Chris Anderson's Blog – January 2009 Archive (24)

New BlimpDuino board (final production version)

Here's the final board (v6) that will be going into production (click for big picture). No big changes and it's pin compatible with all boards since v431, so all current software will run the same and there's no need to upgrade for people with boards since v431. The main thing was better labeling and other cosmetic changes, but… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 2, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

BlimpDuino code Beta1.1 released

Jordi's now finished the Beta release candidate of the BlimpDuino code. Lots of goodies:

  • Full PID loops in both altitude hold and navigation
  • Autosenses if a RC receiver is connected and switches into RC mode
  • Voltage monitoring cuts off power to…
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Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2009 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

The DIY Drones open source business model

MAKE magazine noticed my tweet about our business model: "Business model for my open source robotics startup: disclose the cost of everything and charge 40% markup. Want it cheaper? DIY!"



What that means is that BlimpDuino, the first product we'll be launching ourselves (rather than through a commerical… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2009 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Slo-mo video of micro ornithopters in flight



Lovely work by a Japanese robotics lab. Flapping wings are more efficient than fixed and rotating at this size, as every bug knows.



[via… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2009 at 1:17pm — No Comments

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