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About Me:
I'm CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. I'm the former Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, author of The Long Tail (Hyperion, 2006), FREE (Hyperion, 2009) and Makers (Crown, 2012) and founder of GeekDad.com

You can find more about me at my About.me page here: http://about.me/andersonchris
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Fixed wing and quads. Mostly for fun and development. With kids as often as they allow!
Hometown:
Berkeley, California

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3D Robotics
Chris Anderson commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post First flight of ArduPilot on Linux
"Huge milestone! "
20 hours ago
Matthias Hase commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Connecting your phone, tablet or laptop to APM/Pixhawk using Bluetooth
"Hi anybody, I've tried this many times but after successful pairing with my mobile phone the droid planner always say connection lost, no mavlink data. My Baud rate is 57000. Any captions?"
yesterday
Oliver Volkmann commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition
"Chris, This is definitely a good thing however I do have one question... is this coalition going to assist in challenging the FAAs ruling which will go into affect and become common law by August 25th if not challenged in the court of law? "
yesterday

3D Robotics
Chris Anderson posted a blog post

Coordinated docking of copter and rover

The two robots communicate their positions, converge to a common docking location and the dock successfully, both indoors and out.From Robohub:The video above demonstrates the use of a coordinated control strategy for autonomous docking of a Aeryon Scout UAV onto a skid-steer UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) from Clearpath…See More
yesterday
Dan Murray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition
"Chris, This is great news. It's long been said that the only ones truly likely to be able to get commerical regs passed through in any reasonable amount of time are the big players, and this certainly fits that category. However, I would ask…"
Monday
Rob Thompson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition
"This is great news, I posted my CHECKLIST for beginners and advanced flyers at that link on DIYDrones.com before, please look it over. I will collaborate with anyone for a checklist effort. I am currently working on my Certified Flight…"
Sunday
Jose Luis Cortes commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition
"it would be great if the FAA will leave a door open for ​​Amazon delivery propose!!! I do not understand why people have to make such a great effort to prevent the government institutions to ruin the economy of their countries. "
Sunday

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Gary Mortimer commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition
"We used to point people at the RCAPA guidelines http://rcapa.net/guidelines/ not usre if they are upto date."
Sunday
Gary McCray commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition
"Hi Chris (and All), Although I am concerned that Amazons primary "application" still seems to me to be one of the least likely to be practical, safe or "legal" I do see that this alliance could be of considerable benefit to us…"
Sunday
Patrick Egan commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition
"I spoke to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy years ago. I gave them an unvarnished synopsis of what was happening (and not happening) and strategies to circumvent the canned goods they would be treated…"
Sunday
Kristoffer de Jesus commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition
"I hope some improvements in government regulation on UAVs come up in the U.S. soon so our copycat Philippine government can again copy it."
Sunday
John O'Shaughnessy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition
"I hope the benefits of being aligned with Amazon outweigh the negatives.  The Amazon UAS use-case is one that scares a lot of people -- much more so than the thought of farmers checking crops, or real estate agents taking photos of houses."
Sunday
Paul Meier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition
"The ONLY way forwards......"
Sunday

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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition
"Sounds great, Chris:-) Regards, TCIII Autonomous Vehicle Developer"
Sunday

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Chris Anderson posted a blog post

3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition

We've been working on this for a while, but I'm delighted the news is finally out. From USA Today:Amazon recently banded together with several makers of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to create a coalition to speed…See More
Sunday

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Chris Anderson replied to Steve's discussion Mission Planner only works for Planes!
"Mission Planner works equally well for Copters, Rovers and Planes. Like Sgt Ric, we use it every day in the office with copters on Pixhawk and APM.  It sounds like you may have an issue with your PX4, but this is not a Mission Planner…"
Sunday
Splenkingforth commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Testing laser rangefinders with ArduPlane
"Hi looks fantastic item. Do you encounter problems when banked over and the range finder working not looking vertically down at the surface? I am looking into this for my pixhawk UAV especially for auto land. so would be interested I you…"
Saturday
ALK commented on Chris Anderson's blog post OpenExplorer, a new way to tell mission stories with multimedia
"Nice! I'm eager to see something like this implemented in Droneshare! "
Friday

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OpenExplorer, a new way to tell mission stories with multimedia

Our friends at OpenROV have launched OpenExplorer, which is a site that combines maps, photos, videos and text to tell the story of mission in a fantastic timeline-based way. It mashes up …See More
Friday
Joseph commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduCopter (traditional heli) user group
"Trex 700L Dominator DFC powered by PixHawk.  Having issues arming by the Tx but no trouble arming with my laptop. any group thoughts. I have checked and double checked tx. direction and re calibrated  RC. Channel 8 on and channel 8 off. no…"
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Coordinated docking of copter and rover

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 7:48pm 0 Comments

The two robots communicate their positions, converge to a common docking location and the dock successfully, both indoors and out.

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3DR, Amazon, DJI and Parrot join up to form the Small UAV Coalition

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 7:08am 11 Comments

We've been working on this for a while, but I'm delighted the news is finally out. From USA Today:

Amazon recently banded together with several makers of small unmanned aerial vehicles…

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OpenExplorer, a new way to tell mission stories with multimedia

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 6:58pm 1 Comment

Our friends at OpenROV have launched OpenExplorer, which is a site that combines maps, photos, videos and text to tell the story of mission in a fantastic timeline-based way. It mashes up …

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What UAVs can learn from manned aircraft

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 1:31pm 19 Comments

Here's a very interesting article on Medium from a Marc Ausman, a pilot, on what the lessons in FAA regulation of manned aircraft suggest about the right path for unmanned ones.…

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Amazing new post-processing video stabilization technique from Microsoft Research

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 9:51pm 10 Comments

It doesn't just do image processing, but actually computes the trajectory of the camera in post and calculates a shake-free video from that. Really impressive work from Microsoft Research, which they call "Hyperlapse" (because it is a combination of time lapse and hyperpath…

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Comment Wall (109 comments)

At 5:58pm on July 11, 2007, Jeffrey Johnson said…
Great talking to you today. We are on it with using your designs here, and look forward to dovetailing our efforts. Power to the PictEarth People!
At 10:13pm on January 2, 2008, Dhrumil said…
Thanks for setting this up.
At 12:12am on February 8, 2008, Mark L said…
Hey Chris,

I just read your post on UAVs and I'm wondering if there's anywhere that one could purchase a pre-made UAV...couldn't find one on ebay.
I run a network of websites, www.ballerhouse.com, and am considering featuring a UAV article. Can you point me in the direction of where someone could purchase one? If so, what other info should my readers know?
Thanks!
Mark L
markl@ballerhouse.com
At 12:17am on February 8, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
The cheapest commercial one is around $7,000 (cropcam.com). The cheapest *good* one is around $10,000 (http://www.procerusuav.com/). That's why we started this site, to bring the price down below $1,000.

We're *DIY* Drones--buying one premade isn't the point ;-)
At 6:41pm on February 28, 2008,
T3
William Premerlani
said…
Chris,
If you want to do a Q&A with me, that would be fine.

The reason for the board is that my son and I thought it would be fun to build our own board, develop theory, and write firmware. We were inspired by Maynard Hill, who came to town and gave a talk.
We got our feet wet with a rapid-prototyping board mounted on an RC truck, and then build our own board for a sailplane. We bought our parts from SparkFun. Nathan Seidle, the ownder of Sparkfun, asked me what we were doing, I told him, he offered to build a surface mount board for me.
My son and I spent a few delightful summers getting the firmware working. At the time, our goal was to play, to just do some interesting things with it, without any goal in mind. When we were done, we had something that worked to our satisfaction, Nathan asked if he could sell it, we gave him permission.
We recognized that what we had was not a full-fletched autopilot, but that it might be interesting to anyone wanting to tinker with the controller. They could build on our firmware, if they wanted, or start from stratch, if they were ambitious.
By the way, the main reason we used assembly language was that my son had never written any, and he wanted to learn. He had used lots of other languages, but not assembly.
As far as what people are doing with my board, you probably have more information than I have!! The only person I've talked to so far is a member of diydrones. All I know is that the board is selling well at SparkFun, with no complaints.
By the way, the reason the board has been backordered for so long is that the vendor of the GPS replaced their ET301 with an ET312 at the same time that SparkFun was automating their board production, resulting in some defective boards. Even after we worked out the hardware problems, there was a subtle change in the ET312 that caused some problems. Every board that SparkFun builds is tested with the full firmware running, and the boards were not passing. We finally figured out what was wrong, production is resumed, I guess they are catching up on backorders.
All of the work my son and I was deliberately done in a vacuum...we didn't do any research on what other people were doing. We made some mistakes (that was the point) and had some fun.
My background is an electrical engineer with strengths in control theory, mathematics, and theory of flight.
I work at GE's research labs, I've been there for 33 years.
You might want to do a Google on "William Premerlani" to see what I have been up to. Much of it has to do with software development...you gave me a good chuckle when you said in your review that you wondered why we hadn't used C...the answer is, it would have been too easy!!!
Bill
At 10:52pm on March 22, 2008, Elisa said…
any time if u like to have a wet dip & country village food, come over try our our boats,(planty of spcae for plane flys
elisa
At 6:02pm on March 26, 2008, T-Rex said…
I heard you on Talk of the Nation today...great job! I did not get to hear the whole show, but definately heard the part about your "robotics" site and 3-axis accelerometers. You, my friend, rock!

By the way, thanks for the advice about starting out in R/C with a foamie...else I would not have made it past my first flight attempts.
At 6:27pm on March 26, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
Thanks! I wanted to say "3-axis MEMS accelerometer" but I held back for the sake of the NPR audience ;-)
At 10:44pm on April 4, 2008, Simon Pan said…
Hey Chris,

I won honorable mention, best in category, best in engineering, 550$, and an internship offer, at the state science & engineering fair. (The winners were a guy who did computer simulations of bird flu epidemics to determine the best method to distribute a limited supply of antivirals, a girl who developed an advanced, complex robotic vision algorithm which could detect blobs in foggy areas and high altitude ranges, and a guy who figured out a method to stem the growth of certain forms of cancer, so it was a humbling experience).

I just wanted to thank you for making this website and for your great documention and projects, because without them I'd probably still be trying to figure out how to connect the GPS receiver to the Stamp.

Thanks!

- Simon
At 8:26am on May 10, 2008, Huckleberry said…
Thanks Chris,

Been following along for some time (geekdad) and just bought a Blubberbot for something to do over the summer holidays... thinking about the project possibilities for my kids in electronics 11/12 ... hmmm blimp racing? Anyway, great to be here.

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