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OpenMV and ArduPilot tracking a colored ball

OpenMV is my favorite computer vision camera, and it combines a built-in OpenCV-like machine vision library with a microPython interface, all in one little board for $65. It also speaks MAVLink, so…

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 23, 2017 at 4:47pm — 5 Comments

DIY Drones at 84,000 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 84,000 members!

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

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Added by Chris Anderson on April 16, 2017 at 11:33am — No Comments

DIY Robocar autonomous car race this weekend at Thunderhill Raceway

Our sister site, DIY Robocars, is running joint outdoor event with Self Racing Cars at the Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA.  You can sign up here. We're going to be running a courses for smaller autonomous…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2017 at 11:50am — No Comments

OpenMV computer vision board now supports MAVLink, can appear as optical flow or AprilTag sensor

I love the OpenMV board, a $65 open source computer vision module that combines a camera and powerful M7 processor with a nice built-in Micropython interpreter and OpenCV-like computer vision library. It's also got a fantastic IDE that makes using…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 22, 2017 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

RaspberryPi hits 12.5m boards sold

From The Verge:

The official Raspberry Pi magazine just announced that over 12.5 million of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 17, 2017 at 2:10pm — 1 Comment

DroneClash takes brings full destruction to drone racing

Nice to see a 3DR Iris+ there, but I'm slight afraid it got totally destroyed afterward ;-) Check out DroneClash for more mayhem. Looks fun!

In a real life video game of sorts, four teams will battle simultaneously. They can use as many drones as they like, but each…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 17, 2017 at 9:34am — 2 Comments

New Beaglebone Blue board designed for robotics

There's much to like in the new Beaglebone Blue board. Along with the usual Beaglebone processing power and Linux support, it has built-in IMU sensors, good WiFi, proper connectors and (for rovers) motor…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 16, 2017 at 3:14pm — 14 Comments

Crumpling drones do less harm to themselves and what they hit when they crash

From The Verge:

Of all of the weird and wonderful ways nature creates resilient bodies, perhaps the most underappreciated is simply being so squidgy your problems just bounce off you. Well, a group…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 13, 2017 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

Interesting use of Reach RTK and 3DR Iris+ to map a tropical island

From GPS World:

3DroneMapping completed a project under tight time and space constraints — surveying a tiny tropical island without…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 8, 2017 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

Analyzing Parrot's latest financial report

Parrot is the only publicly-listed consumer/commercial drone company, so their quarterly and annual financial reports are one of the few places to get accurate and up-to-date numbers on how the drone industry is really doing. They published their Q4 2016 and full-year 2016 financials…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 3, 2017 at 8:30am — 21 Comments

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 — 5 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 — 11 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 — 7 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

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