January 2013 Blog Posts (198)

My Robot Magazine Article: Data Bus race rover

I'm very excited to announce that I've been published by Robot Magazine! :)  My article describes the ups and downs of my two year experience building Data Bus, my 25mph race rover, for the 2011 and 2012 Sparkfun AVC (Autonomous Vehicle Competition).

The article appears in the Mar-Apr issue (#39) and sheds light on some of the problems I ran int as well as solutions that worked, and describes some of the adventure -- the thrill of success and crushing blows…


Added by Bot Thoughts on January 31, 2013 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

Criminalizing Drones in Oregon

Sad news from the northwest. It sounds like it may become a Class B Misdemeanor to simply own a drone capable of video or photo, and a Class A to fly it.

Check out the…


Added by Eric Tweet on January 31, 2013 at 8:52pm — 34 Comments

Got the OSD working

I blew up my first MinimOSD, and then received my second one, but didn't realize I needed the FTDI cable, so another week went by, but all is good now..

I received my FDTI cable from 3DR today, which i needed to get my MinimOSD loaded and working. Within minutes I had it working and configured. This is a great product and very inexpensive for all that it does! So, I am in a waiting mode for a good time to do another FPV flight, although I feel I should wait until 2.92., I will feel…


Added by Richard Evans on January 31, 2013 at 8:49pm — 2 Comments

VR BRAIN Enclosure - back stage - Made in Italy


A small testimony of "Italian industrial archeology " some company try to resist .

Now that everyone thinks that is possible to produced only in china ... Italian Makers say No! You can 'and you must try to do something more here in Italy !! Virtualrobotix is a farmless company , so we use small company…


Added by Roberto Navoni on January 31, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

RTP [Robot Test Platform] (updated)

 Me and a friend of mine are working on a new project which we want to share with other enthusiasts. It all started a couple of weeks ago when we wanted to do more with electronics, both the software as hardware side. We have been experimenting…


Added by s.v.itterzon on January 31, 2013 at 1:30pm — 12 Comments

$1000.00 to $2000.00 Attack drone available from Beijing

If you feel you want to take it up a …


Added by Mark Harrison on January 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — 33 Comments

Ultra cool 360-video format. HOW is this done?

[moderator edited: added photo and link to Panorama Viewer site] Cool stuff.

krpano Panorama Viewer

The video says it all. Better than 3D, steer the video yourself!

This, on a multicopter would be WOW!…


Added by Magnus von Rosen on January 31, 2013 at 10:30am — 28 Comments

Stackup Plates for Mounting Stuff

If you are looking for a nice way to mount all of your gear onto your multi rotor frame, you should have a look at our new …


Added by UnmannedTechShop.co.uk on January 31, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

DroneCafe - Episode 7 - UAS - Telemetry

This is Episode 7 - UAS - Telemetry

DroneCafe -…


Added by Joshua Johnson on January 31, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Secrets of the MPU9150

After another…

Added by Jack Crossfire on January 31, 2013 at 4:53am — 18 Comments

Video: How to fly in a sporting stadium


There have been many videos on how to crash and not how to conduct commercial operations.

The guys at Coptercam are setting the right example for all DIYers who are aspiring to become commercial UAV operators.  I have been watching the live cricket matches on Fox Sports and the Coptercam shots look fantastic.  The feedback from spectators seem pretty…


Added by Sam Short on January 31, 2013 at 3:32am — 1 Comment

Preorder: Crazyfly Nano Quadcopter from Seeedstudio

From Seeedstudio's site:

Time frame for pre-order: Jan. 31- Feb. 18, 2013
Time of shipping: April, 25, 2013
Ever wanted a development kit that flies? Well now you can! The Crazyflie is an open source nano quadcopter kit…

Added by CrashingDutchman on January 31, 2013 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Low-price GPS with mount

A nice low price uBlox GPS with case and mount for $34


Added by Ralph Wu on January 31, 2013 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

PX4 Autopilot gets Graupner HoTT Telemetry Support

The PX4 autopilot now supports the Graupner HoTT telemetry system bringing live flight data right to your transmitter’s display.

Real-time Flight Data on your Transmitter…


Added by Simon Wilks on January 30, 2013 at 5:05pm — 2 Comments

UxV control station - first video

This is just a short technology preview for the mission control part of my UxV Control Station project. It does already talk to the APM but besides decoding GPS data, it has no function yet. But development is going on.

Sorry about the focus... My videocam is rather cheap... It can't handle the brightness of the…


Added by Stefan Gofferje on January 30, 2013 at 4:17pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
DIY Drones at 34,000 members

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 34,000!

There were 1.95 million page views this month, which is a new record (we get over 70,000 page views a day). It took us…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 30, 2013 at 3:18pm — 17 Comments

Old History with new twists: lessons from world war two for drone cargo concepts

I taught History for my cadets In civil air patrol for all four years of High school, and I did do some teaching on the subject of how the Army used transport gliders. Back in the Day the Army made several gliders that could be towed by DC-10's,  piloted by an Army Airborne officer or sergeant, land on rough terrain at the same time as others, take punishment, and…


Added by Emery c. Chandler on January 30, 2013 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

Go Pro 3 - Powered by Sony Sensor

Well what a surprise!, no wonder its good!, should be interesting when Sony brings out there Action Cam 2!



Added by Jason Wise on January 30, 2013 at 4:00am — 8 Comments

Video: Scary Hexa Crash in Brazil Stadium

Forwarded to me by a friend... no other details. If you know anything about this, follow up in the comments.



Added by Mark Harrison on January 30, 2013 at 2:30am — 29 Comments

Display RSSI with ArduCAM OSD


Added by airmamaf on January 30, 2013 at 2:22am — 52 Comments

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