Shannon Morrisey's Blog (42)

Eagle CAD Tutorial

Nice series of CadSoft Eagle tutorials from HackADay

 

I have yet to work with Eagle but am now motivated to do so on account of the aforementioned improvements…

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Added by Shannon Morrisey on September 21, 2011 at 7:11pm — 1 Comment

CadSoft Eagle V6 XML Support

For those into board design, Eagle is a nice free (for non-commercial use) option which has, until now, lacked XML structure.  Eagle will soon support importing & translating from other formats among other productivity improvements.  Until now, this compatibility issue has prevented myself and likely many others from using Eagle as a primary PCB design tool.  I believe the DIYD crew…

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Added by Shannon Morrisey on September 13, 2011 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Arduino ROV Sub

Nice Arduino submarine posting/build summary from IEEE…

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Added by Shannon Morrisey on September 1, 2011 at 5:15pm — 7 Comments

I2C GPS Shield

Arduino compatible shield simplifies the programming required to get GPS data while improving speed and flexibility. From Hack a Day

Added by Shannon Morrisey on May 24, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Secret New Firebird UAS Revealed

Northrup Grumman unveiled its new Firebird OPV (optionally piloted vehicle).  The aircraft has been conducting secret test flights for over a year and aims to take a large portion of the UAS market dominated by GA's Predator/Reaper.

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Added by Shannon Morrisey on May 6, 2011 at 3:56pm — 3 Comments

Industrial Robotics 2.0

ABB, the world's biggest industrial automation company, is promoting a very impressive humanoid concept platform called FRIDA.  I want it real bad.  From IEEE Spectrum Automation Blog

 

"Traditional industrial robots are big, expensive,…

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Added by Shannon Morrisey on April 19, 2011 at 5:10pm — 10 Comments

Celebrate Arduino Day April 14th

The only holiday worthy of such an epic poster.

From Arduino Blog  (…

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Added by Shannon Morrisey on April 13, 2011 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Arduino Satellite Tracker



Very cool project uses Arduino to track dozens of satellites in real time.

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Added by Shannon Morrisey on April 5, 2011 at 8:46pm — 4 Comments

3D Printer Used for Pick and Place PCB Automation


Cool new project aims to automate electronics assembly using an open source 3D printer.
From Thingiverse

Added by Shannon Morrisey on March 24, 2011 at 1:56pm — 1 Comment

DIY Transistors and OLEDs on a Makerbot

From MrKimRobotics: When you can print electric traces and semiconductors, a lot of things change.  Obviously, this is a long way from printing out the kind of high-density computronium you get from TSMC, IBM and Intel, but you do get some nice benefits.  For one, no fab…

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Added by Shannon Morrisey on December 16, 2010 at 1:03pm — 1 Comment

Visual Autolanding System for Rotorcraft

Yet another visual auto pilot system looking beyond the limitations of accelerometers and gyroscopes.


From The Engineer:…
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Added by Shannon Morrisey on December 4, 2010 at 11:16am — 1 Comment

Autopilot Attitude Control Based on Honey Bees' Vision



Autopilot imitates honey bees for aircraft aerobatics


From The University of Queensland:Australian scientists have developed a novel autopilot that guides aircraft through complex aerobatic manoeuvres by watching the…
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Added by Shannon Morrisey on December 1, 2010 at 3:25pm — 3 Comments

Creepy/Cool Animal Inspired Robotic Designs



Festo is a German robotics company promoting a number of weird and wonderful robots inspired by nature. My personal favorite is this particularly unsettling elephant trunk - brings to mind sentinels from The Matrix et al.


From Singularity Hub: "Robots are ripping off nature! …Good idea. Festo, a multinational robotics firm based in Germany, has…
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Added by Shannon Morrisey on November 24, 2010 at 2:34pm — 3 Comments

ROS Celebrates 3 Years of Open Source Robotics



From FastCompany: "This week marks the third anniversary of ROS (Robot Operating System), an open-source software platform for the… Continue

Added by Shannon Morrisey on November 11, 2010 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Laser Powered Quadrotor Sets New Aviation Record



From Xconomy: "A couple of startup companies set a world aviation record last night.


But they were pretty low-key about it. As I walked into the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo, WA, a half hour north of Seattle, I saw little activity. It was after hours, and the…
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Added by Shannon Morrisey on October 28, 2010 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

Tilt-Wing Stall Landing Technique Inspired by Birds

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has recently demonstrated an innovative landing control system that allows planes to land similarly to birds. Since this method allows quick changes of speed and fast landings, it might improve future aircraft...…



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Added by Shannon Morrisey on October 12, 2010 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

Latest UAV Replaces Flaps With Jets

A novel UAV has successfully demonstrated 'flapless flight' in the UK.


From Dailymail: "A British unmanned plane that uses jets of air to fly instead of conventional ‘flaps’ has made aviation history.


The experimental unmanned air vehicle (UAV), called DEMON, uses blown jets of air to…
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Added by Shannon Morrisey on September 27, 2010 at 4:10pm — 12 Comments

New UAV Designs Transform, Cooperate, and Sun Sail

All patent graphics: USPTO [moderator edit]



Some unusual new design schemes for UAVs were recently granted US patents.


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Added by Shannon Morrisey on September 22, 2010 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

Onboard Visual Navigation on a Quadrotor



Swiss engineers demonstrate onboard visual navigation scheme on the Pixhawk quadrotor. Rapid disturbance response is achieved through low CPU usage and 30ms latency from shutter to control output.


from pixhawk:…
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Added by Shannon Morrisey on September 17, 2010 at 10:56am — 4 Comments

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