Chris Anderson's Blog – April 2015 Archive (17)

Enrollment climbing in college drone training programs





From Ars Technica:

On the night of May 4, 2007, a tornado classified as a 5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale reached the town of Greensburg, Kansas. Within 20 minutes, the storm ravaged 95 percent of the city’s…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2015 at 12:42pm — 3 Comments

Construction drone company uses Pixhawk-powered tech

Construction drone company using Pixhawk-powered technology gets a nice write-up in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2015 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Yet another "PhoneDrone" concept hits Kickstarter

Ah, the idea of using a phone as an actual drone controller. We keep coming back to that one every year or so, dating all the way back to my first cellphone autopilot (using Windows CE!) in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2015 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Perceptiv Labs image-tracking upgrade for IRIS+ now taking preorders

Perceptive Labs is now taking pre-orders for SHIFT, which uses computer vision to do optical tracking. It supports Pixhawk, the IRIS+ and the DJI Phantom.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 26, 2015 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Really moving BBC video on the Syria Airlift project, using APM drones to deliver aid

Regardless of your views on Middle East conflict, everyone in this community should feel very proud after watching this video, showing APM-powered planes used for humanitarian aid. Mark Jacobsen at the Syria Airlift Project is inspiring, and I personally will be backing his work.  

The power to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2015 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

New APM clones look just like DJI Nazas ;-)

It's like the best of both worlds! APM software with a familiar white GPS puck and nice wasp-waist controller box. Just $98 at…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2015 at 11:57am — 72 Comments

A tribute to the hacker origins of MultiWii

Hackaday gives a well-deserved call-out to the creators of the MultiWii project:

With more than five years down the road in this successful hack, [Alexinparis] and his pioneering…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2015 at 8:34pm — 4 Comments

A glimpse of the scene at the 3DR booth at NAB

The crowds for one of the demos of the new LIDAR/Optical flow position hold. Works great and SO much better than sonar, since it can handle any surface, indoors and out. The same tech can be used for precision landing on designated markers.

You get a prize if you can beat our team at ping…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 14, 2015 at 8:00pm — 18 Comments

Full Solo launch video

Epic job by the 3DR video team. They got their Ridley Scott on ;-)

Added by Chris Anderson on April 13, 2015 at 10:51pm — 30 Comments

Dronecode Conference presentations posted

On March 23rd in San Jose, we had the first DroneCode conference, as part of the Embedded Linus Conference. Above is just the first meeting of official DroneCode members (mostly…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 13, 2015 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

BBC replaces Top Gear with "Airheads", a DIY Drones show

From the Guardian (via sUAS News):

A new drone-building series called Airheads is due to air on Sunday nights on BBC2 in the key …

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 12, 2015 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

Masters Golf coverage by drone

masters 16th hole

Augusta National – Masters Tournament 16th hole as seen by a drone

From HookedOnGolf:

Over the last couple of years now I’ve gotten deep into aerial photos and videos via unmanned aerial vehicles, known by most as drones.  I’ve build some aerial video/photo “ships” and am loving the angles and views I can capture of golf…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 12, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

The long road to a robot dragonfly

Those of you who backed the Robot Dragonfly on Indiegogo back in 2012 may not have received anything yet, but you have had the experience of watching the team learn just how hard it is to make a flapping-wing drone. It's nearly two years late and still a long way to go, but at least they have…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 10, 2015 at 4:42pm — 9 Comments

FAA: We won't ask people to take down YouTube drone videos

Remember when a regional FAA inspector told a guy to take down his YouTube drone video? As we expected, that was a whoops. The FAA has now…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 10, 2015 at 2:55pm — 4 Comments

The latest on insect-inspired optical flow navigation from The Economist

We've been using optical flow boards for a long time, and you'll soon see it become standard equipment on 3DR gear, but that's just for simple functions such as "station-keeping" without GPS and improved landing and terrain…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 5, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Integrating drones with Maya video camera/effects control

A very interesting proof of concept on the integration of Pixhawk-powered drones with the Hollywood-standard Maya software. This point is to both integrate real drone video with CG and ultimately export Maya camera paths as drone waypoint missions, as shown in the PaperDrone project. From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 2, 2015 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

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