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Submit your ArduCopter configuration files here

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ArduCopter 2.3 released

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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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Patrick Poirier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Audi uses 1/8th scale autonomous rover to test full-size self-driving sofware
"At  1:44 you can see an Intel based embedded board looking like a KONTRON and  probably powered by I7. Arduino are used to interface the Sonar  and outputting serial to Main Computer"
2 hours ago
Alexey Dobrovolskiy commented on Chris Anderson's blog post MIT simulation system allows you design any configuration of drone (and know it will work)
"It's cool. I want to play with it!"
8 hours ago
Jerry Giant commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3D printed planes finally get practical
"for spec plz refer to official website download the pdf"
9 hours ago
Jerry Giant commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3D printed planes finally get practical
"Printing was done on an old home brewed prusa i3, and ultimaker 2 with modified e3d v6 head with a custom extruder. Don't try this at home unless you have at least 100 hours at disposal. these kinda design require huge amount of retraction…"
10 hours ago
Enrico commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Audi uses 1/8th scale autonomous rover to test full-size self-driving sofware
"At min. 2:02 the video shows 2 Arduino boards being part of the sistem."
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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 learning-powered driver assist features that work in constrained situations like driving in traffic and parking. They’ll be available in the new generation of Audi A8 saloons in…See More
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Maxime C commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3D printed planes finally get practical
"Nice! What 3d printer do you use?"
19 hours ago
L9g commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using AI to design a drone frame
"@JB Hi JB Your MINI Talon VTOL is a very interesting project. I would be very grateful if you can share more details of your configuration."
20 hours ago
L9g commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3D printed planes finally get practical
"@Jerry Giant Very beautiful! What is the size and weight of the frame? Thanks!"
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Hugues commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3D printed planes finally get practical
"beautiful"
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Chung Sing L. commented on Chris Anderson's blog post MIT simulation system allows you design any configuration of drone (and know it will work)
"Very interesting. I wonder how it handles the PIDs as they vary between configurations. Running a big motor with longer arms uses very different PID from ones that uses much smaller motors with shorter arms.  "
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JB commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3D printed planes finally get practical
"Nice!  I really love the wing structure design."
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Jerry Giant commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3D printed planes finally get practical
"I have mine printed, but need 9 servos to complete the landing gear and control surfaces... this is huge under taking "
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RM Aviation commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3D printed planes finally get practical
"I've been 3D printing aircraft for a while now, the trick is getting a lightweight but strong wing section comprised of multiple parts that most 3D printers can manage. These days I print the outer skin with abs or petg in 150mm sections with a…"
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Andrew Rabbitt commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3D printed planes finally get practical
"The 3Dlabprints guys have done an amazing job and I'm sorely temped with the P38, but their work has inspired me in the mean time to have a crack at printing my wing design, which I'll post about shortly.  Printing is underway…"
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Joe Renteria commented on Chris Anderson's blog post 3D printed planes finally get practical
"Absolutely amazing..."
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3D printed planes finally get practical

If Gary is convinced, so am I:A while ago I thought that small 3D printed drones would not really become a thing. I based this on weight and build size. I could not see how it could be made to work.I was utterly wrong.Stepan Dokoupil and Patrik Svida, of 3D Lab Print in the…See More
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Joe Renteria commented on Chris Anderson's blog post MIT simulation system allows you design any configuration of drone (and know it will work)
"This is great. It doesn't look like it's available to the public. Hope they release something in the future..."
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Al B commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Indoor drone localization with HTC Vive Lighthouse
"@Patrick, you are going need more than just your soldering iron.  You are also gonna need at least one base station. Although you get more accurate position with 2 stations. "
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HeliStorm commented on Chris Anderson's blog post MIT simulation system allows you design any configuration of drone (and know it will work)
"I wonder if you could pair this with a genetic algorithm to come up with some evolved aircraft."
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Audi uses 1/8th scale autonomous rover to test full-size self-driving sofware

Posted on December 7, 2016 at 11:16pm 2 Comments

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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3D printed planes finally get practical

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 3:53pm 10 Comments

If Gary is convinced, so am I:

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

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

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 12:13pm 4 Comments

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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Switchblade nano drone from EPFL

Posted on December 4, 2016 at 10:59am 2 Comments

"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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New OpenMV computer vision board, with twice the power

Posted on December 3, 2016 at 11:19pm 6 Comments

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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Comment Wall (118 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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