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Drone learns to fly by crashing (a lot)

Excerpt from the IEEE Spectrum article:

“Learning to Fly by Crashing,” a paper from CMU roboticists Dhiraj Gandhi, Lerrel Pinto, and Abhinav Gupta,…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2017 at 1:39pm — 2 Comments

Navy wins DARPA swarm challenge

Air Force came in second. Most seem to be using 3DR Pixhawks by the looks of the teaser video. Final video coming soon

Added by Chris Anderson on May 8, 2017 at 11:08pm — 4 Comments

Review of the $50 Jevois computer vision camera/computer

Full review at our sister site, DIY Robocars, here, but this is how it starts:

I’m a huge fan of the …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 7, 2017 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Two-motor VTOL with Pixracer

Impressive design! APM on Pixracer controller. More here

Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2017 at 9:54pm — 3 Comments

Free webinars on drone design simulation

Two years ago Simscale had a good series of free webinars on using simulation tools for drone design. Now they're doing another series on May 11, 18 and 25.  From the announcement:



Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2017 at 12:38pm — 2 Comments

More powerful Pixhawk 3 coming soon

The PX4/Dronecode team and Drotek have been working on the next generation of Pixhawk autopilots, and you can now see a preview of that with the Pixhawk 3 Pro. It's based on the new PX4 FMU4 Pro standard, which includes a full suite of next-generation sensors and…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2017 at 7:00am — 75 Comments

DARPA swarming challenge kickoff. So many 3DR Iris+s!

From DARPA. Have you ever seen so many swarming Iris+s?

Service Academies Swarm Challenge Live-Fly Competition Begins

U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force academy teams compete in education-focused experiment to pave the way for future offensive…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 24, 2017 at 4:36pm — No Comments

OpenMV and ArduPilot tracking a colored ball

OpenMV is my favorite computer vision camera, and it combines a built-in OpenCV-like machine vision library with a microPython interface, all in one little board for $65. It also speaks MAVLink, so…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 23, 2017 at 4:47pm — 13 Comments

DIY Drones at 84,000 members!

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 84,000 members!

Thanks as always to all the community members who make this growth possible, and especially to the administrators and moderators who approve new members, blog posts and otherwise respond to questions and keep the…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 16, 2017 at 11:33am — No Comments

DIY Robocar autonomous car race this weekend at Thunderhill Raceway

Our sister site, DIY Robocars, is running joint outdoor event with Self Racing Cars at the Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA.  You can sign up here. We're going to be running a courses for smaller autonomous…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 30, 2017 at 11:50am — No Comments

OpenMV computer vision board now supports MAVLink, can appear as optical flow or AprilTag sensor

I love the OpenMV board, a $65 open source computer vision module that combines a camera and powerful M7 processor with a nice built-in Micropython interpreter and OpenCV-like computer vision library. It's also got a fantastic IDE that makes using it the simplest computer vision experience I've ever tried.  You can see in the…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 22, 2017 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

RaspberryPi hits 12.5m boards sold

From The Verge:

The official Raspberry Pi magazine just announced that over 12.5 million of the affordable little Linux boards have been sold since the original Pi was launched in…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 17, 2017 at 2:10pm — 1 Comment

DroneClash takes brings full destruction to drone racing

Nice to see a 3DR Iris+ there, but I'm slight afraid it got totally destroyed afterward ;-) Check out DroneClash for more mayhem. Looks fun!

In a real life video game of sorts, four teams will battle simultaneously. They can use as many drones as they like, but each…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 17, 2017 at 9:34am — 2 Comments

New Beaglebone Blue board designed for robotics

There's much to like in the new Beaglebone Blue board. Along with the usual Beaglebone processing power and Linux support, it has built-in IMU sensors, good WiFi, proper connectors and (for rovers) motor drivers and wheel encoders. It's also just $79, and supports ArduPilot out of the…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 16, 2017 at 3:14pm — 14 Comments

DJI: "Today’s hobbyist is tomorrow’s inventor, and tomorrow’s inventor is next year’s technology industry pioneer.”

Some highlights from the testimony before Congress yesterday by Brendan Schulman of DJI. I think he's talking about us!…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 15, 2017 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Crumpling drones do less harm to themselves and what they hit when they crash

From The Verge:

Of all of the weird and wonderful ways nature creates resilient bodies, perhaps the most underappreciated is simply being so squidgy your problems just bounce off you. Well, a group…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 13, 2017 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

Interesting use of Reach RTK and 3DR Iris+ to map a tropical island

From GPS World:

3DroneMapping completed a project under tight time and space constraints — surveying a tiny tropical island without disturbing guests.

The 15-hectare island nine kilometers…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 8, 2017 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

Analyzing Parrot's latest financial report

Parrot is the only publicly-listed consumer/commercial drone company, so their quarterly and annual financial reports are one of the few places to get accurate and up-to-date numbers on how the drone industry is really doing. They published their Q4 2016 and full-year 2016 financials…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 3, 2017 at 8:30am — 21 Comments

Movidius neural network USB stick plugs into almost anything

fathomnew From TechCrunch. It works on Raspberry Pi!

Following on the heels of their announcement a few weeks ago about their FLIR partnershipMovidius is making…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2017 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Microsoft AirSim demo at Dronecode leadership meeting

Here's the Microsoft AirSim team demonstrating their amazing Unreal-based open source drone simulator package at this week's Dronecode leadership meeting at Intel. Dronecode development is growing exponentially -- this is just a glimpse of what's coming this…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2017 at 4:30pm — 11 Comments

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