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Cool Pixhawk-compatible long-distance directional radio

Pharos matches a dynamic directional (beam shaping) radio on the air with another on the ground, with the two tracking each other for multi-mile range for video and telemetry. Coming to Kickstarter in 2-3…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 4, 2016 at 11:08am — No Comments

HK releases Quanum FollowMe drone

The APM-based Quanum line from HobbyKing now has a cool new addition: a FollowMe copter with GPS armband and watch…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 4, 2016 at 9:23am — 5 Comments

uAvionix (ADS-B for Pixhawk) raises VC from Andy Rubin of Google/Android fame

Congrats to Palo Alto-based uAvionix, who raised $5m in Series A funding from Andy Rubin's Playground Global VC fund for its…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2016 at 9:30am — 16 Comments

Analysis of UK "drone vs plane" incidents and the media hysteria over them

Hackaday has a good piece that analyzes some of the UK's "drone close to aircraft" incidents and finds them wanting, to say nothing of the media coverage of them.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2016 at 7:40am — 1 Comment

First Pixhawk-powered drone in the Smithsonian museum

Congratulations to Flirtey, whose Pixhawk-powered delivery drone is now on its way to the Smithsonian…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 30, 2016 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Pixhawk-compatible telemetry on your RC transmitter display

Cool new product from Anysense that works with all 3DR flight controllers: 

AnySense Pro turns your Radio Control into a real-time telemetry system with no costs for additional hardware, such as a GPS sensor, voltage module or vario.Additionally all data will also be saved on the storage card of your remote control. With the right tools, you can easily visualise the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 30, 2016 at 11:54am — 5 Comments

Standing room only at Dronecode Beijing

There was only room for 400 people, so the others had to wait outside and watch the livestream. Thousands participated online. APM/Pixhawk/PX4 are huge in China. What a success!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2016 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Solo NAB announcements: new cameras, power tether, software, more

If you got a chance to see the big 3DR area at NAB in Las Vegas last week, you'll have seen the new cameras and accessories for Solo first-hand (along with the new software features such as sense-and-avoid and smart rewind announced earlier). But here's a quick…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 28, 2016 at 4:31pm — 16 Comments

Quadcopter simulator game in Arduino serial monitor

From Hackaday:

Every new generation of computers repeats the techniques used by the earlier generations. [Kim Salmi] created an ASCII-based quadcopter simulation…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 23, 2016 at 6:37pm — 1 Comment

FollowMe submarine drone on Indiegogo

The iBubble project looks very interesting -- one of the first subs I've seen designed with a killer app in mind. How do they transmit the diver's position underwater? From a wristband that talks to the sub the way sea animals do, with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2016 at 1:13pm — 3 Comments

3D-printed mount for Lidar sensor

Scultpteo, the 3D-printing service, has a blog post about how the Jarriquez team designed and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 21, 2016 at 9:45pm — 4 Comments

Enter the $120,000 Airbus drone delivery challenge

Run with LocalMotors. Enter here:

Rules:

  • The design shall be capable of vertical takeoff and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 21, 2016 at 7:32am — 17 Comments

New version of APM-powered Quanum Nova copter from Hobby King

Now with upgraded motors and batteries, for a flight time of 25 minutes. Fully APM-compatible so it supports Mission Planner, APM Planner, and Tower, with the standard 3DR radios, as shown below (you can buy them …

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 20, 2016 at 8:50am — 14 Comments

Matthew Reimer's Pixhawk-powered tractor makes the Wall Street Journal

Go Matthew! I just wish the WSJ had actually linked to your project or given any additional info at all. Here, let me help you with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2016 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Guyanese tribe uses Arduplane to protect their own land

Quartz has a good piece on how a Guyanese tribe, working with Digital Democracy, are using an Arduplane they built to monitor their land and spot illegal logging.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2016 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Dronecode Unconference in Beijing next week

I'm delighted to announce that we're going to be having our first Chinese Dronecode unconference next in Beijing next Thursday, April 28th. I'll be in Beijing speaking at the big GMIC conference and we thought it would be fun to meet up with Dronecode developers at the same time. 

All details…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2016 at 2:47pm — 5 Comments

Fantastic work on visualizing camera paths with 3DR Solos

From the video: 

Generating Dynamically Feasible Trajectories for Quadrotor Cameras

Mike Roberts, Pat Hanrahan

SIGGRAPH 2016



Abstract: When designing trajectories for quadrotor cameras, it is important that the trajectories respect the dynamics and physical limits of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

New Google Project Wing video

Slightly evolved airframe form factor

Added by Chris Anderson on April 18, 2016 at 10:49pm — 7 Comments

Augmented reality, custom geofencing, smart "rewind" and more in new 3DR Solo software

Just announced at NAB:

The latest stream of cutting-edge software from 3DR includes augmented reality, interactive scene awareness and new Smart Shots, and it will dramatically enhance the aerial filming experience and all-around safety of drone…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 18, 2016 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

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