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Vision of a full-automated farm drone system

This is still in the prototype stage, but it's an inspiring vision of what farm drones could someday be

Added by Chris Anderson on December 8, 2017 at 8:35am — 6 Comments

University of Warwick Pixhawk-powered rescue drone team profiled by Autodesk

Impressive work by the University of Warwick, who are designing a Pixhawk-powered drone from search and rescue. Above, a test device for Pixhawk. Below, a mold for the carbon-fiber mold. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 2, 2017 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Blimpduino 2.0 getting closer!

Good news from the JJRobot/MRo collaboration: 

We got the Blimpduino control board ready! After 3 months of testing a bunch of sensors and polishing the design (thx for the help…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 2, 2017 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Human vs AI drone racing

From NASA JPL

The race, held on Oct. 12, capped off two years of research into drone autonomy funded by Google. The company was interested in JPL's work with vision-based…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 12:41am — 2 Comments

First pass at a Drone family tree diagram

For a presentation I'm doing I tried to explain how the modern drone industry grew out of the intersection of two communities, RC and robotics, and although they didn't merge, they did both evolve. 

Here's where this community comes in, bridging those two…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 22, 2017 at 5:46pm — 4 Comments

Pixhawk Mini now just $139

 

Last year, we introduced the Pixhawk Mini, a small, efficient autopilot designed in collaboration with HobbyKing specifically for the Dronecode PX4 1.6 stack. It’s been put to work on a variety of projects, and many of you use it to build DIY quads, planes,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 21, 2017 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Preview of upcoming Dronecode/PX4 multi-camera VIO feature

Visual Inertial Odometry (VIO) is a way to do position estimation and navigation without GPS, which is both useful for drones inside and for self-driving cars. Coming to the next release of the Dronecode/PX4 stack. 

Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2017 at 5:47pm — 9 Comments

Great YouTube channel on using Dronekit, APM

Tiziano Fiorenzani, an Italian engineer now working in the US, has one of the best YouTube channels on using open source drone software, especially, APM, Dronekit and Python. Above is just one example, on Drone Delivery with Python:

We are going to write a script that connects with the vehicle and waits for the operator…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 19, 2017 at 4:02pm — 3 Comments

DIY Drones now at 86,000 users

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 86,000 members! We're also more than ten years old!

Rather than simply give the usual monthly traffic snapshot, I thought I'd give the data…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 20, 2017 at 1:20pm — 3 Comments

Blimpduino flies again!

Ten years after this site started with its first project, a robotic blimp called Blimpduino, two long time friends here, Jordi Munoz and Jose Julio, are relaunching it in a new improved form. It's called, unsurprisingly, Blimpduino 2.0, and you can see the progress here

The is new…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2017 at 3:37pm — 1 Comment

"MVP" computer vision rover with OpenMV for less than $90

This is the cheapest good computer vision autonomous car you can make — less than $85! It uses the fantastic OpenMV camera, with its easy-to-use software and IDE, as well as a low-cost chassis that is fast…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 1, 2017 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Eagles vs Drones (spoiler: Eagles win)

From the Wall Street Journal:

SYDNEY— Daniel Parfitt thought he’d found the perfect drone for a two-day mapping job in a remote patch of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 30, 2017 at 5:08pm — 10 Comments

Our DIY Robocars sister community in the news

Jalopnik covers our DIY Robocars sister community. If you're in the Bay Area or one of the other half-dozen areas with these races, join us!  We'll also be competing in the Sparkfun AVC in Denver in October,

Added by Chris Anderson on September 26, 2017 at 7:02am — 5 Comments

Dronecode announces new Dronecore SDK, shipping with new Yuneec H520

At this weels Interdrone conference Yuneec and Dronecode announced the new DroneCore SDK, which is now shipping on the new Dronecode-based Yuneec H520 commercial…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 10, 2017 at 1:12pm — 17 Comments

Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with John Leipper, the Solutions Architecture Manager for drone manufacturer Insitu. At the Future Farm Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon, Insitu conducted a drone swarm demonstration using three 3DR Solos – all controlled by a single pilot using a computer. Of course, to stay in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 21, 2017 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Boeing's Insitu uses swarms of Solos for autonomous mapping

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with John Leipper, the Solutions Architecture Manager for drone manufacturer Insitu. At the Future Farm Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon, Insitu conducted a drone swarm demonstration using three 3DR Solos – all controlled by a single pilot using a computer. Of course, to stay in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 21, 2017 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Introducing OpenSolo!

Big news! Reposting from the 3DR blog. Also see the ArduPilot Team announcement here

When we launched Solo back in 2015, one of its selling points was that it was…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 3, 2017 at 10:00am — 13 Comments

Dronecode updates for July: new QGroundControl, FPGA autopilot, PX4 1.6

Lots of news and updates from the Dronecode team this month: 

1) The Aerotenna OcPoC autopilot (video above) now supports the Dronecode/PX4 software stack!

● FPGA and dual-core ARM processors in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 22, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

DIY Drones at 85,000 members -- a look back at an extraordinary decade

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 85,000 members! We're also more than ten years old!

Rather than simply give the usual monthly traffic snapshot, I thought I'd give the data…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 6, 2017 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

ArduPilot, PX4 dominate AUVSI drone competition

When we got started ten years ago, the annual AUVSI student drone competition was dominated by commercial autopilots, such as Piccolo. Now it's almost entirely open source autopilots, led by ArduPilot (14 of top 20) and Dronecode/PX4 (3 of top twenty). I'm super proud of this having co-founded…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2017 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

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