BGatti's Blog (40)

Leap is Kinect with 200* resolution? SLAM!

Get yer Dev Kit while its hot.

What technology does leapmotion use (is it imaging? a theramin?)

I'm not sure, but they promise uber-kinect like performance ; ie minority report handwaving;

but ultimately, if it creates a depth map at that size, shape, and cost…


Added by bGatti on May 21, 2012 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

<$10 IMU - Game On!

3D Accel and 3D Gyro for as little as $5.42

DataSheet offers little in the way of gyro stability or…


Added by bGatti on February 9, 2012 at 2:59pm — 2 Comments

Arduino has been pwned by Olimex

If you've used the Arduino enough to understand its shortcomings, or perhaps even dared to mention them alloud, be cheered, the gods have heard your prayers - and yes Omilex has been making devboards and breakouts long enough to be a god. This new Arduino…


Added by bGatti on November 14, 2011 at 5:01pm — 11 Comments

9 degrees freedom $56 with AVR codebase;lang=en;name=ATAVRSBIN1-ND


This is an interesting board - perhaps most interesting is the approach to driver-based sensors in the…


Added by bGatti on September 8, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Red Meat - GPS Module for $19

New at Mouser, This module needs an antenna.


Added by bGatti on July 11, 2011 at 9:53pm — 8 Comments

Red Meat

New 3 Axis Gyros....

multi-rate, 5 deg/s drift, ya da ya...

Added by bGatti on April 1, 2011 at 4:07pm — 10 Comments

$3 Pressure Sensor - New at Mouser

New Part on Mouser.

Airspeed sensor for about 30% the price?

Added by bGatti on March 23, 2011 at 4:30pm — 24 Comments

US Navy Radiation Sensor

For some reason, this weeks Electronics Goldmine flyer had only one dish on the menu: Geiger Counters. Would you like them in the rain or on a train? I have to say though, flying a Geiger Counter is a practical application for small UAV which cannot be accomplished by manned…


Added by bGatti on March 20, 2011 at 10:34am — 21 Comments

Current (and Airspeed) for $1.45

This is a Current (And Airspeed) Sensor for $1.45.

I raised this question a while back, and was reminded again by the Post below which asks how to stuff all of this into a small box. (Beautiful Glider)


Small planes should remains a primal focus because they reduce the real and regulatory risks and allow broader participation in more fields/parks,…


Added by bGatti on March 6, 2011 at 1:37pm — 21 Comments

Miami Dade to Purchase 20lb Drone from Honeywell


Posted: Yesterday at 6:20 am EST      …

Added by bGatti on January 7, 2011 at 1:37pm — 5 Comments

Maddow does Drones

Visit for breaking news,…


Added by bGatti on December 18, 2010 at 12:37pm — 3 Comments

First Hobby Autopilot? Mims at MITS

Bill Gates and Paul Allen moved to Albuquerque (~1975?) to write Software for the MITS Altair 8800, but 10 years earlier MITS cofounder Forest Mims III aka "god" in electronics hobbyist parlance, was working at this desk on sophisticated electronics for .... Drones.

Well, ok, maybe just model rockets, but hey this is 1966. Who would have though that a rocket launchable "Blinky"…


Added by bGatti on December 14, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Open Source Business Model

Looking for constructive feedback on OSBM - Hard or Soft I suspect.

My motion is that successful Open Source brands, such as Arduino, DIY, Linux etc... are the natural distributors of derived works, and should (therefore) encourage derived works specifically by hosting a marketplace for them - in which they charge a fee.

The argument in favor is that google searches and other reflections of mindshare will gravitate to the Copyright holders; derivative works are therefore… Continue

Added by bGatti on October 26, 2010 at 1:28pm — 9 Comments

Could a $5 Sensor and a UAV have prevented the San Bruno Explosion?

Natural gas leaked out of a PG&E pipeline in San Bruno, CA, killing an unknown number. Clearly the Buried Natural Gas infrastructure is beginning to age. Only UAV's can reasonably fly low enough in neighborhoods to create a map of NG concentration. I…


Added by bGatti on September 14, 2010 at 11:08am — 21 Comments

Open ATC

This is a Swarm routing project based on the Ant Colony Optimization Algorithm which I first played with some 10 years ago.

The essence of biomemetic algorithms is the realization of emergent behaviors above and beyond the programmed behaviors - for example in this case, Air corridors and… Continue

Added by bGatti on August 4, 2010 at 10:59am — No Comments

Fareed's Recommended Book - Patent law lead to Innovation, Steam engine, Revolution

on his Sunday CNN Show, Fareed Zakaria recommended this book and said it was relevant to the modern discussion of Ideas as Property (Patents). I should very much like to hear the perspective of DIY thinkers on the relative merits of Idea ownership, Idea sharing, and how they might reform the current Patent system. Is it still a tool for social mobility - and impetus for the Industrial revolution - as it was for Watts and his Steam engine - or has it been…


Added by bGatti on August 2, 2010 at 11:16am — 34 Comments

Update on Flex Circuits

To better show the potential of (DIY) flexcircuits, here is a board that includes the wiring bit and board to board connection. There are 14 connections to the mother board (8 in use).…


Added by bGatti on May 8, 2010 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

DIY Flex Circuits

PCB Boards are Cool, but the Holy Grail for robotics are the Kapton Flex Circuits which are both wire and circuit in one.

Using This Material, I was able to CNC a single-sided SMD circuit…


Added by bGatti on April 29, 2010 at 9:56am — 11 Comments

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