December 2017 Blog Posts (35)

Testing Virtual Reality Joystick example based on IMU 10-DOF APM 2.x Boards.

Testing Virtual Reality Joystick example based on IMU 10-DOF high speed sytem with APM 2.x board.

NO HOST DRIVERS needed, this work directly on any platform!

This example will be available on the URUS github repo, right now we have pushed 70% code. We hope to push it on the next week.

We have opened a gitter channel for developers…


Added by hiroshi takey on December 30, 2017 at 11:22am — No Comments

Review and test : Imalent DX80 - Most powerful drone's SAR light ?

Hi Guys,

In, this video, I test and review the most powerful LED flashlight that exist on the market right now : the IMALENT DX80,

also known as "The End of Darkness", producing an insane 32.000 Lumens !

This flashlight contains its own battery pack (4S2P). Its reflector is designed to be both a good…


Added by Hugues on December 30, 2017 at 8:55am — 2 Comments

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Drones become the star of Chinese airshows

From the New York Times: …


Added by Chris Anderson on December 28, 2017 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Lego Sorter [Prototype] by SPH Engineering

Hi, guys,

A few of our engineers from UgCS team recently built a project in their off-time that we thought some of you might be interested in seeing. 

Since kids having lots of Lego bricks can cause somewhat of a chaos, the guys from our team have built an automated lego sorter to deal with this problem. It uses a vibratory bowl feeder and an artificial…


Added by Kristaps Brass on December 28, 2017 at 9:56am — 5 Comments

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Guy Pearce plays a modified DJI Phantom in "Donny the Drone"

"Donny the Drone" is voiced by Guy Pearce in this new sci-fi short featuring a modified DJI Phantom.



Added by Chris Anderson on December 26, 2017 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Drone following a roomba

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I write a blog post here!

In this post I will explain about a very cool robotics project I did last year. This project is as cool as it sounds: making a drone follow a roomba using computer vision!

This has been done before and for sure someone has posted their on solution here, I…


Added by Aldo Vargas on December 26, 2017 at 1:43pm — 9 Comments

Longest flight ever done with a multicopter drone

Hi all, 

We have been trying to achieve this goal for a long time. Two years ago we do a flight of 3 hours and 10 minutes with very early model, and our next goal was 4 hours but the guys of Skyfront published a record of 4 hours and 34 minutes. Now we are super happy to announce that we have surpassed this record!!!

We think it is…


Added by jlcortex on December 26, 2017 at 9:51am — 1 Comment

ZTW helps FMS fly to gaoXiong, Taiwan, 2017 International RC plane Carnival

Rc airplane Race at Taiwan

On November 26, 2017, FMS Tour Kaohsiung Station was successfully held in Tainan Kaohsiung Aviation Education Exhibition Hall! This event is jointly sponsored by FMS, Feiyun model, Kaohsiung Remote Sports Association, ZTW, Ge Ruipu, micro-beans sports and other units.

The ultra-popular activities have received the full support of Taiwan’s six model aircraft associations. Kaohsiung’s ZF and Tourism Bureau also called for live events. More than 500 model friends,…


Added by FMS RC airplane on December 25, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Emlid Edge in stock! Check out flight videos

Hey everyone,

We are pleased to announce Emlid Edge drone controllers are in stock! The time has come to get your drone and your action camera prepared for flight!…


Added by Emlid on December 25, 2017 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Setup a Raspberry Pi as a Companion PC

Hi everybody, this is my last short tutorial for setting up a Raspberry Pi as Companion PC.

That is easy stuff for experts, but definitely something I would have appreciated when I started.

Added by Tiziano Fiorenzani on December 24, 2017 at 1:23pm — 3 Comments

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Pixhawk Mini now just $92 on Amazon

Crazy good deal on the best autopilot for small drones and rovers. This deal won't last long.  Free shipping for Prime members.

Includes GPS, power module, 8-channel servo rail expander for planes and designed for latest Dronecode/PX4 and…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 22, 2017 at 1:44pm — 3 Comments

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FCC fines FPV dronemaker for illegal radios

From Hackaday:

The commission just levied a $180,000 fine on a company in Florida for selling…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2017 at 12:50am — 2 Comments

Universal Adapter for DJI Cameras / Gimbals

Hi, guys,

We'd like to update you on what's happening with our universal adapter for DJI cameras (see here for more info in case you've missed it).

While developing our tethered drone system AirMast, we've also put work into designing a…


Added by Kristaps Brass on December 20, 2017 at 2:55am — 2 Comments

Five Biggest Commercial Drone Trends of 2017 and the Challenges Ahead

Last year at this time, I reflected back on the news and trends of the commercial drone markets of 2016 and wrote about the mixed state of affairs ahead for 2017. Throughout the year, I offered my perspective on how the drone industry was still motivated by hype and…


Added by Colin Snow on December 19, 2017 at 10:42am — No Comments

Tattu 2s Vs 3s LiPo Battery: Which One Is Better For Mini FPV Racing Drones?

Last week I received from Gens Tattu two Li-Po batteries for review. The Tattu 2s 800 mAh and Tattu 3s 450 mAh. Firstly, I thought…


Added by Diven Parker on December 19, 2017 at 12:30am — No Comments

AirSim + TensorFlow = Deep Learning Fun!

Originally developed as an MAV flight simulator, Microsoft's AirSim program recently added the ability to drive a simulated  car.  Although my own interests lie on the MAV side,  students in my recent AI / Deep Learning…


Added by Simon D. Levy on December 18, 2017 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

MAAXX Europe: Autonomous Drone Racing Championship

What is MAAXX Europe?

MAAXX challenges competitors to design, build and race autonomous drones against each other. The rules…


Added by Miles Isted s'Jacob on December 18, 2017 at 4:03am — No Comments

Intelligent Electric Unmanned Helicopter "PARUS " released

At the just-concluded GUSC Unmanned Systems Conference & Expo, ZIYAN released the "PARUS ", the smallest high-performance intelligent electric unmanned helicopter in the country, arousing great concern in the industry. PARUS will surely bring about a revolutionary application in the industry with its most cutting-edge…


Added by Yana Tang on December 18, 2017 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

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Dronecode/PX4 1.7 out now, biggest release to date

We are happy to announce the release of PX4 v1.7.0, this version comes packed with performance and quality of life improvements. With 1840 commits with the help of 76 authors and hundreds of flight hours across all of our certified hardware, this is the biggest release of PX4 to date.

This release couldn’t have happened without the help of our supporting…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 17, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Drones for Firefighting: Infographic

In the past, local authorities have complained about the irresponsible use of UAVs and issued a plea to drone hobbyists to keep their drones grounded as they can cause major delays and problems in firefighting operations. However, the responsible use of this technology can play a large part in fire departments as drones can be a powerful tool to reduce hazards to life…


Added by Jet Flora on December 15, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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