May 2017 Blog Posts (45)

Are Drones Safe? Here's 5 Things to Think About

There is no question that we are living in the midst of a drone revolution. Consumers around the world are being captivated by the prospect of controlling these high-tech flying machines, and questions about their safety are beginning to emerge. An early 2017…


Added by Rachael Murphey on May 18, 2017 at 10:49am — 5 Comments

Aeromapper Talon surveys a whole island in a single flight

Takeoff from a nearby island, survey another one, then come back and land autonomously... No problem!


On December of 2016 Aeromao Inc. in collaboration with Foresight Surveyors completed a full photogrammetric survey mission with an Aeromapper Talon over one of the most unique and exotic islands in the Maldives, surveying a total…


Added by Mauricio on May 17, 2017 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Intel Edison and Drone: 5 Cool Things You Should Do

Companion computers have enabled development of powerful applications on drones. One such companion computer is Intel Edison. Its small and compact size makes it a perfect device for powering all your custom drone applications.

This post talks about 5 interesting applications that you can easily…


Added by Prasad Tambekar on May 17, 2017 at 2:28am — 1 Comment

OpenAi created a robotics system, trained entirely in simulation, which can learn a new task after seeing it done once

Robots that Learn

We’ve created a robotics system, trained entirely in simulation and deployed on a physical robot, which can learn a new task after seeing it done once.

Check out the video!…


Added by Greg Dronsky on May 16, 2017 at 9:50pm — No Comments

Road test demo of BX306 GNSS RTK receiver with tree cover & tall buildings

Precis-BX306 is a GNSS RTK board (GPS L1L2/GLONASS G1G2/BDS B1B2) for accurate position. This board offers real-time & cm-level…


Added by Tersus GNSS on May 15, 2017 at 2:30am — No Comments

A step closer to miniature, survey grade LiDAR

What is the difference between a low cost, hobby grade LiDAR and a much more expensive survey grade LiDAR? The short answer is that there are lots of differences. So the challenge becomes figuring out how to use the latest technology to achieve survey grade performance in a small, low cost package.

Ideally, a LiDAR should have perfect performance so that exact…


Added by Laser Developer on May 15, 2017 at 12:19am — 6 Comments

Review, test and setup tutorial of RTK XL GPS from Drotek

This is a quick and short review, setup and tutorial of the RTK XL GPS from uBlox/Drotek.

Test & Setup is done on Ardupilot + Pixhawk, using mission planner as the ground control station.

Note that this product was not provided for review by Drotek and the review is unbiased.

The RTK XL product can be found…


Added by Hugues on May 14, 2017 at 9:46am — 2 Comments

The Groundhog UAV - Curved line following

It's been a few week since tests were conducted of The Groundhog line-following a straight red line.  The Groundhog was an entry in the MAAXX Europe 2017 competition and although it didn't win, the lessons learned are being implemented so that it can be more competitive next year.

Time and weather have eventually converged to permit testing for the oval track -…


Added by Mike Isted on May 14, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Pixhawk-powered rover wins 2017 RoboMagellan competition

Congrats to Marco Walter, who won the the 2017 RoboMagellan competition at RoboGames with a rover that used Pixhawk + Ardurover + Odroid U3

Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2017 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

Visual Servoing using Drone Gimbal API

While choosing the right camera and streaming the video from a drone to your app has always been a frequently asked question. There we’ve several Drone API and SDK to build awesome apps for your…


Added by Achal Negi on May 11, 2017 at 4:29am — 1 Comment

Skywalker WALL-E 2000 and X2 FPV KIT on Sale

    In order to respond to hobbists's requirement, Skywalker starts to launch KIT version, that is Skywalker WALL-E2000 and Skywalker X2.

    Skywalker WALL-E2000 and Skywalker X2 start to sell KIT version. There are some details under below.  



Added by Ellen Zhu on May 10, 2017 at 11:48pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
Drone learns to fly by crashing (a lot)

Excerpt from the IEEE Spectrum article:

“Learning to Fly by Crashing,” a paper from CMU roboticists Dhiraj Gandhi, Lerrel Pinto, and Abhinav Gupta,…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2017 at 1:39pm — 2 Comments

On the Road to Maker Faire

Great video from Ardupilot Development Team member Jaime Machuca, on working towards  an upcoming Maker Faire in San Francisco's Bay area. The Ardupilot event is sponsored by Intel.

More  information on the project is available…


Added by Olivier on May 9, 2017 at 11:11am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Navy wins DARPA swarm challenge

Air Force came in second. Most seem to be using 3DR Pixhawks by the looks of the teaser video. Final video coming soon

Added by Chris Anderson on May 8, 2017 at 11:08pm — 4 Comments

Tethered drone 8 hour stress-test


Recently we did an endurance test on our AirMast drone. We thought you guys might be interested in seeing the video of it.

In the test the drone was made to hover in the air for 8 hours straight. It was powered from the ground through a lightweight cable. The system features an intelligent winch for the cable, allowing the drone to reach an altitude…


Added by Kristaps Brass on May 8, 2017 at 10:49am — 3 Comments

Skywalker X5PRO Whole Set

 Skywalker X5PRO is professional aircraft that we intend to design this as whole set. It has whole equipment, including ground station, camera, catapult.…


Added by Ellen Zhu on May 8, 2017 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

3D scanning like a pro

Almost any sensor yields more interesting results if mounted on a moving platform. It’s time to mount TOF LIDAR on two precision rotary stages arranged for pan and tilt operation. Rig provides real-time position data along with distance to an obstacle. Using simple math we can calculate position in Cartesian coordinate system. Data is collected point by point to…


Added by Saulius L. on May 7, 2017 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

3D Robotics
Review of the $50 Jevois computer vision camera/computer

Full review at our sister site, DIY Robocars, here, but this is how it starts:

I’m a huge fan of the …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 7, 2017 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

How does precision GPS work ( DGNSS , RTK , SBAS , PPP ) ?


This is a synthesized basic explanation of how precision GPS methods work:
-Differential GNSS (DGNSS)
-Real Time Kinematics (RTK)
-Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS)
-Precision Point Positionning (PPP)



Added by Hugues on May 6, 2017 at 8:21am — 3 Comments

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