August 2014 Blog Posts (138)

Quarry wall 3D Photomesh

Hi guys, Here is my latest experiment using my QR X350 Pro, SJ4000 and Autodesk ReCap to create a 3D photomesh of a nearby quarry wall. For more info on the mission visit my blog

Added by WallyJas on August 31, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics
MIT algorithim allows delivery drones to monitor their health in real time

From Gizmag:

The prospect of delivery drones brings with it a few notable issues. Beyond visions of colliding rotor blades and unsolicited package drops lies another problem:…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2014 at 8:17pm — No Comments

3D Robotics
Parrot Bebop drone with head-tracking Oculus Rift

From the Parrot blog:

oculus-bebop Few weeks ago, we were talking about this german developer who created a software to …


Added by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2014 at 7:57pm — 3 Comments

PyQuadSim: A Multi-platform, open-source quadrotor simulator in Python

PyQuadSim is a Python program that allows you to fly a simulated quadrotor miniature aerial vehicle (MAV) from a variety of controllers (joystick, R/C transmitter, PS3 controller).

You can modify the source code to add new sensors and other features, as well as configuring the simulated environment for different kinds of…


Added by Simon D. Levy on August 31, 2014 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Please Don’t Be the One to Get Drones Banned

Published on August 27, 2014 by Adam Griffith

Photography drones are facing a perilous atmosphere of distrust and legal chaos. In these circumstances, even small mistakes can have big consequences. A shift in public sentiment against private drone usage could easily result in the application of…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on August 31, 2014 at 1:00pm — 19 Comments

New quadcopter frame - custom design

I finalized a new layout of my drone design. It now includes a top and bottom plate, a canopy to protect the autopilot and a platform for a GPS (if needed). It also includes legs to be attached to the current 3DR arms.

In detail, the bottom plate includes 3M hole pinouts for the old and new arducopter power distribution boards. The bottom plate also has holes to attach…


Added by koen.hufkens on August 30, 2014 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Trent@MyGeekShow is alive!

Trent has just posted an update video explaining his recent absence from the online scene, identifying the fact that his shop is now back online and hinting at things come from MyGeekShow over the coming weeks.

Clearly he has been through the ringer these last few months, but appears to have returned fully charged (pun intended), and raring to get back into…


Added by Quadzimodo on August 30, 2014 at 2:47pm — 5 Comments

3D Robotics
New IR-tracking Kickstarter project for drones

This new Kickstarter project looks awesome. I've backed it, and will experiment with it for autonomous blimps (as well as copters):…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:55pm — 12 Comments

3D Robotics
Disney patents copter-controlled puppets

From IEEE Spectrum:

Disney has a research lab in Zurich, right next door to ETH Zurich. In the past, we've seen a lot of collaborations between Disney and ETH, often in the form of …


Added by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:43pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Robo-birds to scare away real ones

From Wired:

Birds are nice enough, unless you work at places like airports, farms, and landfills, in which case they’re the sworn enemy. Today, there are a variety of tools and technologies for spooking unwanted birds—we’ve…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2014 at 9:41pm — 2 Comments

"Superman" flight mode - intuitive interface design - (Thalmic Update - Ali's Video)

So the hunt continues, seems that the Universe heard my need for a demonstration video. It does the trick. 

As I get deeper into how to accomplish all the parts needed for this new flight mode idea I have focused on the controls,…


Added by F. C. Bearsch on August 29, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments

APM Planner 2.0.15-rc1 (Beta Release)

APM Planner 2.0.15-rc1 release is available.

When we released 2.0.14, we added a feature to subscribe to beta releases (we've called them 'release candidates' i.e. rc releases)

If you would like to help us test these new releases before we declare them stable (which would be awesome!) You can select Beta Release option checkbox in the APM Planner 2.0…


Added by Bill Bonney on August 29, 2014 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

SteadiDrone MAVRIK - new medium lift all round workhorse

Hey again all, been a while since I last posted here, been busy with development of our all new medium lift copter, MAVRIK, just wanted to post some details for those who are interested, and as always, any feedback welcome.

We've spent a huge amount of time and testing in developing the MAVRIK and very excited to get it out there, it does not replace the popular SteadiDrone QU4D but is it's new bigger, more grown up brother.

It's mainly aimed at…


Added by Duran - ALTI on August 29, 2014 at 10:30am — 28 Comments

Lidar landing with APM:Plane

Over the last couple of days I have been testing the Lidar based auto-landing code that will be in the upcoming 3.1.1 release of APM:Plane. I'm delighted to say that it has gone very well!

Testing has been done on two planes - one is a Meridian…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on August 29, 2014 at 2:04am — 31 Comments

Brookfield East HS Technology and Engineering Club: WE MADE IT!

In a startling turn of events, The BEHS Technology and Engineering Club Kickstarter (NOT the IndeGoGo) was funded!. In less then 15 Minutes, we went from 286$ to 1036$! YAY! SUCESS!

WOOHOO! (I'm excited)

DIY Drones was our single largest affiliate supporter site! Good for you! If you still want in on this awesomeness, there's less…


Added by Tim V on August 28, 2014 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Project Wing: Google Reveals It Has Been Working on Drones for Two Years

Google today revealed it has been working on a top-secret drone delivery program for the last two years. Nick Roy, an MIT roboticist on sabbatical for two years, has been leading the project based in Australia.

Google has developed a tail sitter aircraft, capable of VTOL transitioning to forward flight.…


Added by Dan Murray on August 28, 2014 at 5:17pm — 25 Comments

Hobbyking seems "Serious" now

Hobbyking just came with new large multirotor brushless motors.

 9235-100kv , that spins 30" props on 12S and capable of lifing 11kg each.

And for sure , these are cheap again, 1/3 of Tiger motor 10kg level, U11 motors.…


Added by Tipu on August 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — 20 Comments

Sony to begin developing drones with sony commercial sony sensor

Sony to begin developing drones from Biz / Tech Aug. 27, 2014 - Updated 23:26 UTC-4

Officials of Sony say they have begun developing unmanned aerial vehicles commonly known…


Added by tazdevil on August 28, 2014 at 7:04am — 12 Comments

Payloader max prototype complete

So, the first payloader max is built - time for testing!

Just got the APM to put back onto the lifter, and away we go.

Payloader max: 5kg capacity via parrallel EPM's, no moving parts to fail, full autonomous integration with arducopter 3.2.

The foldable lifter (around 11-12kg lift, depending on how you mark the efficiency loss of…


Added by Euan Ramsay on August 27, 2014 at 2:22pm — 17 Comments

A new cheap obstacle detector for robotics

There are a few obstacle detectors and rangefinders on the market, but are usually either very expensive or don't work

great outside (I am looking  at you Kinect). We decided to try to make a product that it is cheap and rugged enough to be used outdoors.

Here are some parameters:

  • detectable range: 200 mm to 1500 mm (7 to 60 inches )

    7.5 degrees angular resolution

    2 scans per second

    180 degrees view

    easy readable output data in…

Added by Harry Olar on August 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — 22 Comments

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