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Movidius neural network USB stick plugs into almost anything

fathomnew From TechCrunch. It works on Raspberry Pi!

Following on the heels of their announcement a few weeks ago about their FLIR partnershipMovidius is making…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Microsoft AirSim demo at Dronecode leadership meeting

Here's the Microsoft AirSim team demonstrating their amazing Unreal-based open source drone simulator package at this week's Dronecode leadership meeting at Intel. Dronecode development is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2017 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

Full rover simulation now added to Dronecode/PX4

The Dronecode/PX4 stack has supported rovers for a long time, but now it's getting a proper simulator for them, too. This addition adds a full rover simulation for SITL and Gazebo. The physical config will follow this week for a Traxxas…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2017 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Land-o-Lakes ag drone challenge with $150,000 prize

This seems very doable -- indeed, I think an off-the-shelf product from PrecisionHawk or Agribotix can already do all of this. Am I missing something?

Challenge Overview

Land O’Lakes, Inc.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 17, 2017 at 1:03pm — 6 Comments

Microsoft releases AirSim, an Unreal-based simulator for Pixhawk

Very cool! From the project repo:

AirSim is a simulator for drones (and soon other vehicles) built on Unreal Engine. It is open-source, cross platform and supports hardware-in-loop with popular flight controllers such as Pixhawk for physically and visually…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — 11 Comments

DIY Drones at 83,000 members

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 83,000 members!

Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially to the administrators and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on February 10, 2017 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Instructions for a sub-$100 autonomous rover using computer vision

This project uses RaspberryPi and the Pi camera in a cloud robotics architecture (most processing is done on a laptop over WiFi) and is based on the ForumulaPi code and OpenCV. It costs less than $100 and can perform the full Udacity Self Driving Car challenge (thanks to offboarding most processing to the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 30, 2017 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Great simulator of our DIY Robocars track

We have a monthly autonomous car hack/race day at a funky old warehouse in Oakland, but in-between races the teams need to training their neural networks. How? With this simulator!

From the video…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2017 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Finals of the FormulaPi autonomous car race

Love this -- it's both thrilling and charmingly shambolic at the same time.  FormulaPi was the model for our DIYRobocar race/hack series of events.  The race starts at…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 27, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Tiny new uBlox GPS for drones

u‑blox has announced the launch of the ZOE‑M8G, an ultra‑compact GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2017 at 2:12pm — 4 Comments

Hack/Race DIY Robocars this weekend in Oakland

Join us for our first hack/race day at the new Oakland warehouse location for DIY Robocar events.

There are three tracks:

1) A RGB lane track, modeled after the FormulaPi track:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 19, 2017 at 11:37am — 1 Comment

New companion site for DIYDrones -- DIYRobocars

It's been almost a decade since I launched DIY Drones (March 2007) and we've both grown hugely as a community and an industry in the intervening years. Drones work great, they're cheap and widely available, and both the the Dronecode and ArduPilot development communities that got their start here…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 16, 2017 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

NASA simulates Phantom airflow

From NASA:

For decades, NASA has used computer models to simulate the flow of air around aircraft in order to test designs and improve the performance of next-generation vehicles.

At NASA’s Ames Research Center in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 12, 2017 at 2:32pm — 13 Comments

Lily closes down

Sorry to see them go. They had a great idea and worked really hard to get it right, but ran out of time and money. …



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Added by Chris Anderson on January 11, 2017 at 10:00pm — 10 Comments

German university team wins first place at IMAV with Pixhawk-powered copters

Congrats to the AKAMAV team for the victory and great writeup (via Hackaday)!

The AKAMAV is the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 10, 2017 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Pixhawk-powered submarine shown at CES

From TTRobotics

Hydrodynamic Design

With professional hydrodynamic design, SEADRAGON can be freely in the water, underwater hover or free exploration can be easily implemented. The main compartment is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2017 at 5:32pm — 7 Comments

Volta extends from drones to autonomous cars

Our friends at Volta robotics have extended their MAVLink-compatible autopilot series to autonomous cars. This is what they demonstrated at CES this week:

Product Description

LEAD TIME: 60 days (due to post-CES orders peak) + 2…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2017 at 9:30pm — 12 Comments

New: QGroundControl 3.1 adds surveys and improved geofencing

Great news from Don Lake

Announcing the release of QGroundControl V3.1. Notable changes in this release:

- Survey mission support

- GeoFence Support in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2017 at 8:33am — 12 Comments

Pixhawk-powered ornithopter

Displaying both manual and autonomous modes. Wow!

Added by Chris Anderson on January 3, 2017 at 11:42am — 13 Comments

New ROS2 autopilot code for Dronecode/PX4

Great update from Victor Mayoral on ROS 2.0 progress and the further integration of the Dronecode/PX4 stack and ROS

ROS 2.0 native…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 27, 2016 at 8:40am — No Comments

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