Chris Anderson's Blog – April 2014 Archive (25)

Stats on most popular Sparkfun AVC vehicles (APM #1 for both flying and ground vehicles)

In the lead-up to this year's Autonomous Vehicle Competition, Sparkfun just posted the stats for last year's AVC:

Last year we asked participants to give us a list of the major parts they used in their vehicle…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 30, 2014 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Phantom clone running APM

This is actually pretty cool. The Cheerson CX-20 Phantom clone ($330 at Banggood) uses an APM clone flight controller,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2014 at 12:39pm — 24 Comments

BeaglePilot: APM on Beaglebone Black/Linux

We've been dropping hints about the forthcoming Linux-based versions of APM/Pixhawk. Here's another glimpse of the future, using the forthcoming Pixhawk Fire "cape" (like an Arduino shield) for Beaglebone Black.  Victor Mayoral Vilches explains the BeaglePilot project, which is a Linux-based autopilot for flying…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2014 at 10:30am — 16 Comments

Porting APM to Linux

Andrew Tridgell (Tridge), one of the lead APM/Pixhawk developers, gave a speech in January on the process of porting the code to Linux, which is now well underway (more details soon).  This is a great overview of the approach the dev team took on this and what it enables. 

Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2014 at 4:52pm — 13 Comments

Oculus Rift head-tracked video on a drone

Not sure how much stereoscopic effect you can get from the air. 

We did the same last year with Oculus Rift from a plane (see below), and it just looked like regular FPV.

 

Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2014 at 2:30pm — 13 Comments

CMU's Sebastian Scherer on the path to truly autonomous rotorcraft

This is a really interesting lecture on the challenges and progress towards truly autonomous rotorcraft, which Scherer defines as aircraft that do not follow pre-programmed missions but instead dynamically change their paths depending on obstacle and objectives determined in flight. 

This is the path that the APM/Pixhawk project is on, too, and the introduction of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2014 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

Amateur drone video of 777 airliner landing leads to investigation

The Canadian regulators are rightly investigating the above video, which seems shockingly irresponsible. From Global News:

VANCOUVER – More than five months after a YouTube video was first published, concerns are growing…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2014 at 1:48pm — 22 Comments

New Spektrum drive-by-wire RC car controller

AVC (Active Vehicle Control) is a very interesting new product from Spektrum: a RC car controller that adds driver-assist intelligence, including heading hold and throttle assist. The interactive website demo is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Latest musical drone composition from Kmel

Oh, the cool things you can do when you have a Vicon motion capture room!

Added by Chris Anderson on April 23, 2014 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Paper-thin Arduino for a DIY blimp

From Makezine:

Want to build your own blimp? The folks at Ynvisible show you how to do just that with balloons, helium, balsa wood, paperclips, motors, and Printoo, …

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2014 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Self-learning copter uses neural networks

From Hackaday:

Though this project uses an RC helicopter, it’s merely a vessel to demonstrate a fascinating …

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2014 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally

From ABC News in Denver:

DENVER - The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that it…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2014 at 10:48am — 47 Comments

"Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"

From Quartz

Last October, Ridley Scott and more than a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2014 at 9:47pm — 12 Comments

How we do autopilot vibration-testing at 3DR labs

This is a quick demo of how we vibration-test our next-gen autopilots at 3D Robotics labs. Two big bass speakers are programmed to generate vibrations at a range of frequencies, and the autopilots are mounted on a structure that's driven by them in two dimensions. We then measure the output from the autopilots to look for aliasing and harmonics, which helps us design the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — 13 Comments

Ohio drone user charged for obstructing an accident scene

From the Associated Press:

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 15, 2014 at 10:06am — 45 Comments

Gumstix releases PX4-compatible Linux flight controller board

Thanks to Chris Crews in the forums, a new AeroCore from Gumstix.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 14, 2014 at 4:51pm — 27 Comments

Google buys Titan Aerospace (solar powered, high-altitude drones)

From TechCrunch:

Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 14, 2014 at 11:26am — 4 Comments

FAA vs Search-and-Rescue drones

From IEEE Spectrum:

Gene Robinson of Wimberly, Texas, is a licensed pilot and also flies radio-controlled model airplanes—not an unusual combination. About a decade ago, he realized that a model aircraft outfitted to take aerial photos could be enormously useful in locating people who have gone missing—perhaps because they’ve been…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2014 at 1:10pm — 21 Comments

Insanely big multicopter (?) lifts off

No video, sadly. From Gizmag:

Following on from driving tests that wound up in December last year, the Black…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2014 at 12:39pm — 19 Comments

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