February 2015 Blog Posts (109)

BrushedSparky - TauLabs integrated frame FPV brushed microquadcopter


OsoGrande got me into brushed microquadcopters recently. Sparky2 has some buffered outputs so at first I was just slapping it on frames and jury rigging things together. Very quickly, I wanted something more elegant.…


Added by James Cotton on February 28, 2015 at 5:27pm — 5 Comments

A Rather Enchanting Combination of Puppetry and Quadcoptery

I don't know any more than what 777BlueAngel notes on his Youtube page:

Showtime Nandlstadt 2015 - Harry Potter
Not only the kids loved Dietmar Metz's radio controlled Harry Potter.

Added by Mark Harrison on February 28, 2015 at 2:28pm — No Comments

A Microsoft Vision of the Future...

Microsoft’s vision of the future: Everything is a screen, and thin is in

Redmond shows us a…


Added by F. C. Bearsch on February 28, 2015 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

Drones flying at Oshkosh! Part of EAA AirVenture's Aviation Gateway Park

Wanted to pass this along as an FYI.…


Added by Dick Knapinski on February 27, 2015 at 2:34pm — 2 Comments

Pacificbots - Update

Finally was able to get one of the bots out onto the water. For this test, I chose an area of San Francisco Bay that is subject to strong currents during the tide changes. As the tide was going out, the current was about 3 knots. The bot did fine. There were plenty of settings to tweak and a few adjustments of the Pixhawk PID had things working smoothly.

Some takeaways from the test.

Turn radius: Once I threw the switch into autonomous mode, I notice some…


Added by PacificBots on February 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Drone Maker 3D Robotics Raises $50 Million In Latest Round


By Frank Bi and Ryan Mac

Less than two weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled its proposed regulations for commercial drones, one California-based drone company sealed its latest round of financing.

North America’s largest personal drone manufacturer, 3D Robotics,…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 26, 2015 at 3:34pm — 21 Comments

DIY Drones at 64,000 members!


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 26, 2015 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

DAS LAB using 3D printer technology on making rapid UAV prototyping


We started to make a lightweight, high performance, long endurance UAV airplane for multiple purposes. The features will be, live monitoring, 3D aerial mapping, thermal monitoring ect. To make an extra challenge for our self we planned to  make the air plane weight less than 1 kg and see how quickly we can make the plane.

3D print is that it allows us to print very…


Added by DAS Lab on February 26, 2015 at 6:00am — 12 Comments

FPV Racer X8 Quadcopter


Ive recently crashed my FPV Racer (Pictures below).

The problem was I lost contact with the transmitter on my end and ended up falling from a 30 Meter Height onto hard concrete. Thought it would have completely destroyed the drone, but as i panicked and came to my destination which it fell to i realised the damage was not so…


Added by Peter Gulin on February 26, 2015 at 4:01am — 14 Comments

Drones used to monitor Koala population

The Queensland University of Technology are employing drones to assist in monitoring Koala population and distribution. This is important work that could help to improve our understanding of this…


Added by Quadzimodo on February 25, 2015 at 10:35pm — 1 Comment

Kickstarter : Low cost 2G/3G board with cheap plan (1$/month for 1Mb)

The Electron is a tiny development kit for creating cellular-connected electronics projects and products. It comes with a SIM card and an affordable data plan for low-bandwidth things.

Imagine a cellular-connected Arduino, but with a…


Added by Bertrand Duchiron on February 25, 2015 at 9:31pm — 10 Comments

FPV Gimbal For Zoom Camera - First Week of Tests

Hi guys, 

First i'd like to thank all of you for your comments regarding our first post (http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/fpv-gimbal-for-zoom-camera?xg_source=activity). Your comments helped us with technical issues and got us really positively…


Added by Greg Dronsky on February 25, 2015 at 6:30pm — 18 Comments

Using smartphone for the brain of a drone

Hi DIY Drones, we are happy to write here about our drone that use smartphone as the brain, and phone's display for its face! We are trying to build an API set that runs on Android, which send commands in MAVLINK over USB serial to Pixhawk.

We were researchers of optimization problems at Stanford univ. and the Univ. of Tokyo, and we study route scheduling and…


Added by Kai Yan on February 24, 2015 at 9:01pm — 29 Comments

An Autopilot in the clouds - part 6.5

An Autopilot in the clouds - part 6.

The loooong wait...

Weather here in Denmark is optimal right now, if you’re either a fish or create 110% waterproof hardware. So while waiting to get a decent chance for the UTV1 to get it’s maiden flight, I thought I’d shortly describe a…


Added by Jesper Andersen on February 23, 2015 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Grandma flies a drone

Those GoPro people are running out of ideas at this point.... If you look closely im pretty sure someone just gave her a DJI controller that was non operational. l

Added by Eduardo Romero on February 23, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

FAA and the Industry's first response

For those of you who have not been following the latest news from the FAA this concise article should clear the mind about the impact of new regulations and the industry's opinion.

Keep in mind: The rules won't become law until mid-to-late 2016 at the earliest, though 2017 is a safer bet.…


Added by Robert on February 23, 2015 at 11:33am — 3 Comments

Vision based upgrade for Aerial filmmakers

Hey guys,

An update for you all from before (here). We got some awesome feedback from you guys last time about our work on vision-based tracking and intelligence for drones. Check out our demo reel and launch video here:…


Added by Yan Ma on February 23, 2015 at 10:30am — 22 Comments

Soon to be Released: Full HD Capable Micro Brushless Gimbal for 200 Sized Quads

RCLogger, the company who brought one of the least expensive mini brushless quads to market with the EYE One Xtreme, is now working on a micro-brushless gimbal for 200 sized quads. The gimbal will be capable of carrying the 1080p capable Mobius camera, a favorite among hobbyists for its size, quality, and price. The entire setup, including aluminum-framed brushless…


Added by HeliStorm on February 22, 2015 at 10:00pm — 35 Comments

APM:Plane 3.2.3 and 3.3.0beta1 released

The ArduPilot development team has a special treat for fixed wing users today - a double release!

  • A new stable 3.2.3 release with 3 fixes for 3.2.2
  • A new 3.3.0beta1 release with a lot more changes for wider testing

The 3.2.3 release is a minor update to 3.2.2 with 3 fixes:

  • A fixed to relative altitude drift when on the ground…

Added by Andrew Tridgell on February 22, 2015 at 9:47pm — 28 Comments

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