Paul's Blog (45)

Drone-maker 3D Robotics cuts jobs, refocuses on corporate market.

3D Robotics Inc., one of the better-funded, high-profile drone startups, is laying off an undisclosed number of its staff in a restructuring aimed at moving more quickly into the commercial market, due to heavy competition in the consumer drone market.…


Added by Paul on March 24, 2016 at 7:03am — 38 Comments

Google Cloud Vision API Free Trial

To show a simple example of the Vision API, we have built a fun Raspberry Pi based platform with just a few hundreds of lines of Python code, calling the Vision API. Our demo robot can roam and identify objects, including smiling faces. This is just one simple example of what can be done with Cloud Vision…


Added by Paul on December 2, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

US NAVY Sonar/Lidar Editing Software Released To the World

The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) has spent 16 years developing the Pure File Magic Area Based Editor (PFMABE) software suite to edit the huge volumes of lidar and sonar data they collect every year. In accordance with 17 USC 105, copyright protection is not available to any work of the US…


Added by Paul on April 6, 2015 at 4:33am — 7 Comments

Aerial Camera from the 1941-1945.

Found this for sale on my local Canada Kijiji Classifieds, call Ebay Classifieds in the US.

WW2 Fairchild K-20 Aerial Camera RARE 


The Fairchild K-20 was an aerial camera made by the Folmer-Graflex Corporation during World War Two. About 15,000 were made from 1941-1945. …


Added by Paul on March 3, 2015 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Blank Coverage from TC in Airport Zone

Link to article

Really nice to see UAV being use in a good way.  But what I am wondering Transport Canada wants

to promote safe use but they gave this blank sfoc to this for a station and the city is in the zone of a…


Added by Paul on January 22, 2015 at 4:22pm — 3 Comments

DJI INSPIRE 1 in Action



Added by Paul on November 12, 2014 at 5:00pm — 34 Comments

3D Print a Graphene Battery into a quad frame ???

Husband And Wife Team Unveil The World's First 3D-Printed Graphene Battery

A company founded by a married couple has unveiled the world’s first ever graphene 3D-printed…


Added by Paul on October 25, 2014 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Bullding to Building long range delivery by train transport etc ???

I was wondering how feasible it would be for a drone to deliver long distance by hitching a ride

by a passing train or transport etc... And getting off at the next building.

Maybe one day people will have…


Added by Paul on October 2, 2014 at 7:11am — 6 Comments

FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

"The FAA has released a set of cease and desist letters sent in 2012 and 2013 to people operating drone vehicles for a variety of purposes including: tornado research, inspecting gas well stacks, aerial photography, journalism education, and other purposes. Drone cease and desist…


Added by Paul on September 6, 2014 at 1:00pm — 27 Comments

Microsoft Research Brings Kinect-Style Depth Perception to Ordinary Cameras http://

Among Microsoft Research's contributions to SIGGRAPH 2014, a machine learning technique for estimating absolute, per-pixel depth using any conventional monocular 2D camera, with minor hardware modifications. Our approach targets close-range human capture and interaction where dense 3D estimation of hands and faces is desired. We use hybrid…


Added by Paul on August 12, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Aerial view to Google Inside Street view.

Just finished a job and thought I would like to share it. I've incorporated an aerial to an inside view, if you're checking the aerial click the red front entrance and you will land to the front door and be able to enter in and tour inside . I am always looking for ways to innovate these aerial views.…


Added by Paul on July 12, 2014 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Looks promising, Alcoa, Phinergy developing aluminum-air battery

The announcement was made in Montreal where they debuted a zero-emissions electric deomonstration car powered by the aluminum-air battery at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

MONTREAL— Alcoa Ltd. and Israeli firm Phinergy are working together to commercialize an aluminum-air battery they…


Added by Paul on June 2, 2014 at 5:05pm — 4 Comments

Horizon Hobby now has Fat Shark and Immersion fpv gear

Attitude V2 Bundle, Dominator V2 Bundle, and many other product they are adding.…


Added by Paul on May 31, 2014 at 5:50pm — No Comments

British scientists defy the laws of physics to create a flat lens that thinks it’s curved.

British scientists defy the laws of physics to create a flat lens that thinks it’s curved.



Added by Paul on April 16, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

(A free flexible freeOPV) I could see a couple of these on a wing!


The polymer solar cell was envisioned many years ago as a low cost flexible PV technology made using fast printing processes, simple machinery and abundant materials. At the turn of the millennium there was a lot of hope that the vision would become reality and this spawned a massive surge in the scientific literature with ever increasing performance and marvels of processability, yet the polymer solar cell remained elusive and the few examples of available OPV have…


Added by Paul on March 20, 2014 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

Still cold and lot's of snow in East Canada, but was a nice day for a flight to get a 360 for real estate.

I am using PanoramaStudio Viewer Interactive 3D panoramas and zoom.

 Click here to see my interactive 360 Aerial View


Added by Paul on March 9, 2014 at 7:37am — 8 Comments

New Blade 350 QX AP Combo with Gimbal and caemera.


This model includes a plethora of new features including:

• 2-axis brushless gimbal with optional pitch control

• 1080/30 camera with 720/30 video downlink to mobile devices

• 3S 3000 mAh flight battery for extended shoots

• New DX4 Transmitter

The 350 QX AP Combo also takes on a host of upgrades to the existing…


Added by Paul on January 29, 2014 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

Soon we can mint our own carbon prop ? frame ?

The world's first 3D Printer designed to print Carbon Fiber.

Waltham, MA @…


Added by Paul on January 29, 2014 at 5:30am — 7 Comments

Amazon Drones Now UPS Drones


UPS experimenting with delivery drones, set to challenge Amazon's Prime Air.

Full article here:UPS…

Added by Paul on December 3, 2013 at 9:00am — 22 Comments

Goggles enable interaction with floating display!


Could be fun to see and control fpv screen and apm screen and other input at the same time ?

A Taiwan-based nonprofit R&D organization announced Wednesday a virtual display that allows users to control virtual keyboards and touchscreens that float out in front of users.

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said…


Added by Paul on October 24, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

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