November 2014 Blog Posts (129)

IndieGoGo for Let's make Learning Beautiful for Kids using Robots

Help our robots contribute to kids learning globally through our Let's make Learning Beautiful mission. Spread the message about our IGG campaign:

Grab our exclusive perks like beautiful T-shirts, Mugs and Lifelong Earn-On-Every Robot Game..

Added by Karan Kamdar on November 3, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

3D Robotics
Penguins like Rovers when they're dressed up like chicks

From Wired:

Scientists who study wild animals want to get as close as possible to their subjects without stressing them out or disrupting their natural behaviors. One possible solution: remote-controlled rovers.

In a new study, Yvon Le Maho of the University of Strasbourg in…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 2, 2014 at 7:20pm — 4 Comments

3D Robotics
Job opening for humanitarian UAV research project manager

Interesting new job listing at the New American Foundation:

New America’s International Security Program (ISP) is looking for a Project Manager to join our team in Washington, D.C. to support our efforts to create a primer on the…


Added by Chris Anderson on November 2, 2014 at 6:31pm — 2 Comments

SmartAP 3.0 Pro

The next generation of SmartAP Autopilot - SmartAP 3.0 Pro has been released for public recently. This is the state of the art flight control system for multirotor UAVs capable of fully autonomous flight. It has a powerful MCU STM32F4, 9-axis IMU, integrated telemetry module and the latest GPS receiver from UBlox (UBlox NEO 8) already integrated onboard. SmartAP 3.0 was…


Added by Kirill on November 2, 2014 at 11:05am — 9 Comments

APM X8 redundancy is brilliant

Just a post as a compliment to the Devs. Today, I was able to test a full flight with my X8 with a payload and a motor out. Only a 3kg load instead of the maximum 4.5kg, but that's a design fault of my own in the target bracket, not of the magnets or of the X8.

It flew as if nothing was wrong. Start to finish, I had full control, and it behaved almost as…


Added by Euan Ramsay on November 2, 2014 at 10:19am — 7 Comments

Sony camera controlled with RC transmitter

for this demo I used 3.3v as power source for the receiver but in real life it will probably be a 5v power source so you'll need to figure a way how to do it (resistors, level…

Added by elad orbach on November 2, 2014 at 9:00am — 22 Comments

CanberraUAV's Future Plans

After our win at the 2014 UAV Outback Challenge and the many subsequent team discussions, CanberraUAV has developed a detailed set of goals for the next couple of years (see…


Added by Stephen Dade on November 1, 2014 at 10:30pm — 16 Comments


I laughed when I first saw these. Here is a picture of several pieces in a tictac box.  But on second thought they probably have a lot of uses and relevancy here on DIYdrones. There is a Kickstarter going on now.…

Added by John Hestness on November 1, 2014 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

A reminder to double and triple check your products (exploded ESCs)

So I've just walked back from testing my new custom quad. This was the second quad that I'd built; I'm relatively new to multirotors, but have spent a number of years with fixed wing systems.

Anyway, the specs of this new quad:

Carbon fiber folding frame (this one; other…


Added by Joshua on November 1, 2014 at 6:23am — 15 Comments

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