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Audi uses 1/8th scale autonomous rover to test full-size self-driving sofware

From The Verge:

Audi, like pretty much every other automaker under the sun, continues to introduce more and more automated driving features for its cars. The next step, says the company, will be machine…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 7, 2016 at 11:16pm — 6 Comments

3D printed planes finally get practical

If Gary is convinced, so am I:

A while ago I thought that small 3D printed drones…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 6, 2016 at 3:53pm — 10 Comments

MIT simulation system allows you design any configuration of drone (and know it will work)

From MIT:

A new system from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is the first to allow users to design, simulate, and build their own custom drone. Users…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 5, 2016 at 12:13pm — 4 Comments

Switchblade nano drone from EPFL

"Morphology plays an important role in behavioural and locomotion strategies of living and artificial systems. There is biological evidence that adaptive morphological changes can not only extend dynamic performances by reducing trade-offs during locomotion, but also provide new functionalities. …



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Added by Chris Anderson on December 4, 2016 at 10:59am — 2 Comments

New OpenMV computer vision board, with twice the power

Just announced: the next-generation OpenMV cam with the new M7 processor for twice the power and an even lower price ($55). The original OpenMV is my favorite computer vision processor, and this new one looks even better.…
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Added by Chris Anderson on December 3, 2016 at 11:19pm — 6 Comments

Pozxy ultrawideband positioning support from ArduCopter

Great news from Randy and the ArduCopter team:

Over the past month or so a few of us have been experimenting with using the …

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 1, 2016 at 8:39am — 2 Comments

Visualizing autopilot behavior with Flight Gear

Great post from Curtis Olson, the lead developer of FlightGear and a long-time autopilot developer, on using simulators to do sophisticated autopilot analysis.

Blending real video with synthetic data yields a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2016 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Indoor drone localization with HTC Vive Lighthouse

Very cool hack, as reported by Hackaday:

The HTC Vive’s Lighthouse localization system is one of the cleverest things we’ve seen in a while. It uses a synchronization flash followed by a swept beam to tell any device that can see the lights…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2016 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Visual obstacle avoidance with Centeye and Crazyflie

Geoff Barrows at Centeye has been working for many years on his small, low-cost vision chips and they're really starting to get good. See the above video for visual obstacle avoidance on the Crazyflie nano-drone platform. Sadly you can't buy these boards (Geoff mostly does custom engineering for defense industry clients), but maybe we can convince him…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2016 at 12:17pm — 4 Comments

Indoor swarming using ultrawideband positioning

The great Bitcraze team in Sweden who created the Crazyflie nano drones have now added an ultrawideband indoor positioning system called Loco Position (it uses the same Decawave chip as the Pozyx system that I use). They're still bringing it up, but have just hit a milestone: swarming!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2016 at 8:32am — No Comments

Final heat of the FormulaPi autonomous racing league

As you can see from the final round of this season's FormulaPi races, there's still some work to be done to make computer-vision guided cars running on RaspberryPi reliable. But it's a great start (lots of cars completed the course) and I'll be competing in the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2016 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Simulation of a drone/airplane collision

From Hackaday:

Ignore the article, watch the video at the top of the page. The article is about some idiot, likely not even a hacker, who bought a drone somewhere and nearly rammed…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 21, 2016 at 1:19pm — 13 Comments

Detailed Mavic teardown

The level of engineering sophistication here is really impressive. Amazing how fast this industry has matured to smartphone-level professionalism

Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2016 at 10:07pm — 7 Comments

A few photos from the fun DIY autonomous car hackathon today

Huge fun at our Self Racing Cars hackathon today. We'll be having another one in Jan/Feb -- sign up here. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 13, 2016 at 8:41pm — 2 Comments

Congrats to the Aerotenna team for winning sense and avoid competition!

I love this young and smart team, who came out of University of Kansas and are doing very cool work with FPGAs.  From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 11, 2016 at 10:23am — 14 Comments

New software for Reach RTK

I love both the EMLID Navio 2 autopilot add-on for Raspberry Pi and the Reach RTK GPS. But the latter was a bit hard to use initially, so this news is very welcome: they've now released a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 10, 2016 at 12:09pm — 3 Comments

Intel's Aero drone development platform coming next month

I'm excited about this, not least because Aero will support the Dronecode stack out of the box. From PC World:

Intel in December…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 9, 2016 at 7:07pm — 22 Comments

Some good (painful) physics lessons in trying to put a 360 video rig under a drone

"9 Lessons Learned from Attaching a Super Heavy, Custom Rig to a Quadcopter": A very interesting post from Makezine and how to attach things to drones:

Recently, a company called …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 9, 2016 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Details of this weekend's Self Racing Cars hackathon in Berkeley

For those in the SF Bay Area and interested in the DIY autonomous car scene (which I'm also part of), here's the latest on our hackathon this weekend

Self Driving Racers, 

Carl, Joshua and I are looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday (10:00am - 3:00pm) in Berkeley for the meetup/hackathon. Here's some information to help you prepare and otherwise make the most of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 8, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Next-generation FPGA flight controllers coming

Interesting preview of a very powerful new autopilot from Aerotenna: 

The Revolutionary SoC Flight Controller…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2016 at 9:10pm — 14 Comments

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