Chris Anderson's Blog – November 2011 Archive (15)

DIY Drones member creates new CAD program

Check out Shapesmith, a brower-based open source parametric modeling program created by DIY Drones member Benjamin Nortier. As explains in this…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2011 at 11:59am — 4 Comments

Unmanned heli lands on a moving trailer

From Robots.net:

In preparation for the upcoming real sea-trials, Boeing’s unmanned helicopter (based on a modified MD530F ‘little bird’) successfully landed on a moving platform towed by a truck. The project is under contract by the French armaments agency (DGA) and major…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2011 at 9:23am — 4 Comments

DIY Drones in new MAKE Kit Guide

Make Magazine has a great new special issue on kits, which includes an interview with me on all the lessons on what not to do that I learned in the early days of DIY Drones (before we started 3D Robotics to do it…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 19, 2011 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

AeroVironment Hummingbird on the cover of Time

From a Time blog post on the photographer: 

New York photographer Jamie Chung spent two and a half weeks shooting the Hummingbird—among a handful of other inventions,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

"Drone Journalism Arrives"

 

The New York Times has picked up on the theme we were discussing last week, of amateurs using UAVs (or FPV aircraft) to monitor police activity at protests. 

 

An important point raised…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2011 at 7:45am — 47 Comments

Follow the progress of the Wave Glider UUVs on Google Earth

Wave glider robots await launch from San Francisco in this first expedition blog post in Google Earth.

 

From the Google Earth blog:

Join a journey of discovery…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2011 at 6:25am — 5 Comments

Visualize your PCBs in SketchUp

Hackaday brings news of a cool and easy way to visualize your PCBs, which is a weak point in Eagle:

"It's a software package called EagleUp that will import your Eagle…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 16, 2011 at 3:15pm — 7 Comments

Arduino 023 released

Arduino 023 is now available here. It looks like it's just a maintenance release before the big 1.0 release

 

Changes:

 

* Added .inf files for R3 boards. 
* Updated to optiboot 4.4. 
* Included combined…
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Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2011 at 5:47pm — 1 Comment

UAVs can be used to watch the watchers, too



People tend to assume that UAVs will be used by the police to keep watch on us, but as this video, taken by a RoboKopter of riots in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 14, 2011 at 9:51pm — 35 Comments

Colorado radio program on civilian UAV use

Good 30-min program with a set of interviews with people doing everything from bird monitoring to search and rescue in Colorado. Aircraft range from a 4ft Cessna model to a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 13, 2011 at 9:15pm — 1 Comment

IMAV 2011 highlights

From IEEE Spectrum:

 

The International Micro Aerial Vehicle Conference/Competition took place back in September, and unfortunately, we couldn't make it…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 10, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Restarting the T3 Contest: Now with copters!

Two and half years ago, we started the T3 (Trust Time Trial) Contest here at DIY Drones. The idea was simple: give people a mission to accomplish, on their own field and on their own time. They would record the telemetry, and submit a KML file with the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2011 at 11:00pm — 119 Comments

Tour of the new 3D Robotics factory

I was in San Diego on Thursday to speak at the AUVSI's Unmanned Systems Interoperability Conference and to do a Bloomberg TV segment on 3D Robotics/DIY Drones. This was a good opportunity to tour the new factory, which is now in its own 10,000 square…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 5, 2011 at 3:00pm — 48 Comments

Open source infrared camera control

From Hackaday(needless to say, this design isn't quite right for UAV use, since the battery wouldn't be needed, but it's close:

 

Here are the guts of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 4, 2011 at 12:57pm — 2 Comments

Meet the Developers: "Hazy" (Xiaojiang Huang)

Here's one of my favorite stories about the power of community. In May this year, it was reported here that Chinese companies were making and selling APM clones, and had even translated the manual into Chinese. People wanted to know what we were going to do to stop this "piracy", but I pointed out that such derivative designs were both…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 1, 2011 at 9:30pm — 11 Comments

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