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New FAA report predicts "explosive growth" of UAVs

A new report from the US FAA predicts that UAVs will be "the most dynamic sector in aviation". From the press release:

A key portion of the…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 26, 2016 at 10:01pm — 5 Comments

Who knew? This is the Parrot CEO's daughter

Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux (below) is amazing in many ways, but here's one you might not have known. He's the father of Lea Seydoux, the Bond girl in Spectre. The film is just so-so, but she's the best part of it, playing (appropriately) the…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 22, 2016 at 5:00pm — 11 Comments

Sparkfun's AVC adds autonomous go-karts -- with helpless human passengers

It's sad that Sparkfun removed the aerial category from the AVC, but the silver lining is that this year they've added an totally insane new category: autonomous go-karts with humans aboard who can't steer.  I love the motto: "Trust your code? Prove it."



Added by Chris Anderson on March 21, 2016 at 9:47pm — 5 Comments

Painting buildings with drones

From TechInsider:

Florida-based startup Apellix developed a prototype unmanned aerial system that can potentially paint homes or ships, apply chemicals, or pressure wash windows. It's called the "Worker Bee."

Company founder Robert…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 20, 2016 at 8:34am — 4 Comments

Inexpensive time-of-flight sensor for sense and avoid

We've been evaluating this on Pixhawk-based platforms, and it's a performing well. Best used with other sensors, such as cameras, but a lot better than just sonar. 



Added by Chris Anderson on March 18, 2016 at 1:53pm — 12 Comments

Pixhawk-compatible scanning LIDAR on Kickstarter.

This uses an updated version of the LIDAR-Lite sensor on a rotating mount. $245 is an impressive price -- backed!

From the Kickstarter…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 16, 2016 at 11:06am — 21 Comments

Design files for IRIS+ now open source

Good news for IRIS+ fans. We've released the CAD files as STLs, so you can 3D print any replacement parts you need for free, including improved versions of the legs that are 50% lighter and require less support when printing. …


Added by Chris Anderson on March 15, 2016 at 1:30pm — 35 Comments

VTOL plane based on ETH research now coming to market

If you saw Rafaello D'Andrea's amazing TED talk from a few weeks ago, you will have been impressed by how his team solved the problem of controlling VTOL aircraft in the vertical position with just two props (VTOL aircraft are notoriously prone to…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 15, 2016 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

New Solo update adds Burst Mode, improved FollowMe. Also: DroneKit Python 2.0!

3DR has just released an update to the Solo app on iOS and Android that adds a new GoPro Burst camera mode as well as improved FollowMe functionality (see below). This continues a monthly feature/performance update schedule that is adding a ton of new funtionality. Next month's software update will…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2016 at 1:00pm — 13 Comments

ParaZero announces safety parachute for Solo

From the ParaZero press release:

TEL AVIV, Israel – March, 2016 – ParaZero, a startup that has developed a safety solution for all aerial systems such as UAVs and drones, publicly unveiled its…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2016 at 10:43am — 5 Comments

Become a DIY Drones moderator!

One of the great things about this community is that it's very active but still keeps high standards of civility and a good signal-to-noise ratio. This doesn't happen by accident, but is rather due to a great cast of moderators who approve new members (keeping spammers out) and review all…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 13, 2016 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

HobbyKing's first RC transmitter designed specially for APM/Pixhawk

In case you've missed this, HobbyKing is now selling a RC transmitter designed for APM/Pixhawk, with all the flight modes mapped to knob settings with mode LED indicators. Just $58!



Added by Chris Anderson on March 11, 2016 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

Bonadrone, a 3D-printed drone based on APM, coming to Indiegogo

The IndiGoGo campaign kicks off on April 6th

From Dronelife:

BonaDrone, based in Barcelona and set up by a team of five tech entrepreneurs, offers a different way for UAV enthusiasts to engage with their passion. The aim, according to BonaDrone, is to bring the technology and knowledge behind drones closer to end users, promoting creativity…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 10, 2016 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Impressive video of a medical drone delivey concept

"Redline", from one of my former colleagues at The Economist. 

Added by Chris Anderson on March 10, 2016 at 1:48pm — 1 Comment

DIY Drones at 76,000 members -- plus 20% "Spirit of 76" 3DR discount to members

For Americans, the number 76 has special significance, since the US Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 and every hundred years we go crazy with a "Spirit of 76" celebration.  For the British, who were on the other side of that historic division, the date is less celebrated. As a…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 7, 2016 at 3:30pm — 47 Comments

Sony/3DR announce new Enterprise camera for Solo

As part of today's 3DR Enterprise announcement with Autodesk, we also announced a new camera coming to Solo. This is the UMC-R10C, which is designed to be deeply integrated and fully controllable by the Solo software stack and companion computer. More details coming ahead of the launch in…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 7, 2016 at 12:30pm — 34 Comments

Autodesk and 3DR team up to launch SiteScan, automated drone "reality capture"

The real power of the Solo platform is in the software, and we've been hinting since the start that the consumer applications for Solo were just the start. So I'm delighted to announce the official start of the 3DR Enterprise era with SiteScan, our collaboration with Autodesk to use the 3DR Solo and software stack in combination with Autodesk's cloud to create a…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 7, 2016 at 9:40am — 21 Comments

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