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Feedback on new manuals

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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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technicus acityone commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"Great work! But how do You think - may be it's time for change design for IRIS?"
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Todd Hill commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"Awesome to see what you and Jordi have built Chris.  A true success story.  Forget the monetary gains, I am envious of your tooling and manufacturing capabilities.  The things I would make if I had access to your equipment for a…"
2 hours ago
Quadzimodo commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"Outstanding!"
5 hours ago
X-Winder commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Pictures from the new 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"this is impressive and shows the steady progress Chris and team has made since inception - well through the 'valley of death' for new start up - its onward and upward from here !!"
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Felix Meissner commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"very nice!"
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titeuf007 commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"great to see this compagny grow up!"
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Jethro Hazelhurst commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"Hey guys, check out my website on 3d metal printing: http://www.metalbot.org/forum/index.php Search the forums for information on 'Galvos', we have many people who are experts on these laser scanners and they could be of great help to…"
10 hours ago
benbojangles commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"Gosh. That's a cool factory. I hand build a couple of drones per month and sell them here in the UK, and it's nice to see that my process has similar stages. It's more complex than people think."
11 hours ago
Jethro Hazelhurst commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"My mind is blown at how wonderfully professional 3DR is, and how fast you are growing. Every talk given by Chris is an absolute treat. I would love to see more pictures! I am sure you have some amazing innovations in the pipeline... thanks so much…"
11 hours ago
Jethro Hazelhurst commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Siemens contest winner uses IRIS for smart parking lot assistant demo
"Sounds excellent! Perhaps for underground parking lots pressure sensors could be placed on the spaces and a lighting system could direct cars to a free spot. Could all be integrated into an app. Oh the future..."
11 hours ago
sid commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"This is remarkable Chris. Congratulations. "
13 hours ago
Charlie commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"Beautiful facility. I can only imagine how the DJI phantom facility looks like!"
14 hours ago
Baja Brucie commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"Chris. All of us here in Baja California are proud of you and the 3DR staff. We've put  little Mexican flags on our vehicles! Cheers Timothy (in Ensenada)"
14 hours ago
Swift commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"What a Maker facility! Thank you Chris. Not for Tiguana factory... thank you for starting this adventure."
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Ravi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory
"Chris, I am very impressed to see the pics of your facility. I am member of diy community right form it's inception. I saw you invent and grow. The real American dream come true. keep it up!"
18 hours ago
Jasper Pons commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"Aaaargh Dan you have it all. wish i knew this 3 years ago! Looks like you are ready to go on the warehouse scanning, all you need to do is hook into our drone-database protocol. Can you ask your client if they would be interested in being agents for…"
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Harry commented on Chris Anderson's group ArduPilot (legacy) User Group
"I don't know why I still fool with this but I do. I'm running FreeIMU, outputting DIYd binary on a Flip1.5 instead of the ArduIMU. I added a I2C daughter board that sends the Ublox protocol to the Flip. It took me a while to figure out the…"
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SHIBLEE ALAM commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Turning a PS2 controller into a RC transmitter
"Hi, I have questions about the Datenschlag.ino If I upload the source code into two arduinos connect them to  RF modules then where to connect the LCD in the transmitter part. and where to connect them with transmitter MCU Atmega....  I…"
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Dan Neault commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"One of my clients is a major manufacture of servo drives, they gave us the board they use in there drives. I will ask Monday if it is public info. As too frame, I suggest you watch Robert Lefebvre's video, on airframes. Pretty much tells you…"
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Siemens contest winner uses IRIS for smart parking lot assistant demo

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

From Fast Company:

The next time you spend 20 minutes circling a…

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Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 6:30pm 12 Comments

Back in June 2013, I shared some pictures from the then-new 3D Robotics Tijuana factory.  Here's another batch, showing the growth and progress there. It's buzzing and…

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Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 2:30pm 31 Comments

I was curious how well LIDAR-Lite, which is just a laser range finder out of the box, would work as a full sweeping LIDAR unit, so I set up this demo unit. The unit updates at 100Hz, so to detect a 10cm object (like a telephone pole) within a 5m arc at 10m distance (with 2x oversampling), I calculate that you need to…

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X PlusOne VTOL Kickstarter success

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 3:30pm 5 Comments

Congrats to the X PlusOne team on the conclusion of their successful Kickstarter campaign, having raised nearly three times their goal!  The Pixhawk-based…

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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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