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High-precision RTK GPS coming to ArduPilot

An exciting update from the Swiftnav team, whose successful Kickstarter project is bringing high-precision (cm-level) RTK GPS to an affordable level (sub $1,000). First up: ArduPilot…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 7, 2014 at 4:00pm — 16 Comments

ArduCopter developer Jose Julio's awesome air hockey robot

Huge congrats to orginal ArduCopter developer Jose Julio, who won the Internet today with his awesome air hockey robot.

From I09

In an effort to suck the fun out of every…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 6, 2014 at 11:38pm — 12 Comments

Experimenting with quads in free-fall

From Hackaday:

Nearly every tri/quad/hex/multicopter pilot has the impulse to chop the throttle while flying around. Most quadcopters are fixed pitch, which means that as power drops, so does control authority.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 6, 2014 at 2:00pm — 21 Comments

Introduction to the Robot Operating System

ROS is primarily used by ground-based robots, but there is a user group here on DIY Drones who is exploring its use for drones, too. (Any Arduino-based platform can become a ROS node). Now there's a 101 tutorial for people are want to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2014 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Animating a model aircraft along a spline curve

From the Google Earth blog:

Around a year ago Paul van Dinther shared a cubic spline curve that identified a …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2014 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Concept drone designs from Frog

cyclodrone

The Cyclodrone could keep cyclists safe on the road.

From Business Insider:

For some, the word "drone" may conjure images of scary flying machines going off to battle.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 28, 2014 at 10:30pm — 10 Comments

Using drones for cloud seeding

Amazing to see this picture, which is from the Tahoe ski resort we often visit (now totally devoid of snow). A drone in this familiar square brings both the mainstreaming of drones and the severity of current California drought into sharp focus for me.

From the …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 28, 2014 at 10:26pm — 13 Comments

"Perching" drone programmed to stall before landing, gripping

From New Scientist:

A drone with legs can perch just like a bird – or land and walk on flat surfaces. Bhargav Gajjar of Vishwa…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 27, 2014 at 11:27pm — 3 Comments

Major new update for APM:Plane code

Good news from Andrew Tridgell and the rest of the APM:Plane (ArduPlane) dev team: they've pushed out a major new release (2.77). Major changes include: lots of updates for PX4 and Pixhawk, dual sensor support on Pixhawk and new throttle arming code.

The following is from Tridge's release announcement. Please post any questions or comments there. 



Pixhawk…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 20, 2014 at 9:30am — 36 Comments

Bay Area drone fly-in on Monday

If you're in the Bay Area, this is just a reminder that MAKE is hosting a drone fly-in at the Paintball Jungle in Vallejo on Monday, 1-4pm. I'm planning to be there with some kids, who have been wanting to try their hand at paintball. Presumably the drones and paintball fighting will be separated, but who knows?.  [UPDATE: Turns out that the paintball field will be closed for this event, so it's drones-only. If it's…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 18, 2014 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Redesigning a quadcopter leg for 3D printing

A great exercise in using CAD and 3D printing to improve drone design from MAKE and 3D Systems:

My job at 3D Systems gives me the 3D tools to tinker at a high level. The highest level, really,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 17, 2014 at 9:16pm — 12 Comments

Send your cool drone videos to MAKE

From Make:

Next Tuesday, Jan. 21, we release Volume 37—the “homegrown drones” issue. The magazine will be filled with profiles, projects, and stories about maker friendly…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 16, 2014 at 12:17am — No Comments

Senator Feinstein: "It should be a crime for a private individual to arm a drone."

I agree! From The Verge:

In today's Senate drone hearing, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) got personal, describing a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 16, 2014 at 12:15am — 47 Comments

MAKE hosts a drone fly-in

First cool thing: ArduCopter is on the cover of the new MAKE magazine, which is all about drones! Second, they're hosting a drones fly-in:

This coming Tuesday we are excited to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2014 at 3:08pm — 9 Comments

Drone journalism very much illegal, says FAA: "There is no gray area"

From Poynter.org:

Last Wednesday, The (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review published a …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 10, 2014 at 8:28pm — 39 Comments

Experimenting with Sony's QX100 Wifi camera

Interesting research from UCSD on using the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 9, 2014 at 10:43pm — 8 Comments

PocketDrone -- new APM-based Kickstarter project

Just launched at CES from AirDroids: the $500 Pocket Drone. Looks good! APM-based and well-engineered. From the Kickstarter…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 8, 2014 at 10:40am — 30 Comments

FLIR intrdroduces $350 smartphone IR camera, new low-cost sensor

Sounds like sub-$1000 UAV-quality IR camera are coming soon. FLIR announced an IR camera for smartphones today, along with the low-cost sensor package (Lepton) behind…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2014 at 8:30am — 24 Comments

Drone probes Antarctic ice with radar

From IEEE Spectrum:

A group of researchers from the Center for the Remote…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2014 at 7:44pm — 4 Comments

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