Chris Anderson's Blog – December 2015 Archive (19)

Glimpse of what Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight board will enable next year

Qualcomm, a 3DR investor, has released a sneak peek of what it will be showing at CES next week. 3DR will be also displaying in the Qualcomm booth. Draw your own conclusions ;-)

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 31, 2015 at 2:18pm — 26 Comments

PX4 1.1 release + Android support for QGroundControl

Congrats to the Dronecode/PX4 team for a series of new releases.

The PX4 1.1 code is now out with these new…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 24, 2015 at 2:16pm — 7 Comments

The economics of drone delivery

Does drone delivery make economic sense? The answer, in this good analysis at Flexport by Dan Wang, is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 24, 2015 at 10:16am — 10 Comments

Dronecode membership grows almost 3x this year

We're adding Dronecode members faster than we can update the website ;-) We'll be at nearly 50 companies by the end of the year, a three-fold increase since this time last year. Great work is being…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 23, 2015 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Latest stats on US drone imports and falling prices

It's hard to get accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive statistics on the drone industry, but Quartz has done an admirable job of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 23, 2015 at 9:10am — 3 Comments

Where does private land end and public airspace begin?

Good article from Scientific American on the jurisdictional conflicts between private land and public airspace: who owns the air 400 ft above your house?

On the evening of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 22, 2015 at 4:46pm — 6 Comments

Impressive web services interface for ROS

From the ROS blog (The Open Source Robotics Foundation, which makes ROS, is part of Dronecode).

I have developed ROS Web Services to provide new abstractions to ROS using SOAP and REST Web services.…
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Added by Chris Anderson on December 22, 2015 at 4:14pm — 1 Comment

World Championship skier almost hit by crashing drone

Super scary. Those big drones should not be operated around people, even in a professional sports context.

More details here

Added by Chris Anderson on December 22, 2015 at 3:40pm — 56 Comments

Mexican drug cartels spoofing GPS to confuse border drones

From DefenseOne (note: we're posting this…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 22, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Swarming Solos over Berkeley

Just a teaser from this week's 3DR hackathon: swarming Solos running ROS doing and autonomous lightshows in the skies over Berkeley. You can script the geometries (circles, with moving center points and radius, and any other shapes) and the AI allocates the drones accordingly to populate the shapes and avoid each other. Much more soon!

Added by Chris Anderson on December 18, 2015 at 10:30pm — 8 Comments

3DR Aero and X8 now $350 off

Both 3DR ready-to-fly drones are now $999 ($350 off). 

The Aero provides 40 minutes of Pixhawk-powered autonomous flight housed in a sturdy and customized Skywalker airframe. The efficient and reliable propulsion system is based on the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 13, 2015 at 1:43pm — 9 Comments

Using an IRIS+ to capture VR for a Chinese theme park ride

Very interesting article in 3D Artist magazine about how the legendary effects house Tippett Studios (Jurassic Park series, Robocop, Matrix, etc), used a 3DR IRIS+ to capture 3D imagery in China to create a GC theme park…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 12, 2015 at 9:37pm — 1 Comment

Low-cost Pixhawk-compatible RTK GPS from Tersus

Cool new lost-cost RTK GPS from Tersus. Pixhawk compatible. From the team:

L1/L2 dual frequency, high end: $799,

L1 only (UBLOX M8 inside) with in-house software RTK and IMU;…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 12, 2015 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Announcing robot_blocky, a web-based block programming tools for ROS and Dronecode robots

From the ROS blog, a post by the Erle Robotics team announcing a simple programming toolkit for ROS and Dronecode-based robots.

For the…
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Added by Chris Anderson on December 12, 2015 at 4:36pm — 6 Comments

Post-flight re-creation and real-time monitoring for 3DR drones

From a great discussion group post by DroneRanger:

I have been working to implement a plugin for STK (Systems Tool Kit) for importing a flight…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 12, 2015 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Great use of the Donecode/Solo platform in Enterpriise

From Scientific Aerospace, makers of the Cyberquad, comes a new product that makes great use of the Solo platform: Same Solo controller and internals, but repackaged in a powerful Enterprise mapping…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 12, 2015 at 9:06am — 7 Comments

Using computer vision and human crowdsourcing to spot disaster damage

Interesting post from Patrick Meier at iRevolutions

Recent scientific research has…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 6, 2015 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

ROS support for Swiftnav Piksi RTK GPS

From the ROS blog:

I'm pleased to announce the release of ROS documentation and source code for…
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Added by Chris Anderson on December 4, 2015 at 12:47am — 2 Comments

Drone claw project on Kickstarter

Okay, despite my Kickstarter scepticism, I'm totally backing this one

Mantis is a beautifully engineered lightweight accessory which allows your quad or drone to automatically grab and lift small objects. Use it to salvage lost or…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 3, 2015 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

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