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Using drones as smart light sources

From Gizmag:

As any professional photographer knows, setting up lights can be a hassle. This is often the case in the studio, but especially when shooting on location. Before too long, however,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 12, 2014 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Lost drone ads proliferating on Craigslist

As Forbes notes, lost drone ads are getting increasingly common on Craigslist.  …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 10, 2014 at 10:51pm — 13 Comments

Amazon requests FAA permission to test 50 Mph drones for package delivery

From The Verge:

Amazon has asked the Federal Aviation Administration …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 10, 2014 at 9:29pm — 16 Comments

AirDog and 3D Robotics team up on next-gen Follow-me copters

One of the things that thrills me the most is watching the ecosystem grow around the APM/Pixhawk platform, ranging from simple cloners to the most advanced value innovators. An example is the new and very impressive Follow-me copter projects on Kickstarter, all of which are based on the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 8, 2014 at 3:47pm — 13 Comments

Free presentations on UAVs in the Resources Industry

There's a long list of free presentations available online from the Conference on UAVs in the Resources Industry held last month in Perth. Samples:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2014 at 9:22pm — 2 Comments

Greenpeace video imagines a future of robot bees, after the live ones are gone

This is meant to be a cautionary tale about what a new world would be like if we don't protect the current one, but it's quite a well-done vision regardless of what position you take. Given the progress made in robotics flying insects, such as the Harvard Robobee, we may…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2014 at 8:51pm — 5 Comments

New APM-powered ready-to-fly FPV plane

This looks like a good deal from Nitro Planes: a EasyStar-style camera plane with APM already installed, ready to go for $469, or with RC for…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2014 at 5:37pm — 7 Comments

ESA does another copter-rover drop, this time with awesomely over-the-top music

Remember a year ago when Randy used an ArduCopter to autonomously drop a rover on a freakin' volcano? Good times. 

Well, now the European Space Agency has done the same thing, but this time time they have ridiculous music, a massive budget and a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 6, 2014 at 11:30am — 20 Comments

Head of the Consumer Electronics Association: Free the drones now!

From an op-ed in the Washington Post by Gary Shapiro, the head of the Consumer Electronics Association. Good to see leaders in the overall technology industry…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 5, 2014 at 8:36pm — 3 Comments

Update on Fotokite, the tethered cameracopter

Robohub has a good update on Fotokite, which uses a copter-on-a-string approach to Follow-me:

Although I am…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 3, 2014 at 12:58pm — 8 Comments

Hexo+ makes it to $1 million on Kickstarter

Congrats to the Hexo+ team, which is the first of the Kickstarter Follow-me projects (all based on Pixhawk/PX4) to make it to $1 million!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2014 at 3:57pm — 23 Comments

FAA will miss 2015 commercial drone use rules, says audit

No surprise, but good to have it confirmed by the Inspector General. From The…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 10:10pm — 15 Comments

Autonomous ball drone bounces off anything

From Motherboard:

An article in the …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 9:58pm — 3 Comments

Thriving South African drone community under threat from regs

Video from SteadiDrone, whose APM-powered QU4D we fly all the time and love

Robohub has a good report on South African drone community,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 9:52pm — 8 Comments

Agricultural mapping with the Penguin UAV and Pixhawk

ben Boughtan has a great post on Ag Maps Online about his experience using Pixhawk and a Penguin UAV for crop mapping: …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 9:45pm — 10 Comments

Sparkfun AVC 2014 wrapup video

Sparkfun did a great job with the Autonomous Vehicle Competition this year, and this wrapup video is no exception. The first half is the rovers, the second is the aerial competition. You'll recognize many DIY Drones stars in it!

Final scores are here

Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 8:53pm — 1 Comment

David Beckham doesn't like drones ;-)

Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2014 at 2:20pm — 2 Comments

Tutorial on 3D image capture by drone

Great post from Kean Walmsley at Autodesk on using ArduCopter for 3D capture:

I’ve been getting very interested in the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 30, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Epic crashes (and some pretty cool robot racing) in the SparkFun AVC rover heats

Highlights (and lowlights) from all three heats of the PBR class of the 2014 Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle competition. Won by my "Driving Miss Dizzy" ArduRover, thanks to Tridge and Tom Coyle for coaching and code. Thrills, spills and some very close calls!

Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2014 at 6:35pm — 12 Comments

Wall Street Journal: "Drone Dogfight: Big Defense Firms vs The Techies"

Good piece on the front page of the Wall Street Journal business section today. I'm quoted in it: 

The big aerospace companies "are the [computer]…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2014 at 3:56pm — 19 Comments

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