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Sample video from the Solo gimbal, coming out at end of June

The first Solo's are now arriving, and reviews are great (you can now order it here). The next thing to arrive, in a few weeks, will be the custom 3DR gimbal, with integrated GoPro control, HDMI video down the app and smart autopilot…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 5, 2015 at 8:41pm — 12 Comments

Solo app now live in iOS and Android app stores

Now live in the iOS and Android app stores!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 5, 2015 at 8:30pm — 20 Comments

US Government starts to require open source UAV technology!

Great news (thanks to Chris Miser from Falcon Unmanned for the tip):  the US government has started requiring open source technology in its UAV purchases. See…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2015 at 10:58pm — 7 Comments

Intel Edison-based educational drone kit on Kickstarter

I know we've all been a bit Kickstartered-out of late, but this latest one seems more interesting than most since it's…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2015 at 7:30am — 16 Comments

Drone highlights from Mary Meeker's famed 2015 "State of the Internet" presentation

Every year famed Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist Mary Meeker gives a "State of the Internet" presentation, which highlights stats and analysis on what she considers the most important technology trends of the year. This year,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2015 at 11:17pm — 3 Comments

New Buzzfeed lab will focus on drones, journalism (with 3DR)

From Buzzfeed, an announcement of an exciting new lab that will focus on technology (including drones) and journalism. I'm one of the advisors. 

Late this summer,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 26, 2015 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Lake and sea bottom scanning with ArduBoat

From Hackaday. Reminds me of work Harold Molle was doing five years ago here!

[Geir] has created a pretty neat device, it’s actually his second version of an autonomous boat…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2015 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

New ROS release paving the road to full drone support

As you can see from the logo from today's release of the Robot Operating System "Jade Turtle" version, drones are a big part of ROS's future.  Although ROS started with robot arms and research robots,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 24, 2015 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

AIrDroids (PocketCopter) ceasing operations

Sorry to see this notice from AirDroids, who had launched the PocketCopter on Kickstarter, but glad to see their list of "lessons learned". Manufacturing is really, really hard, and they were not the first or last Kickstarter project to get in over…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm — 40 Comments

Agribotix makes the New York Times

Congrats to our friends at Agribotix (Pixhawk-based ag drones), who were featured in a New York Times piece on deregulation of farming UAV use. Excerpts…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 16, 2015 at 9:55am — 2 Comments

APM + Ubuntu + ROS = Elre Copter

Great to see the progress of the Erle Robotics team, who have ported the APM code to Ubuntu and interfaced with ROS to make a great research platform. From the …

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2015 at 8:58pm — 4 Comments

Drones banned on Arctic and Antarctic cruises

From Maritime Executive, via sUAS News:

This week two major…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2015 at 11:02am — 8 Comments

XKCD: unlease the drone nets!

Inspired!

Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2015 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

"Is Hong Kong a Wild Frontier for Drones?"

From the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong's biggest newspaper:

One recent weekend, I was lounging in a Hung Hom hotel's…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2015 at 8:36pm — 5 Comments

Patent application for Amazon's drone mothership

From Quartz

In a …

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 9, 2015 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

Gumstix announces new micro-UAV APM/P44 compatible dev board

Cool new board from Gumstix, designed from the ground up to run APM/PX4 code.  

Gumstix, Inc., a manufacturer of computers-on-module (COMs),…
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Added by Chris Anderson on May 7, 2015 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Chinese APM/Pixhawk dev community taking off

RenTT writes to let us know that the Chinese APM/Pixhawk developer community is taking off, and there is a new site focused on this called…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2015 at 1:49pm — 3 Comments

Hybrid hex uses gas/electric combo to get 2.5 hours flight time

If you can ignore the over-the-top music on this video from Top Flight, the MIT spin-off company has some very interesting power technology that can get 100 mile range of one gallon of gas.  More details in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2015 at 12:08pm — 8 Comments

Affordable new RTK GPS, designed for Pixhawk/APM

This new Indiegogo project looks very good, and at $225 Reach is about a quarter of the price of other RTK GPSs. Backed!

What is Reach and what is it for?

Reach is for applications when your standard GPS with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2015 at 12:00pm — 14 Comments

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