February 2011 Blog Posts (148)

ArduEye: Brutally minimalist (but quite fast) vision sensor using an Arduino

We are finally having manufactured a "shield" board for the Arduino platform that interfaces a Centeye image sensor with an Arduino to form a true (if simple) "smart sensor". This particular version is about a simple as you can make it:

Shield Board: The board itself is a simple 2-layer board, and can be connected to…


Added by Geoffrey L. Barrows on February 28, 2011 at 10:13pm — 4 Comments

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Interesting: using tethered UAVs for wind energy

A couple startup companies are trying to create a new market for wind energy from "kites", which are really tethered UAVs flying circular patterns. Energy is generated by the props, which drive motors to act as turbines. The two are Makani Power, which is funded by Google, and…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Mega Hurtz paintball robot is the remote-controlled, armor-plated tank

A very nice project to learn more for community's Ardurover project.


Added by Dinos on February 28, 2011 at 1:09pm — 15 Comments

quadcopter attempt - phase 2



This is the sequel of my previous post, that I had to abandon more than 1 month ago, without actually being able to fly it... Ok, it's still not flying, but after:

  1. burning part of the Razor 9DOF IMU
  2. adding a Wii Motion Plus (for the…

Added by dan on February 28, 2011 at 1:30am — 5 Comments

QGroundControl 0.8.3 beta - User Configurable

This video shows how each user can configure the layout and even individual sliders and buttons of QGroundControl for his personal needs. This version is compatible with the current ArduPilotMega pre-release 2.0 codebase from the SVN repository (trunk). Please note that the video shows only a snapshot, not the final QGroundControl 0.8.3 release version (we're still improving it on a daily basis). User feedback is very welcome, if you want to try it yourself you can…


Added by pixhawk on February 27, 2011 at 11:30am — 19 Comments

Which Maxbotix sonar should be the standard?

    About two months ago we added altitude hold using the Maxbotix sonar to the ArduCopter (you can find instructions re how to set it up on the wiki).  At the moment on the we recommend the LV-EZ4 and…


Added by Randy on February 27, 2011 at 4:09am — 24 Comments

Python MAVLink interface (version 0.2)


For those of you who prefer a scripting language for your MAVLink needs, you may like to have a look at pymavlink, a Python implementation of the MAVLink protocol.I've just released version 0.2, which fixes some bugs,…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on February 27, 2011 at 1:00am — 29 Comments

Quadcopter flight with the FCWii board and the Wii Motion Plus and Nunchuk MEMS sensors.


Here a video of a test flight of my Quad Rotor Observer (QRO) v8 with the FCWii board and the Wii Motion Plus (gyroscopes) + Nunchuk (accelerometers) MEMS sensors.

There was a strong wind during the tests flights (30 Km/h NW, gusting 40 Km/h, rainy...)

The tests flights have been successful, the model was very stable in spite of the bad weather conditions.

Normal flight mode and…


Added by Jean-Louis Naudin on February 26, 2011 at 11:20pm — 9 Comments

Multipilot32 Tutorial : Getting Started , shipments of first multipilot32 started , we need developer :)


We start to send the first batch of Multipilot32  to user and DevCoreTeam , i  hope that this video will be usefull in power on and uploading firmare . In the next day will be available more info about the first flyable code . The first software that i upgrade to MP32 is Arducopter NG. The first revision of code will be only a porting of mono task application to new micro controller . This is only first step of our work , a starting point this micro is more fast…


Added by Roberto Navoni on February 26, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

DIY Drones and Sparkfun AVC featured in Documentary.

Though quite brief the Canadian documentary " Remote Control War Zone" Showed clips of the Sparkfun autonomous vehicle competition and briefly interviewed Chris Anderson. The doc is very interesting to watch but I believed it to be exaggerated and put Amateur drones in a bad light as a evil technology that could be used by other countries for wars.

You can watch the doc online here:… Continue

Added by mquintilian on February 26, 2011 at 5:30am — 12 Comments

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APM 2.0 preview with Xplane sim and MAVLink

This is a video of the pre-release alpha of ArduPilotMega 2.0 flying a hardware-in-the-loop sim with Xplane, the HK GCS and the Mission Planner. 100% MAVLink communications, on both Xbee and USB, simultaneously. Go… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2011 at 12:12am — 21 Comments

Turnigy Lipo's from HobbyCity.com

Just putting this out there...

I recently purchased 6 batts from HobbyCity.com and selected the USA Warehouse for shipping.  That was Wednesday the 23rd, it's Friday the 25th and they are on my desk.  I selected the USPS shipping option 2/3 day for less than $1.50 over the default shipping cost, bringing the…


Added by Brian on February 25, 2011 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments

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Neighborhood "pocket airports" for tomorrow's UAVs?

Somehow I missed this when it came out in December, but NASA is running a competition for low-cost, energy-efficient autonomously-pilot passenger vehicles, which would take off and land from small "pocket airports" in neighborhoods. NASA is hoping for a winner of the autonomous challenge by 2015.

Gizmag has the…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 25, 2011 at 9:28pm — 1 Comment

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Check out the GCS (and new soundtrack!) in the X-47B first flight video

I know this is a military drone, which we don't cover here, but I was taken by the screen shots of the ground control center of the X-47B, which had its first flight a few weeks ago. HappyKillmore--yours looks way better!

The video has also been re-released with a new rock…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 25, 2011 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Pipo quad progress


Here's the latest on…


Added by Erez R on February 25, 2011 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Home CNC'd quad frame


home cnc quad frame …


Added by michel pet on February 25, 2011 at 3:00pm — 16 Comments

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New IMU board for Paparazzi--but is it open source?

The Paparazzi team have released a new IMU board called Asprin. It's just the accelerometers, gyros and magnetometer sensors (no processor) and is available for $110 at Joby Robotics.

Strangely, I…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 25, 2011 at 12:00pm — 43 Comments

A class for autonomous unmanned sailboats

Hi all ! First of all, let me introduce myself : I'm Pierre from the north of France. I'm a RC sailboats enthusiast since my childhood. 


Two years ago, I decided to launch a community site to enable all practitioners of model sailing to share their experiences : Voile-RC…


Added by Pierre Lannoy on February 25, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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List of all 3D Robotics retailers and distributors


We've now got more than 40 retailers and distributors selling 3D Robotics gear around the world, in addition to the main store here. You may want to shop at one near you, both to save on shipping and support local robotics companies.


If you want to become a 3D Robotics distributor, please email partnerships@3drobotics.com for…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2011 at 11:30pm — 46 Comments

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