Chris Anderson's Blog – December 2009 Archive (29)

New IMU from Sparkfun; soon to be an AHRS with DIY Drones

Sparkfun has just released an "9DoF" Razor IMU board ($125) with an Atmega328, three flat gyros, a three-axis accelerometer and a three-axis magnetometer (no GPS input). This is… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 31, 2009 at 10:30am — 27 Comments

Sneak peak of new AttoPilot Ground Station software



Ios has a cool post on RCG with some preview images of the forthcoming AttoPilot Ground Station. Here's a teaser:…



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Added by Chris Anderson on December 30, 2009 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Awesome UAV cutaways from FlightGlobal



The year-end wrapups reminded me to check out FlightGlobal's excellent UAV cutaways. We're highlighted a few in the past, but it's worth… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 30, 2009 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

This is why we picked Arduino--it's taking over the world!

A fun analysis by Sparkfun on the world domination of Arduino over the past couple years. More people are searching for it than even the once-dominant Microchip (maker of the PIC chips). No… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 30, 2009 at 1:00am — 22 Comments

Ten tips for getting your Makerbot to work

So, my Makerbot is now working. It took some doing. My first complete build is shown--a Darth Vader helmet, which worked pretty well for a first try. But as you can see, I've still got some tuning to do.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 28, 2009 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

No podcast/livechat tonight

Due to our guest being under the weather, we won't have our live podcast tonight. But join us next Sunday at the regular time for a podcast with NASA UAV team leader Chad Frost. Should be a good one!

Added by Chris Anderson on December 27, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

New Open Source brushless motor controller

Here's a new open source brushless ESC project, designed for quadcopters. Uses an Atmega processor. More on the creator's blog… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 27, 2009 at 11:34am — 15 Comments

Finally, a working Osprey-like RC model?

GAUI TG-609 from Michael Yang on Vimeo.

The civilian version of the Osprey V22 tilt rotor is the TG-609. Such a vertical take off, fixed wing flight platform has long been a UAV dream, but it's proven too tricky for RC modeling to date. Now Gaui seems to have cracked the code. After more than… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 22, 2009 at 11:54pm — 8 Comments

Real Time Operating Systems for autopilots [UPDATED]

If you've been following Tom Pyke's progress on his impressive Gluonpilot, you will have seen that he's implementing it with a realtime operating system (RTOS), rather than programming "straight to the iron" the way most autopilots are done, to gain maximum control over interrupts, timing and the like. He's using a relatively powerful dsPIC chip, which can handle the overhead of the RTOS (I think he's using FreeRTOS, but I've… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2009 at 10:00pm — 20 Comments

$30 laser rangefinder!

Cool news for those interested in SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) for indoors robotics. From Hizook:



"A commercially-available… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2009 at 1:30pm — 11 Comments

DIY Drones live chat/podcast tonight at 9:00pm PST with MIT quadcopter team

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Tonight (Sunday) we'll do podcast #12, 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 December 20, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Who knew? Marilyn Monroe got her start making drones

From the latest AUVSI magazine, Unmanned Systems, comes a fascinating article about the early history of UAVs, then target drones. An excerpt (issue is not online):



"Radioplane Co.… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 19, 2009 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

Commercial antenna tracker unit ($90)

Here's a good looking ground antenna tracking unit with pan and tilt servos for $90.



From the product description:



"Antenna pan/tilt assembly kit designed to work with the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 18, 2009 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

iRobot co-founder's new UAV company to do bridge inspections

Helen Greiner, the co-founder of iRobot who left last year to start her own company, has announced their first project: a bridge-inspecting UAV, for which it has won a $2.4 million… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 17, 2009 at 10:46pm — 2 Comments

New quadcopter from Australian firm

From Wired's Danger Room blog: "Last month, an Australian company, Cyber Technology (WA) Pty Ltd, used a drone with ducted fans in an actual operation. Their… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 17, 2009 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments

"Drone pilot burnout"

This year's New York Times Magazine Year in Ideas reminded me of a good one from last year's edition: "Drone Pilot Burnout", described as follows:



"On its face, it seems like the less stressful… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2009 at 12:58am — 14 Comments

Other amateur UAV communities

For those of you who just can't enough amateur UAV info, here are some other communities worth adding to your reading list:



--RC Groups UAV forum: This is the grandfather of UAV discussion forums and the second biggest after DIY Drones.



--RC Universe UAV forum: Not as active as RC Groups, but still worth… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 15, 2009 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

MIT's Eric von Hippel on open innovation models

Famed MIT open innovation researcher Eric von Hippel has a new paper out on open innovation models, of… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 14, 2009 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

Booz: New Paparazzi project for quadcopters

Over at RC Groups, there's an interesting thread about Booz, a new Quad Rotor UAV project that uses some of the Paparazzi code as its base.



They write:



"This thread will be a place for all… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 13, 2009 at 11:35pm — 15 Comments

DIY Drones live chat/podcast tonight at 9:00pm PST

Free video streaming by Ustream



Tonight (Sunday) we'll do our tenth 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 December 13, 2009 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

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