Chris Anderson's Blog – November 2009 Archive (25)

Does open source undermine innovation?

Krzysztof "Chris" Bosak made some important and interesting points regarding the effect of open source on the overall health of the industry in a comment on another thread yesterday, and I thought they deserved to be discussed more fully (although there are many good comments in that thread, and I'd encourage you to check out that, too). So I'll give them their own thread, starting with my own… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2009 at 6:30pm — 56 Comments

Most dangerous video of the month (personal heli)

Nothing to do with UAVs, but thought the heli guys would appreciate this one (found on Makezine): a personal helicopter/suicide device. Hope he keeps his head!… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2009 at 3:25pm — 10 Comments

No DIY Drones chat tonight...

We're taking two weeks off from the live chat/podcast while I'm travelling. Back on Sunday, December 13th

Added by Chris Anderson on November 29, 2009 at 7:11pm — 9 Comments

ArduIMU+ V2 on sale ($99)!

ArduIMU+ V2 (flat version) is now priced at $99, which is $30 less than its orginal price. It was already the cheapest IMU/AHRS on the market, but no there's no excuse not to get one (or more!)… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2009 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

Dealing with spammers on DIY Drones

Folks, you may have seen that the price of DIY Drones' increasing traffic and Page Rank is that the spammers are now targetting us pretty regularily. As a result, I've had to turn on moderation for blog posts. That means that when you post, it won't show up until a moderator (there are a couple dozen of them) approves it. Hopefully, that will always be within an hour. Sorry for the inconvinence!

(This doesn't affect the discussion forum, which the spammers don't seem to target)

Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2009 at 6:00am — 25 Comments

Cool new tracking antenna



Isobot has created a very cool tracking antenna to work with the ArduStation. Lasercut plexiglass and Lego wheels! Check out more pictures… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 27, 2009 at 10:12pm — 7 Comments

Arduino in the Wall Street Journal

Cool WSJ coverage of our chosen platform, which has won the open source hardware stakes so far. Excerpt:



"The Arduino represents an early entrant in the emerging open-source hardware movement, which like Linux and other open-source software projects is driven by the belief that allowing duplication is a better way to spur innovation than keeping designs… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 26, 2009 at 11:13pm — No Comments

New Arduino GPS shields from Sparkfun and Adafruit

A couple new GPS shields for Arduino have just come on the market.



The first is the Sparkfun GPS shield. It's a basic shield, which allows other shields to be stacked on it. No code is provided,… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 26, 2009 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Open Hardware Camp in London on Dec 4



ArduPilot and Paparazzi folks in the UK may be interested in attending this Open Hardware Camp. From… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 26, 2009 at 7:34am — 1 Comment

Reminder: last few days to enter the T3-3 contest

The deadline for the current T3 contest (break the Stanford UAV altitude record) is Sunday the 30th, and there's no better way to use your Thanksgiving days off (if you're in the US) than to enter. We already have a number of people who have broken the record (including, just today, Mark Griffin) and they'll all get prizes, with the top prize… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 26, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Location-aware, swattable helibot



Carnegie Mellon's SensorFly inlcudes a full IMU and an ultrasonic sensor in just 29 grams. Designed for interior autonomy and swarming. Impressive!



"The SensorFly is a novel low-cost controlled-mobile aerial sensor networking platform. A flock of these 29g autonomous helicopter nodes with communication, ranging and collaborative path determination capabilities, can be extremely… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2009 at 1:06pm — 5 Comments

Obama's new science education initiative features Blimpduino!

Yesterday, President Obama announced an “Educate to Innovate” campaign, including “National Lab Day” in the US. First among the projects… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2009 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

RobotC Version 2.0 now out

For those of you who, like me, love Lego Mindstorms as a robotics prototyping tools, good news. The best programming language for Mindstorms is Robot C, and it's just been upgraded to 2.0. (It's a free upload for registered users of the previous versions).



New features include:





* Tabbed Programming Interface – Multiple programs can be open at a single time.

* New… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 22, 2009 at 1:17pm — No Comments

In AUVSI mag: "Do Terrorists Want UAS, Too?"

There's a provocative piece in the current issue of the AUVSI's offical magazine, Umanned Systems. It asks how likely it it is that terrorists will use UAVs, which is as you might imagine is a question that comes up quite often for those of us in the open source UAV world,… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 22, 2009 at 12:30am — 13 Comments

DIY Drones live chat/podcast Sunday. Guest: Steve Morris of MLB

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Tomorrow (Sunday) night we'll do our regular podcast, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live above and commenting and asking questions via the DIY Drones… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 21, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Beta of AttoPilot GCS

The folks at Millswood Engineering have a beta of a groundstation for AttoPilot, reports Gary Mortimer at the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2009 at 10:13pm — 6 Comments

DIY Drones live chat/podcast tonight at 8:30pm PST

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Tonight (Sunday) we'll do our regular podcast, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live above and commenting and asking questions via the DIY Drones… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Excellent tear-down of an old military gyro



They don't make them like this anymore! Gorgeous manufacturing, but it's still a mystery how this old missile gyro actually works. Great step-by-step teardown here. I've got one of these and we… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 14, 2009 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Latest prototype of ArduStation Mega

The team designing the hardware groundstation for ArduPilot Mega is making great progress. Above is the latest case prototype from Scott Plunkett. Needless to say, there will be more buttons.… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 11, 2009 at 5:00pm — 26 Comments

Drones vs Pirates

From BotJunkie: "The US military is now using MQ-9 Reaper drones to track suspected pirate ships in the Indian ocean. That’s track, not attack, but the MQ-9 is specifically designed to carry weaponry, so it’s the logical next step. Throw some ninjas and zombies in there somehow, and we’ve got the greatest movie ever made." [via… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 11, 2009 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

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