Evan at BotJunkie has a thoughtful piece that brings some much-needed perspective to the growing crop of poorly-informed articles that we're starting to see in the media by journalists discovering amateur UAVs for the first time. (Actually, most of the time what they're talking about is just RC/FPV, rather than autonomous…Continue
A Brigham Young student team is working on their second solar-powered UAV. The first one, shown here, didn't have enough power to climb, but now they have better solar cells.
Here are the detail:
Mega 16/7/17 motor
A bunch of groups (including us) are working on open source I2C ESCs, which will be cheaper, better and easier to integrate into quadcopters than commercial ESCs. Here's one such project.
This guy is also working on "cloning a Chinese clone" of the MikroKopter quad controller.…Continue
We're going to be redesigning this site next week, bringing better layout and content categories, and one of the improvements is finally updating the photo on the front page. Rather than Funjet that we're so tired of, the photo box will rotate through a set of photos that illustrate the range of UAVs covered here, from planes to quads to helis, to maybe screenshots of Ground…Continue
Entries for Sparkfun's 2011 Autonomous Vehicle Competition are now open. The event is on April 23rd in Boulder, Colorado at Sparkfun HQ. This is the third year of the AVC. In the first year a DIY Drones team came in first, in the second year we (Doug Weibel!) came in second. Let's not make this an…Continue
I've now had a chance to see and test virtually all the EasyStar clones out there, so this post will compare them all and make recommendations. There are a few others out there by different names, but I think most are just rebadged versions of the ones below. Bottom line: I think the HobbyKing Bixler (see below) is the best option.
Some nice custom foam design on the plane and camera pod here. Looking like they're going to be selling them.
From I Heart Robotics: "More great work from Quentin Lindsey, Daniel Mellinger, and Vijay Kumar from…Continue
Lots of good stuff in this report, titled "Factory @ Home", which was commissioned by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
It ends with these recommendations:
This report recommends the…Continue
ArduPilotMega 1.02 is now available in the download section. This version updates the GPS libraries to support the new v1.6 firmware that adds some useful data fields and otherwise makes HappyKillmore's GCS, well, happier.
There's a very good post over at Hizook on the lessons of the hacked Kinect: Nutshell:
"The best solution to complex low cost sensing (or actuation for that matter) is to take advantage of affordable, mass-produced components,…
I think I'm in there somewhere, wandering around in the background…Continue
You can get a Kinect for $150, but if you want the smaller, lighter sensor and the devkit to use it, Primesense will sell you that for $200. You can apply to purchase the PSDK hardware here.
(via I Love…Continue