May 2013 Blog Posts (211)

Thirty Days (#22): Instructables Drone Contest

Our friends at Instructables have announced a contest looking for the best step-by-step Instructable for building a project involving airborne autonomous and radio controlled vehicles!

You can find all the details here: …


Added by Joshua Ott on May 31, 2013 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

The Drones are coming ... to a stage near you


Evoking an alternative version of the ancient Greek myth, I-CARE-US is a new interactive digital performance that anticipates a not-so-distant future, where Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will be part of our domestic air space.

Delivering medicine, pizzas or newspapers, as contemporary versions of…


Added by Fernando Nabais on May 31, 2013 at 3:16pm — 1 Comment

Augmented reality display of air traffic for amateur drones

I made a video showing how I used a $20 ADS-B receiver to overlay air traffic on FPV video from my drone--in a web browser.  The blog post, "Augmented reality display of air traffic for amateur drones" has more details, including instructions…


Added by John Wiseman on May 31, 2013 at 10:53am — 17 Comments

Announcing the Los Angeles and OC Drone User Group

Calling all drone lovers in the Los Angeles and Orange County area! We are excited to announce the formation of the Los Angeles and Orange County Drone User Group (LA-OC DUG). LA-OC DUG welcomes both total newbies and experienced users, hobbyists and professionals, and anyone who is…


Added by Timothy Reuter on May 31, 2013 at 6:53am — 3 Comments

Robo Raven looks so real that a hawk attacks it mid flight!

This video demonstrates a new robotic bird, "Robo Raven," whose wings flap completely independently of each other, and also can be programmed to perform any desired motion, enabling the bird to perform aerobatic maneuvers. This is the first time a…


Added by Joshua Johnson on May 31, 2013 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Introducing the Flight Controller Board for Turnigy 9x (and clones)

Being sick about changing the flight modes of APM 2.5 on my Turnigy 9x via rotary pot (which is actually not really practicable), I searched for alternatives to switch.

What are the possibilities ?

1. Buying a rotary Switch for the 9x with presoldered Resistors - 30$ - No Way

2. Buying the Switch and solder the Resistors by myself - maybe 3-5$ -…


Added by Patrick Matschiner on May 31, 2013 at 12:00am — 12 Comments

Yesterday the - the lows...


After a good day out yesterday, I took my small quad out for some full stick action tonight.

And it was all going well until...I think I sheared off a motor. At 20m. So this happened:

Reason I think the bolt sheared, is the fine thread left in the bottom of the motor (I tried to show it in the pic). And the way it…


Added by Euan Ramsay on May 30, 2013 at 1:11pm — 19 Comments

Adding night vision to the Raspberry Pi camera


After months of promises, the Raspberry Pi camera is finally heading out to hackers and makers across the world. Of course…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on May 30, 2013 at 12:27pm — 4 Comments

New Training Center & Testing Grounds for 3D Robotics/DIY Drones Coming Soon

Click Here for More Pictures & Information

Our location is about an hours drive south of the U.S border in Northern Baja California.  We have approximately seven square miles of isolated training & testing space which we…


Added by Michael Edwin on May 30, 2013 at 12:12pm — 7 Comments

First video of my quad

My first ever video from a quad

This will bring a laugh to the veterans...

After spending a few months and every available night doing flying since I took up the hobby, tonight, I took the plunge and slapped a go-pro 2 underneath my quad legs. Absolutely no attempt was made at optimization, alignment or vibe…


Added by Euan Ramsay on May 30, 2013 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Optical flow stories

Look how well you can navigate using just el cheapo optical flow…

Added by Jack Crossfire on May 30, 2013 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

9x gets 3DR 915 MHz air module

Finally completed the 3dr mod on my 9x. Seems to link up instantly - no more waiting for mission planner to download parameters or the awkwardness of forwarding the mav data back out over bluetooth!…


Added by Bob Doiron on May 29, 2013 at 9:00pm — 27 Comments

My low cost HD camera quad (yet another attempt at a sub hundred dollar aerial video platform)

In a previous post, I put video up from my attempt at a cheap HD camera quad. I was using a WLtoys v959 quad as the airframe, and an Emerson Action Cam GoPro knock-off as the camera. It worked, but with terrible jello effect on the video. I finally bought an…


Added by HeliStorm on May 29, 2013 at 8:57pm — 9 Comments

3D Robotics
Texas drone bill clears use by police, not civlians

The Texas Legislature has passed a drone bill, which only requires the Governor's signature to become law.

Description, from The Verge:

The Texas Privacy Act makes it a misdemeanor the…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2013 at 8:05pm — 22 Comments

Thirty Days (#20): Blimp at the Faire

This blimp floated through every now and then, it was very peacful.

Added by Joshua Ott on May 29, 2013 at 6:39pm — 5 Comments

FIND MY DRONE iPhone App Published in App Store

Pleased to announce today that my new App FIND MY DRONE is now available in the App Store. FIND MY DRONE is a FREE App that connects your iPhone to your personal UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) using the popular MAVLink protocol.

Watch this space, FIND MY DRONE will soon be followed by MAVPilot, a ground control station for your pocket.

more info …


Added by Bill Bonney on May 29, 2013 at 2:00pm — 35 Comments

Please do three small things to help create

Hi ya'll,

I just posted about this on the APM dev list, but it would be great to get some participation in a drones.stackexchange site.  For those not familar stackexchange/stackoverflow is a great web format for asking questions and getting answers.  The person who asks the question marks the best answer…


Added by Kevin Hester on May 29, 2013 at 12:00pm — 12 Comments

Drone Adventures in Haiti (Robohub)

For their first humanitarian mission, Adam and Emanuele from Drone Adventures went to Haiti to explore the potential use of drones to map encampments, riverbeds and entire villages.…


Added by IKE on May 29, 2013 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

Phone drone project v1.0


Dear folks

Some of you are already aware about the phonedrone board and the contribution of Falko to it. Now we thought to continue on his work and after working on it for…


Added by John Pachtoun on May 29, 2013 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

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