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Siemens contest winner uses IRIS for smart parking lot assistant demo

From Fast Company:

The next time you spend 20 minutes circling a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory

Back in June 2013, I shared some pictures from the then-new 3D Robotics Tijuana factory.  Here's another batch, showing the growth and progress there. It's buzzing and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 6:30pm — 15 Comments

Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid

I was curious how well LIDAR-Lite, which is just a laser range finder out of the box, would work as a full sweeping LIDAR unit, so I set up this demo unit. The unit updates at 100Hz, so to detect a 10cm object (like a telephone pole) within a 5m arc at 10m distance (with 2x oversampling), I calculate that you need to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — 31 Comments

FAA study finds trained pilots *worse* at operating drones

Very interesting…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2015 at 7:00pm — 18 Comments

X PlusOne VTOL Kickstarter success

Congrats to the X PlusOne team on the conclusion of their successful Kickstarter campaign, having raised nearly three times their goal!  The Pixhawk-based…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2015 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

OpenDroneMap adds image processing

Via Christian Ledermann:

OpenDroneMap, which previously would just create point clouds from drone images, now also produces:

* Meshes!

*…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2015 at 1:27pm — 7 Comments

Qualcomm getting serious about drones

Qualcomm is a member of the Dronecode Foundation and has ported the APM code to the Snapdragon platform. Now, at CES, they're showing the first glimpse of their work:

Qualcomm Research is building the core technologies to enable both rolling and flying autonomous robots. We are demonstrating our state-of-the-art computing…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2015 at 1:22pm — 5 Comments

Walkera's new APM-powered copters are proud members of the Dronecode Foundation

Greg has already mentioned the new APM-powered Walkera H6, shown above, which they'll be showing at CES. But one other thing I wanted to highlight is that how well they're working with the open source community on this and their other products. As they proudly note in their…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 4, 2015 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Using APM to help indigenous people monitor the rainforest in Guyana

Via BoingBoing, a heart-warming story (and not just because it was all APM!): 

The folks at Digital Democracy worked with the Wapichana people…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 2, 2015 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Gumstix releases new APM/PX4-based Linux autopilot board

From Linuxgizmos:

Gumstix announced a gen-2 micro-areal vehicle (MAV) controller based on its tiny gumstick-sized Overo COMs, and customizable via a free online design…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2015 at 11:08am — 8 Comments

AVC 2015 announced

Sparkfun just announced some details on the 2015 Autononomous Vehicle Competition. Key details

  • Sat, June 20
  • At the new Sparkfun HQ, not the reservoir where it was held for the past two years
  • Aerial is copter-only -- no planes
  • There will be a "no GPS" bonus, because GPS…
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Added by Chris Anderson on December 23, 2014 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

Good-looking VTOL project on Kickstarter

This one looks pretty…
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Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2014 at 11:59pm — 33 Comments

Google Earth API depricated

From the Google Earth blog. This doesn't have an effect on the mobile GCSs, such as Droidplanner, but could affect some desktop GCSs that use the Google Earth (rather than Google Maps)…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2014 at 1:15pm — No Comments

New Canadian UAV rules look like a great step forward

Bravo, Canada! Read more here:

Think safety first

More and more people are using unmanned aircraft for work or pleasure.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 10, 2014 at 10:26pm — 35 Comments

Reverse-engineering the Hubsan/Estes nanoquad radio

From Hackaday:

Just a few years ago, palm sized radio controlled toys were nothing more than a dream. Today, you can find them at every mall, toy store, and hobby shop. [Alvaro] couldn’t…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 10, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

NASA's Ikhana captured the stunning video of Orion's splashdown

From the Washington Post:

Countless people tuned in to watch America’s next manned spacecraft return to Earth — live, in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 6, 2014 at 11:48am — 5 Comments

Power distribution board for multiple configurations

Very nice work by Ioannis Kedros here. It's an APM-compatible PDB that allows for all sorts of copter configurations, from X and + to Tri and even "spider". Here's more (via …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 29, 2014 at 12:00am — 9 Comments

Turbine-powered quad first flight

OMG. Turbine-powered quadcopter test flight -- next to a road. Love the car that pulls up to gawk at the end

Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2014 at 4:16pm — 18 Comments

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