January 2014 Blog Posts (160)

VrBrain Hexacopter in European Project (Autonomous Boat and Hexacopter cooperation)

Today i recived this mail , I would share it with the member of Dev Team , Thanks a lot :)


It is with great pleasure that I send you this news.

There has been a project in Portugal in which an autonomous boat and hexacopter cooperate for monitoring of rivers. …


Added by Roberto Navoni on January 31, 2014 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

FPV Shaolin Returns (with APM Camera Gimbal )

新年快乐.  A happy Chinese New Year to all those who celebrate it, year of the horse! 

"FPV Shaolin Returns" was filmed with a basic 1-axis ArduPilot Camera Gimbal RC10 (A10) which you can see on camera 2. …


Added by noeL on January 31, 2014 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

A peek into the future of ardupilot

At the recent LCA'2014 conference in Perth I gave a couple of talks about research projects I'm working on with ardupilot. These show a couple of the things that we are working towards with APM.

The first is a talk on differential GPS which is part of a collaboration between Ben Nizette at ANU and myself.



Added by Andrew Tridgell on January 30, 2014 at 6:00pm — 60 Comments

3 axis GoPro "Stublizier" Project

Interview on The Register with Stuart Smith's ambitious project to build a three axis GoPro stabilized helmet cam that is not a bunch of crazy wires and poorly documented controllers.

And, by the end of 2013, a fair number of 3-axis gimbals were …


Added by Bill Bonney on January 30, 2014 at 4:17pm — 9 Comments

Secret Pictures from VR Lab: VR Brain 5.0 is coming ...

VRBrain 5.0 Light

The entry level revision of our new board . It's real DIY , cheap and affordable as 8 bit platform with the power of next gen autopilot technology , and a lot of great improvment . Keep in touch for more info ..

It support APM Copter, APM Plane and Rover in last revision.…


Added by Roberto Navoni on January 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — 15 Comments

Lakemaid Beer Delivery Drone

Lakemaid Beer, a Wisconsin brewery that embodies the north-woods cabin feel and quirk, has gone locally viral and invited the ire of the FAA due to the video above.

The news is running with it, commenting:

A Wisconsin brewery gets slapped by the Federal Aviation…


Added by Skyler Shaw on January 30, 2014 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

Multirotor Whale Watching is Now a Thing

I wonder what would happen if the whale breached and expelled ocean water from below the multirotor? Better bring the floats!  

Added by Eduardo Romero on January 29, 2014 at 9:43pm — No Comments

APM:Plane 2.78 released

I've just released APM:Plane 2.78

This is a bug fix release for a number of important issues found in the 2.77 release. 

The changes in this release are

Fixed sensor start-up on the APM1

I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't test the APM1 for the 2.77…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on January 29, 2014 at 8:30pm — 15 Comments

3D Robotics
Introduction to the Robot Operating System

ROS is primarily used by ground-based robots, but there is a user group here on DIY Drones who is exploring its use for drones, too. (Any Arduino-based platform can become a ROS node). Now there's a 101 tutorial for people are want to learn more about ROS.

From …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2014 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

3D Robotics
Animating a model aircraft along a spline curve

From the Google Earth blog:

Around a year ago Paul van Dinther shared a cubic spline curve that identified a …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2014 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Quadcopter performing visual guided autonomous landing.

For my master thesis I have built a quadcopter based on the Aeroquad platform for doing visual guided autonomous landing. All high processing is done on-board, using a BeagleBoard-XM for high level and Arduino for low level computations. OpenCV is used for recognizing of the marker and Kalman filter is used for robust tracking of the maker position input. The Kalman filter does…


Added by Pål Møst on January 29, 2014 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

FAA Lets UAS Airworthiness Cat Out of the Bag

The cat may have inadvertently been let out of the satchel about UAS airworthiness and certification on twitter. There are also some indications that the small rule is being redrafted. Again, while these iterations are made the small business guy is sitting on the sideline. I have expressed multiple concerns over the years about any aircraft…


Added by Patrick Egan on January 29, 2014 at 12:40pm — 8 Comments

Hello UAV community



Hi there everybody,

I am Gabriel Garris head assembler of ready to fly techpods and son of Wayne Garris, creator of the techpod and founder of Hobby UAV. Im writing this today because i want to extend mt gratitude to all of our customers for help making this all possible and I would love to have some…


Added by Gabriel Garris on January 29, 2014 at 12:21pm — 1 Comment

New, Higher Performance NDVI Converted Cameras

Late last year we released our first version NDVI converted cameras using Schott BG3 filters. Using those filters we were able to generate pseudo NDVI images with a single camera, building off the work of the Public Lab project. After working with faculty at the University of Boston and the …


Added by Jeff Taylor on January 29, 2014 at 10:30am — 43 Comments

**Update on US Availability of DJI Products**

From the DJI Website HERE

DJI Product and Service Availability in North America

We would like to clarify that a recent temporary injunction limiting DJI’s ability to work with selected dealers in North…


Added by AKRCGUY on January 29, 2014 at 6:00am — 11 Comments

New Blade 350 QX AP Combo with Gimbal and caemera.


This model includes a plethora of new features including:

• 2-axis brushless gimbal with optional pitch control

• 1080/30 camera with 720/30 video downlink to mobile devices

• 3S 3000 mAh flight battery for extended shoots

• New DX4 Transmitter

The 350 QX AP Combo also takes on a host of upgrades to the existing…


Added by Paul on January 29, 2014 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

Soon we can mint our own carbon prop ? frame ?

The world's first 3D Printer designed to print Carbon Fiber.

Waltham, MA @ www.markforged.com…


Added by Paul on January 29, 2014 at 5:30am — 7 Comments

An Open-Source Community Wants to Fix Your Drone with 3D-Printed Parts

"The rise of autonomous flying robots has piqued the interest of everyone down to US TV personality Martha Stewart, who told Tech Crunch she would like…


Added by Joshua Johnson on January 29, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Concept drone designs from Frog


The Cyclodrone could keep cyclists safe on the road.

From Business Insider:

For some, the word "drone" may conjure images of scary flying machines going off to battle.…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 28, 2014 at 10:30pm — 10 Comments

3D Robotics
Using drones for cloud seeding

Amazing to see this picture, which is from the Tahoe ski resort we often visit (now totally devoid of snow). A drone in this familiar square brings both the mainstreaming of drones and the severity of current California drought into sharp focus for me.

From the …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 28, 2014 at 10:26pm — 13 Comments

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