If you're using the UAV DevBoard with Futaba equipment or any other modern RC gear that outputs servo voltage of less than 3v, you're going to need a servo amplifier (also known as a booster or buffer) so the autopilot can reliably read your signals.
You can buy one from a commercial supplier like FMA for… Continue
"Honda was also at Sundance to screen a wonderful 8 minute documentary called Living With Robots, which is totally worth watching simply because of how well it sums up so many of the issues relevant to robotics today and in the near future:
Honda’s got it exactly right: the biggest hurdle to overcome when it comes to the future of robotics is not… Continue
One of the ways I can reconcile the amount of time I spend with DIY Drones is to think of it as a grand experiment in open innovation, which I not only participate in but also observe. That, in turn, helps me do my day job (editor of Wired Magazine) better. So for those of you who suspected that this is all grist for my next… Continue
Check out Amarino, which is a toolkit to connect Android phones to Arduino microprocessor boards. Described as "basically consisting of an Android application and an Arduino library which will help you to interface with your phone in a new dimension. You can build your own interfaces almost without any programming… Continue
Many of you have asked for a side-by-side comparison of ArduPilot Mega and basic ArduPilot, so here it is. Note that with Mega, we moved the servo and GPS connectors to horizontal rather than vertical placement, to make them more robust in the case of a crash.
As you can see, the main processor in ArduPilot, an… Continue
For the fifth T3 (Trust Time Trial) contest, we've got an easy and fun one: set the best time for a virtual Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition course. The real Sparkfun contest will be held on April 17th in Boulder,… Continue
Due to the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday in the US, I'm allowing one more day for T3-Round 4 submissions. They're now due by midnight PST on Mon. We've already got a bunch of good ones (Brakar's is shown above), but with the right camera and some good… Continue
We've still got some work to do on the ArduPilot 2.5 code, but I did have a chance to test the new improved loiter (RTL) mode with a Superstar EP today. How's this for perfect circles? Exactly 100m diameter. The only… Continue
We love and worship AttoPilot, Dean Geodde and the smart team around him, but we're just thankful that they're better at UAVs than they are at the Web. The original attopilot.com website was a bit of a Flash disaster with a pdf order form and then was never updated.
Now the site is down in the worst way: it's been… Continue