Chris Anderson's Blog – April 2013 Archive (14)

Hidden camera investigation finds illegal commercial drone use in US

From an Indiana TV station. There is some really bad stuff here, including this: "When he did not know he was speaking to a reporter, Spencer said he could fly at any altitude that a customer would want.  He said he "wasn't supposed to" fly above 400 feet,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2013 at 10:30pm — 16 Comments

EFF proposes dummy towns for FAA drone testing

From Mashable:

Last year, as part of Congress' mandate to prepare the American airspace for the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 24, 2013 at 10:12pm — 4 Comments

HBR: Don't Let Politics Shoot Down Potential of Domestic Drones

Good piece from Harvard Business Review. Excerpts:

Mass-market drones clearly hold…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 23, 2013 at 9:20am — 5 Comments

Parrot AR.Drone app removed from Apple App Store due to patent issues

From sUASNews:

French manufacturers of the worlds most popular UA have plainly run into problems.

They issued a statement yesterday:-

AR.Freeflight 2.2 was…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 10, 2013 at 8:45am — 39 Comments

PETA getting their own drones

I'm sure this will end well...

From …

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 8, 2013 at 5:26pm — 9 Comments

AUVSI: "There's nothing unmanned about unmanned systems". Huh?

I'm a loyal AUVSI (Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) member, but this is just sad. In an effort to distance the industry from public perceptions around the word "drone" at a congressional hearing last week, …

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 7, 2013 at 4:00pm — 21 Comments

The OpenRC project (3D-printable RC components)

From TechCrunch:

If you’re into 3D printable stuff, or into remote-control cars, then the OpenRC Project is for you. A gentleman in Sweden named …

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2013 at 9:54pm — 8 Comments

"San Diego and Tijuana Work Together To Become Global Drone Hub"

From ABC News:

San Diego is joining forces with Tijuana to become the center of the burgeoning drone…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 5, 2013 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

California city votes on banning drones in residential areas

Technically, use over residential areas is already disallowed by the FAA and has been for decades, but some communities are hoping to take matters in their own hands.

From USA…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 5, 2013 at 9:07am — 7 Comments

"Drones will save us, drones will destroy us"

Faa-drone-applicants-map

FAA map showing all the states where agencies have applied to be one of six drone test sites picked by end 2013.

Report on a FAA request for public comment on domestic UAV integration from The Verge:

Citizens…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 4, 2013 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

Agricultural drones for weed control

From Robots.net:

Precision Agriculture is a hot topic these days as researchers look for ways to reduce the massive amounts of chemicals that are currently sprayed on food crops. A…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 3, 2013 at 8:45pm — 10 Comments

Optical flow for Sparkfun AVC rover

Good luck to him. I tried this a couple years ago and found it way too noisy to work. Perhaps he'll find a way.

From …

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 3, 2013 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

Ionic Thrusters for Drone Propulsion?

Ionic thrusters use high voltage to ionize air and create an airflow, which in the right configuation can create thrust with no moving parts. I've tried an experiment like the above, and barely generated enough lift to raise a little balsa and aluminum foil off a table, but MIT says they can do far…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 3, 2013 at 2:25pm — 23 Comments

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