Chris Anderson's Blog – January 2008 Archive (29)

The DIY Drones Mission (aka The Five Rules)

"Because $10,000 $5,000 $1,000 is too much to pay for an autopilot, especially one that doesn't do exactly what you want."



An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV, colloquially known as a "drone") is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 4, 2008 at 11:00am — 18 Comments

Basic Stamp autopilot tutorial, part 3

SparkFun has quite a few GPS modules, but I prefer the EM406, because it uses the standard 5v power we're using on the dev board (as opposed to the EM408, which needs 3.3v) and has a handy red LED to show sat acquisition status (the 408 doesn't).



There are two difference between using the Parallax GPS module and a third-party… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 4, 2008 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

Our new site design--pretty cool, huh?

Just a quick note to call out Carl DeTorres, the Wired designer who did our new header and background graphics. (why didn't I have cool wallpaper like that when I was a kid?) We're still thinking about color choices and site architecture, so if you've got suggestions, please leave them in the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 3, 2008 at 11:50am — 21 Comments

Amazing new robotic fly from Harvard: fly-sized, really flies!

Harvard professor Robert Wood has demoed a robotic fly, which is the first to be both actually fly-sized and have a higher power/weight density than an real fly. From this good article about the project:



"...how to power… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 3, 2008 at 7:42am — No Comments

DIY Drones Interviews

This is a list of interviews we've had with UAV/autopilot experts here at DIYDrones. Each is a multipart interview:



Curt Olson, FlightGear and UAV simulation


  • Part 1 About Curt and the basics of using an open source flight simulator for UAV…
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Added by Chris Anderson on January 2, 2008 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Free autopilot code for the Propeller chip

If you're interested in Parallax's powerful 8-core Propeller chips, which are a huge step up from the Basic Stamps, here's some good news: a kind soul named Jason Wood has uploaded to the Parallax… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2008 at 10:00pm — 14 Comments

DIY Drones UAV projects

Other active UAV projects on DIY Drones.

(Please add a comment if you would like your project featured here.
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BlimpDuino, an Arduino-based autonomous indoor blimp…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2008 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments

Autopilot code projects, by processor/OS type

The following are links to code, tutorials and discussion on DIY Drones about autopilots for different embedded processors, onboard computers and operating systems. Leave a comment if you have a project that should be added here.





Ardunio Platform…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2008 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Jack Crossfire's UAV heli site and code

If you frequent RCGroups, you'll have encountered the wildly entertaining (and illuminating) near-daily posts of "Jack Crossfire", who's been chronicling his struggles in getting a very ambitious low-cost heli autopilot working. He has a site where you… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2008 at 1:14pm — No Comments

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