Joshua Ott's Blog – May 2013 Archive (28)

Thirty Days (#22): Instructables Drone Contest

Our friends at Instructables have announced a contest looking for the best step-by-step Instructable for building a project involving airborne autonomous and radio controlled vehicles!

You can find all the details here: …

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Added by Joshua Ott on May 31, 2013 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Thirty Days (#20): Blimp at the Faire

This blimp floated through every now and then, it was very peacful.

Added by Joshua Ott on May 29, 2013 at 6:39pm — 5 Comments

Thirty Days (#19): Office IR

Moving out of the near IR from the last post, we go into the far infrared. This is footage shot with a 40g, uncooled, 8-14um spectral band camera. Half the size of a GoPro and perfect for mounting on a small flying machine!…

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Added by Joshua Ott on May 28, 2013 at 4:30pm — 19 Comments

Falcon Drone joins the hunt for rhino poachers in South Africa

Excerpts from the Telegraph

May 27, 2013:

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The small, lightweight, battery-powered Falcon drones can be launched by hand in minutes and fly…

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Added by Joshua Ott on May 28, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

3DR is one of CNBC's Disrupter 50

3D Robotics is one of the five manufacturing companies in CNBC's Disrupter50 list; along with Makerbot, Quirky, Shapeways, and Rethink Robotics.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100727789…

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Added by Joshua Ott on May 25, 2013 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Thirty Days (#18): NIR camera conversion

John modified a point-and-shoot camera to capture near infrared images. This is half the puzzle in building NDVI images for analyzing crop health.

Information on the conversion can be found here: …

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Added by Joshua Ott on May 24, 2013 at 3:30pm — 28 Comments

B go Beyond Quadcopter/Car convertable

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2017062404/b-go-beyond

Another cool Kickstarter project. It looks like it works well on the ground, the video doesn't show very much of the flight performance. It does appear to be quite robust at least. Thanks to…

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Added by Joshua Ott on May 24, 2013 at 1:00pm — 17 Comments

"Drones: The future of disaster response"

CNN just posted this story

Here's an excerpt:

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Added by Joshua Ott on May 23, 2013 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Thirty Days (#17): 12-rotor close up

I had a couple of requests for a still shot of the 12-rotor beast that Joe and Justin cooked up, so here it is.

Added by Joshua Ott on May 23, 2013 at 4:30pm — 23 Comments

Thirty Days (#16): More maker Faire

R2 gangs roamed the halls!

Added by Joshua Ott on May 22, 2013 at 5:46pm — 5 Comments

Thirty Days (#15): Maker Faire Bay Area 2013

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Added by Joshua Ott on May 21, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Hero 3 with interchangeable lens mount

My dream has come true: a GoPro with interchangeable mounts.

Thanks to Radiant Images and View Factor Studios, this now exists!

I was talking to the …

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Added by Joshua Ott on May 20, 2013 at 5:00pm — 28 Comments

Thirty Days (#14): 12-rotor demo at Maker Faire 2013

Joe and Justin give the Maker Faire 2013 crowd a demo of their new heavy-lift 12-rotor creation -- including an example of flying with only six motors operational. The downwash from this monster could be used for clearing leaves off the lawn or removing snow from the driveway, in addition to keeping a large camera aloft.

Added by Joshua Ott on May 20, 2013 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

Thirty Days (#13): Y6 in-flight motor failure tests

Testing out how the new Y6 responds to an in-flight motor failure. Not bad!

Added by Joshua Ott on May 17, 2013 at 6:00pm — 19 Comments

New prop mounts

Now standard on the 850Kv AC2830 motors, or as replacement…

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Added by Joshua Ott on May 16, 2013 at 5:48pm — 10 Comments

Thirty Days (#12): Freeing Fozzie

After Brandon (3DR's Applications Engineer) rescued "Fozzie" from an undisclosed lab at UC Berkeley, the getaway car proved to be barely sufficient. We kept the angle of attack well into zero-lift angles, and the little Mazda stayed…

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Added by Joshua Ott on May 16, 2013 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

Thirty Days (#11): The new factory in Tijuana is coming together

Our new factory in Tijuana is coming together!

The ESD-safe flooring will be coated with a special wax. This works in conjunction with special booties on all the workers feet to keep electrical components happy and…

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Added by Joshua Ott on May 15, 2013 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Thirty Days (#10): Seeking zero % failure

Looking for failure is a bittersweet endeavor -- it goes against human nature to look for something that we don't want to find. Our in-house process improvements are bringing us closer and closer to the goal of zero failures. Some days everything we make is perfect, but when it's not, our job is to find the fault before it gets to the customer. These new…

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Added by Joshua Ott on May 14, 2013 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Thirty Days (#9): Meet the Fanuc

Our neighbor, Swerve Co, keeps some of their workers in cages.

Added by Joshua Ott on May 13, 2013 at 3:29pm — 3 Comments

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