HobbyKing's done it again. Check out this deal: their mini-quad with four motors for $33.95! (Or $31.95 if you just let your browser sit open on that page for a few minutes).
All you need to add to make a RC quad (in…Continue
Please join me and other Bay Area UAV fans for a "drone hacking night" at the Ace Monster Toys hackerspace in Oakland. It will start at 7:00pm at the space at …Continue
Please see this warning from the Los Angeles Police Department, sent to the California Association of Realtors. Discussion on helifreak here. More background and discussion …Continue
Although both iOS and Android devices allow developers to get access to gyro/accel/mag data fusion output, it's not as low-level as developers of autopilots would like. Make Windows 8 will get closer.
It's free and open! Current issue has an interesting paper on sensorless control of DC motors with a Kalman filter.
The journal covers:
"...international activities that relate to the design (mechanical, control architectures, actorics, sensorics...), experimental results and applications of:
A perfect combination of my twin passions, 3D printing and copters! From Hackaday:
If you’re like us, you’ve been infatuated with the small RC helicopter you picked up on Amazon up until the point where it careened off a wall and broke its…
Andrew Tridgell ("Tridge") is a well-known programmer in the open source world (Samba, etc) and one of the leaders of the APM dev team. His UAV team, CanberraUAV, will be competing in this year's Outback Challenge with an APM-powered Telemaster, and at the…Continue
Very impressive design and what looks like top-quality components. [UPDATE: It appears to be a stock Xaircraft frame that costs $160. Thanks to the commenters for catching this]. You can back the project …Continue
About once a year we post our software roadmap for the next 12 months. Last year, we promised we would take ArduPlane and ArduCopter into their 2.x generation, with full two-way MAVLink control and a full featured ground station and setup process. The 2.x generations of the code…Continue
Randy MacKay and Jiro Hattori did an ArduCopter demo at Tokyo Hackerspace and according to the Robot Dreams report it set an attendance record! See the full article for more pictures and details. Sounds like fun but crowded (you need more demo space,…Continue
More coolness from the Vicon motion capture room of U Penn's GRASP Lab. Quads work together to assemble a structure faster.
At CES today, Parrot announced the latest updates to its AR.Drone. The most interesting bits are higher resolution video and an onboard baro sensor that will allow it to fly higher than sonar range outside. The phone/tablet app also has a better FPV mode.
Here's the full text of the release:
As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 21,000!
There were more than 1.23m page views this month, which is a record. It just took us four weeks to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging about one new member every 43 minutes.
It's time for the second round of the second season of the Trust Time Trial (T3) competion! This round is an autotakeoff and landing round, with 3D waypoints. Like the last round, there are two divisions: plane and copters.
Your mission in this…Continue
This is "25-year-old Tim Pool — an internationally known journalist who attracts tens of thousands of viewers to his live-stream broadcasts from Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, DC, LA and other cities. (His feeds and archival footage are also aired on mainstream networks such as NBC.)", according to…Continue
Here's a cool hack of the Parrot AR.Drone using the EZ Robot controller board (a PIC32 board with bluetooth and some very easy to use desktop software). It tracks the color red and chases him around the room!
This definitely counts as more sci-fi than practical reality, but a South Korean team has proposed using a cloud of "robotic bees" to squirt building material to form structures the way bees make nests.Continue
This is awesome and a great candidate project for the PhoneDrone Android/RC interface board.
From the creator:
Recently, I have been refreshing my knowledge of…