook buying solar drone maker

A few weeks ago it was rumored that Facebook would buy Titan Aerospace for long-duration solar-powered drones to provide Internet access in the developing world. Today, however, the company announced that it was actually…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 27, 2014 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

Control a fleet of drones with Salesforce

This is a very cool hack by Reid Carlberg, using two Parrot AR.Drones, three Raspberry Pis and the Salesforce1 Mobile App. See the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 21, 2014 at 12:38pm — 7 Comments

PocketDrone ends Kickstarter campaign with nearly $1 million raised

Congrats to AirDroids, who's PocketDrone Kickstarter campaign raised nearly $1 million. Delighted to see another APM platform company hit it big! From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2014 at 6:34pm — 14 Comments

Great Smithsonian article on Conservation Drones and Falcon UAV anti-poaching work

Congrats to Conservation Drones and Falcon UAV for the great coverage in Smithsonian Mag!

The forest…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2014 at 6:28pm — 4 Comments

Update on drone insurance

Good piece on the beginnings of a market to ensure drone operators, from DroneReport. Excerpts:

There is no federal…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

ABC Denver News: "Drone drifts away in skies over Denver; owner posts 'missing' flyers around city"

Worth watching the video of the ABC Denver news report of a drone flyaway (it was a Storm Drone 6 with a DJI Naza controller).  A screenshot of DIY Drones makes an appearance ;-) I can't embed the video, but you can watch it …

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 11, 2014 at 6:35pm — 33 Comments

LIDAR-Lite, a cool $79 laser rangefinder for autolanding and terrain following, near crowdfunding target

With ten days to go, the LIDAR-Lite laser rangefinder project is just $5,000 from its crowdfunding goal (it's 91% funded). Now's the time to back it and put them over the top!

I love this project (I've backed it) and we're integrating it into the APM code. Along with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 10, 2014 at 3:00pm — 25 Comments

WaveCopter: a DIY APM-powered waterproofed copter

From Makezine, great instructions on how to build a waterproof copter with PVC pipe elements:

WAVEcopter is a fully waterproof multicopter frame that I have constructed mostly from…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 8, 2014 at 1:30pm — 11 Comments

Commercial drones are legal in the US, court rules [UPDATE: FAA appeals]

Update 3/7: The FAA has appealed

From …

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 7, 2014 at 5:18pm — 50 Comments

Amazing quadcopter prop-loss recovery

Via IEEE Spectrum, who reports "ETH Zurich has taken that …

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 5, 2014 at 3:38pm — 10 Comments

APM-powered Rhino anti-poaching drone project on Kickstarter

From Kickstarter, an APM-powered fixed wing drone project: I've backed it!

An international student team (Team AREND) is collaborating to compete in the Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 4, 2014 at 8:44am — 3 Comments

Facebook buying drone maker Titan Aerospace

From TechCrunch:

Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 3, 2014 at 8:55pm — 12 Comments

Lego drone on Kickstarter

I got my start back in 2007 making a Lego Mindstorms autopilot, so I've always had a soft spot for Lego and Drones. Now there's a Lego…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 1, 2014 at 5:04pm — 3 Comments

Drone Flyers in Austin: fly with MAKE next weekend at SWSX

From Make:

MAKE is excited to head to Texas next week for one of the best events of the year, and we’re hoping to get more of the homegrown drone…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 1, 2014 at 12:15pm — No Comments

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