About

About Me:

I'm CEO of 3DR and founder of DIY Drones as well as DIY Robocars. 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.


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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Chris Anderson posted a blog post
From Hackaday. You can 3D-print this quad or buy the parts. It uses modified Betaflight firmware:
Quadcopters are great for maneuverability and slow, stable flight, but it comes at the cost of efficiency. [Peter Ryseck]’s Mini QBIT quadrotor…
Aug 2
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
Mar 19
Chris Anderson liked Geoffrey L. Barrows's blog post Centeye Modular Vision Sensors
Feb 12
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
From the video description:
I wanted to put this video together to share what I've been working on as it relates to PX4 simulation. I've been really impressed with the capabilities of AirSim and I hope this video makes it a little easier to…
Jan 25
Chris Anderson replied to Arthur Peeters's discussion I’m in desperate need of help with my 2 year lasting chinese-knockoff-nightmare-quad build!
"I think those ESCs are hard to calibrate because they're opto. You might want to calibrate them individually using the BLHeli instructions, rather than via the autopilot"
Jan 20
Chris Anderson replied to laoadam's discussion Can ordinary DC motors be used for drones?
"They can (they're called brushed motors) and often are on the tiny drones. But brushless motors are more efficient and are used on larger ones"
Jan 15
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
Clever research from ETH showing how it uses the drone camera to maintain position while a quadcopter spins to maintain control after one motor fails. 
From DroneDJ:
Researchers at the University of Zurich and the Delft University of Technology have…
Jan 14
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
From NewAtlas:
No matter how good we humans have made something, chances are nature did it better millions of years ago. Rather than compete, it’s often better to tap into the natural version – and that’s exactly what scientists have done with the…
Dec 8, 2020
Chris Anderson replied to Max Gilson's discussion Open-source drone developer kit
"What in your view are the limitations of the Beagleboard Blue, which seems to do the same thing?
https://www.seeedstudio.com/BeagleBone-Blue-p-2809.html?gclid=CjwKC..."
Oct 24, 2020
Chris Anderson and ANDREA BOZZI are now friends
Oct 14, 2020
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
DARPA just conducted its fourth "Swarm tactics" maneuver and once again 3DR Solos are drone of choice. It's a tribute to their open source software and architecture that makes them so flexible and useful, even years after they were made
Sep 27, 2020
Chris Anderson replied to Nathan's discussion Best Drone Localization Technique
"Use IRLock
https://irlock.com/"
Sep 2, 2020
Chris Anderson replied to Ghost Rider's discussion Arming Pixhawk Using Arduino
"Yes, just send an arm command over serial from Arduino using MAVLink. Super easy:
https://discuss.ardupilot.org/t/mavlink-and-arduino-step-by-step/25566"
Aug 3, 2020
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
I'm a big fan of the Marvelmind indoor positioning system, which is inexpensive, accurate (2cm) and quite easy to use. They've now put together a tutorial page on how to use it with drones, both PX4 and Ardupilot:







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Marvelmind Indoor…
Aug 3, 2020
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
From Hackster: 
 

 



A team of researchers from Japan and Vietnam have published a paper detailing a novel image processing algorithm capable of reading floor features accurately enough to allow drones to navigate autonomously indoors using a…
Jul 30, 2020
Chris Anderson posted a blog post
 
ProJet MQ-9 Reaper (fiberglass and balsa -- very nice) (gone) 
Folks, I'm moving house and it's time get realistic about all the unopened RC plane kits I seem to have accumulated over the years. These are all in the box, ready to fly (minus RC and…
Jul 18, 2020
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