In the new Arduino boards, the traditional FTDI USB-to-serial chip has been replaced with an Atmel ATmega8U2 chip, which has built-in USB. We'd like to do the same on the next APM board, and use this chip to do double-duty: replace the FTDI chip that's now on the IMU shield, and replace the PPM encoder chip (now an Atmega328) that's on the APM board. This will make smaller,…Continue
It's generally considered a bad idea to pre-announce products, but hey, we're an open source community. It's not pre-announcement--it's transparency!
We're working on about a dozen new products at the DIY Drones factory. Some of them are with partners, so I'm not free to discuss them until the partners give us the green light. But others I can…Continue
I've posted a new version of APM that should address all outstanding issues with the current 1.0 code. The MediaTek library now automatically resends the initialization string until the module responds properly (no board reset required). And an…Continue
2010 was quite a year at DIY Drones. The community doubled in size and traffic, ArduPilotMega and ArduCopter were announced and shipped, and factories were started in San Diego, Bangkok and Tijuana. Amateur UAVs took off!
Next year is going to be even bigger, with dozens of new products, easier to use versions of current products and cool new platforms I can't…Continue