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Using neural network to correct the errors in low-cost indoor localization technology

Some academics at the University of Toronto have released a paper showing different techniques in correcting the position errors in the Crazyflie ultrawideband-based indoor localization tech.  None of them are perfect, but it's interesting to see what works best


Accurate indoor localization is a crucial enabling technology for many…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2020 at 8:39am — No Comments

Very cool DIY F35

Not a drone (yet), but DIY and very well done. From Hackaday:

he advent of affordable gear for radio-controlled aircraft has made the hobby extremely accessible, but also made it possible to build some very complex…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 27, 2020 at 7:42am — 5 Comments

Using AirSim to train an autonomous racing drone

Very cool research from Microsoft on using their AirSim simulators to train racing drones for the real world:

Humans subconsciously use perception-action loops to do just…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 17, 2020 at 11:45am — No Comments

Using a drone to measure the wind

Cool research from Virginia Tech using a 3DR Solo to do wind measurement:

All multirotor drones can be used as wind sensors, providing…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 3, 2020 at 10:50am — No Comments

Microsoft releases Pixhawk-based autonomous soaring drone code

From Microsoft Research:

The past few years have seen tremendous progress in reinforcement learning (RL). From complex games to robotic object manipulation, RL has…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 1, 2020 at 8:14am — 2 Comments

Upgrading this site to Ning 3.0 (beta testers needed!)

Hey, all 91,000 of you! After way too many years of an old-skool design here based on the original Ning network template of 2007, I'm thinking it's time to upgrade to the more modern Ning 3.0 service. It should be much more usable on mobile, big screens and otherwise the responsive, social-friendly platform you'd expect today.  It's also an…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2020 at 6:38pm — 2 Comments

Microsoft AirSim drone racing at NeuroIPS

From the Microsoft Research Team:

Drone racing has transformed from a niche activity sparked by enthusiastic…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 10, 2019 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Evolution of solar-powered drones

From Hackaday:

Many of us have projects that end up spanning multiple years and multiple iterations, and gets revisited every time inspiration strikes and you’ve forgotten just how much work and frustration the previous…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 9, 2019 at 11:58am — No Comments

Tupperware + ArduRover = super cheap (but still effective) autonomous boat

From Hackaday:

There’s nothing quite like the sight of a plastic box merrily sailing its way around a lake to symbolise how easy it is to get started in autonomous robotics. This isn’t a project we’re writing…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 18, 2019 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Swarming Solos

Collaboration of Rajant, a mesh networking company, and the Norwegian military. BBC story here;

Scientists from the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and the US's Rajant Corporation are working on simultaneously flying about 20 drones that…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 6, 2019 at 8:06pm — 3 Comments

NXP is giving away 100 PX4-based development copters for its firefighting competition

This is pretty cool. NXP is giving away 100 of its new Dronecode/PX4-based ready-to-fly drone development platform to people entering its "help fight fires with drones" competition with 

Apply here…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2019 at 1:55pm — 6 Comments

PX4/Dronecode Developer Conference full house today in Zurich

More than 200 attendees at our first PX4 developer summit in Zurich!

Nearly 600 developers are now contributing to the project…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 20, 2019 at 8:55am — No Comments

PX4-based tailsitter VTOL

From Hackster:

"Engineers at the University of Toronto have designed a fully open sourced dual-rotor tail-sitter MAV using readily available electronics and…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 19, 2019 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Flying stick bi-copter

From Hackaday:

Fixed-wing planes and helicopters are no longer the darling of the RC world. Even quadcopters and other multirotors are starting to look old hat, as the community looks to ever more outrageous designs.…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 29, 2019 at 8:10pm — No Comments

New Draco development platform for Dronecode/PX4 with Realsense sensors

Features and benefits

• Modular parts

o Easy-to-replace powertrain. No more soldering hassles.

• Fully assembled and ready-to-fly

o Avoid the headache and uncertainty of building a drone from scratch. Draco-R is fully assembled, tested, and ready to fly, right out of the…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 25, 2019 at 2:47pm — 3 Comments

DIY Drones now at 90,000 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 90,000 members!

A few observations on this milestone:

  • It took 12 years to get to 90k members. It's a marathon, not a sprint
  • Although this is a zero-person operation (it runs itself,…

Added by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2019 at 6:17pm — 4 Comments

Why anti-poaching drones haven't worked well

As an industry, we had high hopes for the use of drones in anti-poaching efforts. But in hot climates everything looks hot to airborne thermal cameras and fleet logistics are crippling. Dogs work much better. Here's a…


Added by Chris Anderson on March 9, 2019 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

QGroundControl 3.5 released

Congrats to the QGroundControl team who have just released version 3.5 of my fave GCS. Along with a lot of bug fixes, these are the new features:

  • Overall
    • Added Airmap integration to QGC. OSX build only.
    • Bumped settings version…

Added by Chris Anderson on February 20, 2019 at 1:19pm — 2 Comments

Is it a rocket? A ducted fan-copter? Both?

I dunno which it is, but it's really DIY and interesting, and that's all that counts. From Hackaday:

Quadcopters are familiar, and remote control planes are old hat at this point. However, compact lightweight power…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2019 at 8:17pm — No Comments

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