March 2014 Blog Posts (152)

2D image post-processing techniques and algorithms

A number of people on this site are using their vehicles for aerial mapping. There are tools available for image stitching, which basically produces a rough idea about what the terrain looks like from above. Image stitching does not compensate for perspective and usually contains lots of artifacts. The reason why some older tools don't really work that well is because they rely…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on March 21, 2014 at 8:41pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Matt Waite: The FAA, the First Amendment, and the World's First Journalism Drone Lab

Matt Waite thought he was going to die a paper reporter, but now he says it looks like the papers are going to die first.

In November of 2011, Waite founded the first journalism drone lab in the world at the University of Nebraska. It was also the first journalism drone lab in the world to get a…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on March 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Control a fleet of drones with Salesforce

This is a very cool hack by Reid Carlberg, using two Parrot AR.Drones, three Raspberry Pis and the Salesforce1 Mobile App. See the whole…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 21, 2014 at 12:38pm — 7 Comments

What can bees tell us about seeing and flying at night?

(Image of Megalopta Genalis by Michael Pfaff, linked from Nautilus article)

How would you like your drone to use vision to hover, see obstacles, and otherwise navigate, but do so at night in the presence of very little light? Research on nocturnal insects will (in my opinion) give us ideas on how to make this possible.

A recent …


Added by Geoffrey L. Barrows on March 21, 2014 at 11:47am — 3 Comments

Rise of the clones

Rise of the Clones (APM2.x series)…


Added by Philip on March 20, 2014 at 8:00pm — 51 Comments

DJI's new entry level Naza, The M lite.

Test Flight Video

I don't know how many of you fly with DJI's naza, With me coming for just using the kk2.5 this was quite the the upgrade and was price…


Added by Aaron Wiedenfeld on March 20, 2014 at 6:00pm — 13 Comments

(A free flexible freeOPV) I could see a couple of these on a wing!


The polymer solar cell was envisioned many years ago as a low cost flexible PV technology made using fast printing processes, simple machinery and abundant materials. At the turn of the millennium there was a lot of hope that the vision would become reality and this spawned a massive surge in the scientific literature with ever increasing performance and marvels of processability, yet the polymer solar cell remained elusive and the few examples of available OPV have…


Added by Paul on March 20, 2014 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

World's First LEGAL DRONE Delivery

No one was harmed in the making of this film.

Added by AKRCGUY on March 20, 2014 at 2:06pm — 3 Comments

One year of DroidPlanner

Today marks one year from the first public release of DroidPlanner (on March 20, 2013), so I thought would be nice to share some statistics.

The image above shows the number of active devices on which the application is currently installed.

And this is the distribution of installs by country:…


Added by Arthur Benemann on March 20, 2014 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

Roundtable on Drones and Privacy Australia

In a second installment Australia will have another roundtable on drones and privacy.

This will be held in Brisbane, Queensland on Friday 21 March 0930-1300K (AEST) = Thursday 20 March 2330-0300Z (UTC) with live audio broadcasted on

A transcript will be available approximately a week after the…


Added by Jonathan Parrott on March 20, 2014 at 6:07am — 4 Comments

Another epic drone Game Drive (Flight)

We were asked to do some field testing for the Investec Rhino Life Line with Dr Will Faulds. Thought I'd share some of the footage. Only in Africa! :)

Using APM2.6, Tarot T810, Alexmos BGC (soon to be upgrade to 3 axis) and the trusty GoPro.

Added by Wesley Versfeld on March 20, 2014 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Over-glacier UAV flights in New Zealand to create digital elevation models

The Agribotix team is in New Zealand, flying our UAVs over Tasman Glacier to help researchers at Victoria University of Wellington make a digital elevation model of the glacier. Today, we flew the twin boom Sky Hunter over 100km in transects across the glacier. We've mounted a downward facing camera in the fuselage, which takes photos every 3 seconds. Using these photos, and…


Added by Tom McKinnon on March 20, 2014 at 12:00am — 10 Comments

Join Game of Drones at Maker Faire - Get Free Tix and More!

Game of Drones will be hosting aerial action games at Maker Faire this May!  It's going to be our biggest event to date - And we want you there! 


Click …


Added by Marque Cornblatt on March 19, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Calling UAV and RC Pilots Around the World: An In-Depth Interview with iRevolution's Patrick Meier

For the past ten years, Patrick Meier (DIYD: PatrickMeier) has worked at the intersection of technology and humanitarian response. A Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging…


Added by Roger Sollenberger on March 19, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Are Quadcopters Legal?


Added by AKRCGUY on March 18, 2014 at 7:00pm — 17 Comments

HOWTO & optimization tool: Optimize your UAV's frequencies

How to optimize the choice of your UAV's radio frequencies


1. Introduction


As we make our UAV fly we use multiple radio frequency bands for different uses : RC control of the craft, eventual…


Added by Hugues on March 18, 2014 at 3:30pm — 16 Comments

Another FAA Incident

The FAA is crying foul at a Major League Baseball team. The Washington Nationals used a drone to take pictures of the team during spring training. Problem is they didn’t get permission. And commercial drone use is banned.

We didn’t…


Added by X-Winder on March 18, 2014 at 7:00am — 34 Comments


Guess how they got these shots!!


Added by Eduardo Romero on March 17, 2014 at 6:06pm — 11 Comments

DroidPlanner 2 - Official Stable Release

It is our pleasure to announce the first public release of DroidPlanner 2.0 on the Google Play Store.  It represents a complete rethinking of the way users interact with autonomous aircraft.  



Added by Arthur Benemann on March 17, 2014 at 12:14pm — 85 Comments

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