February 2013 Blog Posts (222)

25% Discount at Our New Store (Now Offline)

EDIT March 4th, 2013: Thank you very much for your feedback and patience!  We've got a good to-do list now, and rather than keep two stores up and running, we're going to take the beta site down until we're ready with all of the great feedback you provided.  It will be back again soon, but if you'd like to place an order now, please visit our current…


Added by John C. on February 28, 2013 at 9:00pm — 55 Comments

Drones set for large-scale commercial take-off in Australia

Just thought I'd share a news article about possible changes that are occurring with the Australian, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in relation to drones.

“Under a new weight class system, prospective drone entrepreneurs with craft weighing 2 kilograms or less could take off after completing nothing more than an online application form”…


Added by James Lockington on February 28, 2013 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
Controlling a toy helicopter with an Xbox 360 controller

Great hack here (via …


Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 6:21pm — No Comments

9xTend vs RFD900 Radio High-altitude Test

On February 16, the EDGE Research Lab team launched EDGE4 (flight summary), a relatively light flight designed to inform infrastructure decisions for our research project.  The flight lasted almost 5 hours, reached a max altitude of 106,504 feet, and traveled 165 miles…


Added by EDGE Research Lab on February 28, 2013 at 4:42pm — 9 Comments

Big Site-Wide Changes are Coming!

We are in the process of making some significant changes to our site layout and content to improve the overall ease-of-use experience here at DIY Drones.

As part of that effort, we wanted to put out the first section of the site that is ready for community-wide peer review.  You can see the updates at:…


Added by John C. on February 28, 2013 at 1:20pm — 37 Comments

Techpod Build Video 2 - Wing

The first video is up! I go in-depth and walk you through the entire build of a techpod wing, from soldering servo extensions to  laying in the spar. 


Added by Nick Weber on February 28, 2013 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics
Gesture control of an AR.Drone

From Kottke:

One of the most intriguing demos I've seen, if the footage in the video is to be believed, is the Myo gesture control armband.

It's an eye-popping demo. The copy on the site reads "unleash your inner…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

Showing APM telemetry data on Hitec Aurora’s screen (3rd edition)

This is the third iteration of my Ardupilot Mega to Hitec telemetry adapter. Adapter no longer requires modifications to APM itself, but instead connects to telemetry port of APM and it has a pass through connector for telemetry transmitter. I made PCB this time using SMD parts for smaller size:…


Added by Janne Mäntyharju on February 28, 2013 at 11:51am — 34 Comments

3D Robotics
UAV navigates by bouncing off walls and floors

From IEEE Spectrum:

A lot of UAV research is focused on making flying robots that can navigate by themselves using sophisticated sensor systems,…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 10:33am — 5 Comments

What are some bullet points for DRONE interview.

I am a member of the DC drone user group (200 strong). We are having a fly in this saturday and I will be interviewed by a media person concerning the use of drones. I don't want to mess this up as this is a politically volatile time for drones enthusiasts.  

What talking/bullet points would you include? What are the things that I will kick myself for not including after the interview is done?

• Benefits of drones

• potential good uses…


Added by Scott Avey on February 28, 2013 at 9:39am — 16 Comments

3D Robotics
Sparkfun AVC location announced, plus new DroneCon!

On Sparkfun's Google Plus page, they've announced the new location of the annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition, which will be held on Saturday, June 8th in Boulder, Colorado. This year, in addition to cars and planes, they're readmitting copters, so the event has moved to a much…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 8:50am — 11 Comments

PID Diagram for HefnyCopter - II Firmware

HefnyCopter2 implements full PID terms that is P, I & D. It uses the following approach.

My vision is to keep math as simple as possible and use superposition to accumulate different behaviors together based on my…


Added by MHefny on February 28, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Life - like a roll of toilet paper, like long, and goes to all ....

Uff...All dirty jobs are done. Trial fit, nearly 9 meters.

Now - clean, sand, spackle, prepear for…


Added by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on February 28, 2013 at 8:02am — 12 Comments

Please welcome a newborn: VirtualRobotix Italia !!!

Click here to see a large version


Good evening to all,

today is an historic day for us, after 3 years from the birth of the Virtualrobotix.com community we finally founded the company VirtualRobotix Italia s.c.a.r.l. formed as a spin off of MpxLab Scarl a private research organization based at Kilometro Rosso of Bergamo (Italy).

Here is a photo of…


Added by Roberto Navoni on February 28, 2013 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Quad X FPV Frame for APM 2.0/2.5 board

A new quad X FPV frame for APM 2.0/2.5 board.…


Added by Ralph Wu on February 28, 2013 at 7:16am — 2 Comments

My 1st Quad

I'm attempting my 1st quad build. I've been reading up on this for a very long time now and have finally jumped in. Cash is not always readily available, so I get my components small batches at time. Time is also quite an issue, so build small parts when and where I can.

Here is a parts list/pic…


Added by Marcel Norman on February 28, 2013 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

What does a modular design do?

a modular design makes HeX adaptable from a quadcopter to a hexacopter even to a triple-rotor copter as the following picture shows

And also, we hope the modular design makes it friendlier to users because the complexity of putting a drone together is being brought down so that HeX is more accessible not just for hobbyists but also to more…


Added by Hex Air Robot on February 28, 2013 at 2:24am — 5 Comments

PX4 Coming soon to us all

The PX4 is here and soon it will have a fully supported version of ArduCopter:

From what I have been able to glean, Chris and Company are now in the process of revising this controller for better use by our group including an enclosure.

I Do not know for sure if they are planning on modifying the board itself but indications are that they are.



Added by Gary McCray on February 27, 2013 at 9:43pm — 150 Comments

Techpod Build Video 1

Here's the first in the series of build videos that I am going to be doing on the techpod. 
i'm gonna wait for the camera to charge then it's time to get building the wing!

Added by Nick Weber on February 27, 2013 at 3:03pm — No Comments

VR Brain at the "Palais de la découverte"

Hi everybody,

The project "ArdUFO : un drone au service de tous" was selected during the December holidays for being presented at the "Palais de la découverte" at Paris, on February 9th 2013, as part of the "Olympiades de Physique France" contest.

The UAV was created thanks to Roberto Navoni and his magnificent card : VR BRain !

The day ended with the…


Added by Roberto Navoni on February 27, 2013 at 2:42pm — 1 Comment

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