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rctimer.com is gone

Hi,A week ago I placed an order of over $300 on rctimer.com site, PayPal account was charged but I…See More
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criro1999 replied to Ed Bianchina's discussion FPV/Camera connections
"If Android, then Yes. I did it with EasyCap (USB video capture card) and a USB dongle"
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andre van calster commented on andre van calster's blog post improved inference speed on rpi3 using Intel's NCS1
"A faster inference is achieved using Intel's NCS2"
5 hours ago

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rctimer.com is gone

Posted by Gal Nitzan on October 23, 2019 at 11:38am 0 Comments

Hi,

A week ago I placed an order of over $300 on rctimer.com site, PayPal account was charged but I never got order confirmation from rctimer.

Two days later, the site disappeared and emails are bouncing back.

I know they sell on AliExpress as well, be very careful.

Gal

MMC UAV is to exhibit in Shenzhen CPSE 2019

Posted by Thomas Dunlop on October 22, 2019 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

The 17th China International Social Public Safety Expo (CPSE)will be held from October 28th-31 th,2019 in Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen,  China. At that time, it will present the most advanced artificial intelligence, big data, and intelligent security products to the…

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Cars vs robots

Posted by Jack Crossfire on October 22, 2019 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

Hackhawk Mark III: ESP32 TinyPICO as a brushless flight controller

Posted by Simon D. Levy on October 21, 2019 at 8:16pm 1 Comment

My hacked Altair Aerial Blackhawk continues to serve as a great test platform for experiments in DIY flight controllers. So, when I heard the buzz surrounding the…

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Drones are doing everything in agriculture from aerial imaging to fighting global mega pests

Posted by viya on October 21, 2019 at 12:30am 0 Comments

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BioCarbon Engineering technician prepares the UAV for the seeding demonstration at Ellerslie site in Edmonton.

Drones might be seen as pests by Gatwick Airport traffic control, but increasingly farmers are beginning to see them as pest-killers.

This is one of many uses drones have in agriculture. One obvious use is for…

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Sensors for Attitude Estimation

Posted by Matthew Silic on October 18, 2019 at 9:20pm 10 Comments

Hello UAV enthusiasts,

I recently created a slide deck on the topic of sensors for attitude estimation (i.e. gyroscopes, accelerometers and magnetometers). In these slides, I review

  1. Installation considerations,
  2. Stochastic models,
  3. Bias characterization,
  4. Sensor calibration, and
  5. Conceptual…
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XAG Drone Fleets Take Off for Large-scale Cotton Defoliation Operation in Xinjiang

Posted by viya on October 16, 2019 at 12:00am 0 Comments

XAG Drone Spraying Cotton Defoliate in Xinjiang

XAG Drone Spraying Cotton Defoliate in Xinjiang

As a global leading agriculture technology company, XAG has initiated its Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) spraying operation  “Take Off for Harvest Time” for the third…

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improved inference speed on rpi3 using Intel's NCS1

Posted by andre van calster on October 13, 2019 at 4:52am 5 Comments

By using Intels OpenVINO and neural computing stick (NCS1) the inference speed of my neural network is increased from 5 frames per second (fps) to 20 using a RPI3. This enabled a far better obstacle avoidance performance of my drone. More info at https://github.com/avncalst/drone_cnn.

 
 
 

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Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

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CEMEX adopts delair.ai cloud-based visual intelligence platform to enable the digital transformation of aggregate operations

Global leader in construction industry products implements delair.ai in France to increase operational efficiency and optimize safety at its production sites Industry’s most comprehensive platform for mining and quarrying industry includes 3D modelling, artificial intelligence and cloud-based model Delair, a leading provider of enterprise visual data management solutions, has signed an agreement in France with CEMEX, […]

EIA Canadian leader in using drones for safety

AERIUM partnership saves time, money on runway inspections (Edmonton, AB) – A different kind of aircraft landed at Edmonton International Airport this past weekend as a highly specialized drone was used to conduct runway safety inspections as the airport continues to be a leader in the growing technology. On Sunday, AERIUM Analytics, on behalf of […]

Pix4D launches Pix4Dreact, a revolutionary 2D fast-mapping software for emergency response and public safety

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 23rd, 2019 – Pix4D, the industry leader in professional drone mapping and photogrammetry software solutions, today is launching Pix4Dreact, the essential 2D fast-mapping software tailored specifically to the needs of public safety personnel and first responders. Year on year, an increasing number of natural disasters, man-made conflicts and other crises are affecting […]

AeroVironment Receives $5.25 Million Puma 3 AE Contract for U.S. Border Patrol

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), received a $5,254,912 firm-fixed-price contract award for PumaTM 3 AE systems and support equipment on August 8, 2019, for the U.S. Border Patrol, part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  Delivery is anticipated by January 2020. AeroVironment’s Puma 3 AE small unmanned aircraft system is designed […]

Robotic Skies Partners with SqwaQ to Advance Commercial Drone Operations BVLOS

Robotic Skies Inc, the first and only global MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) network for commercial UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), and SqwaQ, a global SD-WAN network company offering a powerful new redundant comm-link that enables drones to fly unlimited-range BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight), have signed an agreement that grants the Robotic Skies Service […]

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