Chris Anderson's Blog – May 2011 Archive (18)

DIY Drones passes 16,000 members

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here. We're now at 16,000 registered members. This site currently does nearly 40,000 page views a day, and around 1 million page views per month. Growth continues at nearly 100% annually. Thanks to everyone who makes this such a thriving… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on May 26, 2011 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

DIY Drones/3D Robotics T-shirts and Hoodies now available

By popular demand, those cool t-shirts and hoodies that the DIY Drones team wore to Maker Faire are now available in the store. They're black, but we'll be offering other colors in the future.

The t-shirt (…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 26, 2011 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

DARPA creating its own DIY Drones--"UAVForge"!!!

Holy crap. DARPA has just announced a project to use the DIY Drones model for the future of military UAVs. Called UAVForge, which is already up and running (although it crashes Firefox on my machine), it is described in the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2011 at 9:30am — 52 Comments

How to build a DIY brushless motor controller

Good clear explanation of the power side of a brushless motor control and how to build one here. Stay tuned there for a second post on the processor/code side. …



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Added by Chris Anderson on May 24, 2011 at 9:50pm — 5 Comments

DIY Drones team at Maker Faire

Maker Faire was awesome. More than 100,000 people attended over two days, and it felt like almost all of them came by the DIY Drones booth! We had 12 team members manning the booth, and it took all of us to handle the crowds, which were usually two or three deep. Our cool t-shirts and hoodies were as popular as our…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 23, 2011 at 10:00pm — 17 Comments

HobbyKing releasing KK Multicopter boards?

Speaking of Chinese companies selling open source hardware for half price, Multicopter News reports that HobbyKing is preparing to sell the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 20, 2011 at 2:00pm — 10 Comments

Automatically turn your 2D aerial imagery into 3D



From the Google Earth blog:

When discussing the new …

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 20, 2011 at 9:48am — 14 Comments

Who should be a beta tester?

We love our beta testers. They help us find bugs, fix them and test all those variations of hardware and configuration that no single dev team could test themselves. Much of the sucess of APM, ArduCopter and all the other DIY Drones projects is due to a large and incredibly supportive group of beta testers.

 

But…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 19, 2011 at 7:00pm — 18 Comments

Oxygen-breathing weaklings



Noting my comment in the NYT about humans being the "weak link in the chain", Sebastian Thrun (winner of DARPA robot road race and designers of Google's autonomous cars), reminded me of this classic from The Onion. Brilliantly… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on May 16, 2011 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Transformer bot turns from rover to heli





From IEEE Spectrum:

Designing a robot that can traverse variable terrain usually involves a number of unsatisfactory compromises. You can go with a flying robot, which will almost never get…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 16, 2011 at 10:40am — 7 Comments

Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition recap video



Great fun. The Sparkfun team did a terrific job of giving a flavor of this competition, from the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat, and all the crazy crashes inbetween.

 

It's full of DIY Drones team members, too, with Doug and Jason highlighted. Lots of great shots of Doug's catapult. The post is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 16, 2011 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

DIY Drones in the New York Times!

Very cool: The New York Times was at the Sparkfun competition and did a story on DIY Drones!

 

It will take me a while to live this quote down ;-) "“This is the future of aviation,”…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 15, 2011 at 7:29pm — 7 Comments

New DIY Drones product preview: the PhoneDrone board for Android!



I hinted that the DIY Drones team had been working…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 12, 2011 at 4:30pm — 61 Comments

Inverted pendulum quad now moves around, too



More coolness from the Vicon motion capture room at ETH Zurich:

 

From IEEE Spectrum:

The…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2011 at 10:55am — 11 Comments

Quad quads get coordinated, aggressive



Oh, to have a half-million-dollar Vicon motion capture system. Look at what you can do with it (in the lab)!

 

From IEEE Spectrum:

"The University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Lab, famous for those crazy quadrotors that can …

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 9, 2011 at 3:34pm — 9 Comments

"Cloud Robotics" at Google I/O

If anyone's going to Google's I/O conference this week in San Francisco, make sure to check out the "Cloud Robotics" session on Wed. You might see something interesting from the DIY Drones dev team ;-)

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 9, 2011 at 7:45am — 8 Comments

What it takes to create a full-featured UAV like ArduCopter 2

On the occasion of the first beta release of ArduCopter 2, I wanted to take a moment and talk about the teamwork that was required to get to this milestone.



There are many quadcopter projects out there, some of them excellent. But…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 8, 2011 at 10:30am — 17 Comments

APM 2 out of beta!

I'm delighted to announce that APM 2 is now out of beta! The current version is 2.1, and is both available in the downloads section of the code repository (for those who want to play with the code), or can just be…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2011 at 8:27am — 33 Comments

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