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Congrats to the Aerotenna team for winning sense and avoid competition!

I love this young and smart team, who came out of University of Kansas and are doing very cool work with FPGAs.  From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 11, 2016 at 10:23am — 14 Comments

New software for Reach RTK

I love both the EMLID Navio 2 autopilot add-on for Raspberry Pi and the Reach RTK GPS. But the latter was a bit hard to use initially, so this news is very welcome: they've now released a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 10, 2016 at 12:09pm — 3 Comments

Intel's Aero drone development platform coming next month

I'm excited about this, not least because Aero will support the Dronecode stack out of the box. From PC World:

Intel in December…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 9, 2016 at 7:07pm — 22 Comments

Some good (painful) physics lessons in trying to put a 360 video rig under a drone

"9 Lessons Learned from Attaching a Super Heavy, Custom Rig to a Quadcopter": A very interesting post from Makezine and how to attach things to drones:

Recently, a company called …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 9, 2016 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Details of this weekend's Self Racing Cars hackathon in Berkeley

For those in the SF Bay Area and interested in the DIY autonomous car scene (which I'm also part of), here's the latest on our hackathon this weekend

Self Driving Racers, 

Carl, Joshua and I are looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday (10:00am - 3:00pm) in Berkeley for the meetup/hackathon. Here's some information to help you prepare and otherwise make the most of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 8, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Next-generation FPGA flight controllers coming

Interesting preview of a very powerful new autopilot from Aerotenna: 

The Revolutionary SoC Flight Controller…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2016 at 9:10pm — 14 Comments

Disney bringing Intel Shooting Stars "drone fireworks" to its parks

From CNET

The Federal Aviation Administration last week granted Disney a waiver so it can show off its amazing drone skills in the Orlando and Anaheim parks. Not a company known to wait well, it's already …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2016 at 7:50pm — 2 Comments

First rounds of Formula Pi autonomous car races

FormulaPi, the remote RaspberryPi-based racing series has started, and it's proving both very interesting and further evidence that vision-based navigation is hard, even on a well-marked track. 

Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2016 at 12:44pm — No Comments

World's tiniest drone has just one prop

Super impressive control implementation to make this work. From Popular Mechanics:

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2016 at 10:47am — No Comments

Erle Robotics (makers of Elre Brain and PXFmini) acquired by Acutronic

Congrats to Victor Mayoral and the rest of the Erle team for a successful acquisition by Acutronic.  From Victor's story on the company's beginnings and latest deal: …

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 31, 2016 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

GoPro Karma teardown

Interesting glimpse of the single-board design. Impressive that he get it back together again afterwards!

Added by Chris Anderson on October 30, 2016 at 8:11pm — 2 Comments

Using AI to design a drone frame

This render from Fusion 360 features the Hooligan 1000, with an additional thruster and rotors set at 30-degree pitch for optimal thrust. The final design may change based on the results of Autodesk Dreamcatcher. / Credit: Eli D'Elia, Autodesk

From Core77:

Someday in the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 29, 2016 at 9:09am — 14 Comments

New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini

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The wait is over! We are proud to introduce the next generation 3DR autopilot, Pixhawk Mini. Pixhawk Mini is an upgraded Pixhawk designed in collaboration with HobbyKing and optimized to run the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 27, 2016 at 8:48pm — 118 Comments

Towards ROS-native drones

From Victor Mayoral:

Announcing alpha support for the PX4 flight stack in a path towards drones that speak ROS natively.

The drones field is an interesting one to analyze from a robotics perspective. While…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 26, 2016 at 11:23pm — 1 Comment

Using Microsoft Azure cloud to make a face-finding, voice controlled drone

Very nice use of the Microsoft Azure cloud AI APIs to make a AR.Drone do some pretty magic stuff. Excerpt from the full O'Reilly post, which has the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 25, 2016 at 7:29am — 4 Comments

Final Sparkfun AVC 2016 recap video -- Power Wheels and autonomous Power Wheels

From Sparkfun:

Let’s savor our final look back at AVC 2016: It’s time for the final recap video for the Power Racing Series and Autonomous Power Racing Series events! If you enjoy watching full-grown adults in costumes strap themselves to souped-up Power Wheels…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 24, 2016 at 10:02am — No Comments

The flying umbrella project

That's a tough controls problem! From Popular Science:

The sight of flying umbrellas, changing altitude with a fluttering rhythm, looks more like an animated Disney scene than graduate work by a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 24, 2016 at 9:21am — 3 Comments

DIY Drones at 81,000 members (and Ning update)

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 81,000 members!

This year our hosting network, Ning, has been through a lot, including horrible performance issues in the first part of the year that…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 16, 2016 at 8:53am — 4 Comments

Airbus Cargo Drone using Dronecode/PX4 stack

Team prepares quarter-scale drone for takeoff.

From the Local Motors blog, a report from the first bench testing of the 1/4 scale prototype of the Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge winner, which will debut at the Commercial…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 14, 2016 at 12:30pm — 29 Comments

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