Chris Anderson's Blog – January 2013 Archive (22)

DIY Drones at 34,000 members

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 34,000!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 30, 2013 at 3:18pm — 17 Comments

"The Private Drone Industry is Like Apple in 1984"

Good article at The Atlantic's Quartz site comparing DJI with 3DR. Sample quote:

The UAV industry is a fairly new one, and right now its main focus is on consumer products. That’s partially…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2013 at 11:00pm — 55 Comments

MPAA lobbying FAA to use drones in filmmaking

From Fast Company

New documents reveal that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is pressing the federal government to legalize Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) use in the film industry. In a lobbying disclosure report filed this week, the MPAA…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2013 at 6:35pm — 8 Comments

New jobs at 3D Robotics

We're growing fast at 3D Robotics. In addition to embedded programmer and electrical engineering positions in San Diego, we have the new position of Editorial Director, working out of the 3D Robotics North offices in Berkeley. As always, you can see our jobs listings at the company blog …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 22, 2013 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Writing the rules for domestic drone use

From a New York Public Radio podcast:

Drones are smaller, cheaper, and easier to use than ever, and their cameras are more powerful than ever.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 22, 2013 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

Reverse engineering the communications protocol for a toy helicopter

From Hackaday:

There’s a special type of satisfaction that comes from really understanding how something works at the end of a reverse engineering project. This grid above…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 21, 2013 at 6:25pm — No Comments

New AR.Drone supports MAVlink (and QGroundControl and APM Mission Planner)

As Gary Mortimer noted, the forthcoming Parrot AR.Drone GPS add-on, which was announced at CES, supports MAVLink and can work with QGroundControl and the APM Mission Planner. I talked to Parrot at CES, and it sounds like they're…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 19, 2013 at 12:30pm — 17 Comments

PrimeSense Capri Kinect-like sensor unveiled at CES

They said it was "pencil-sized" which seems like a bit of an exaggeration, but it sure is smaller than the Kinect. 

From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 15, 2013 at 4:49pm — 19 Comments

Fabio Varesano, creator of FreeIMU, dead at 28 :-(

Sad news from Hackaday:

Fabio Varesano, the man behind FreeIMU and …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2013 at 10:00am — 23 Comments

DIY Drones at 33,000 members

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 33,000!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 9, 2013 at 2:07pm — 2 Comments

Aerial videography using the Epson Moverio glassses

From Patrick Gevas on the Google+ DIY Drones community:

I work with Epson and wanted to share a video of Epson's Moverio BT-100 transparent wearable display that allows a user to fly a drone equipped with a camera and see the first person view,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 8, 2013 at 10:18pm — 8 Comments

Stephen Hawking joins foundation to defend humanity against autonomous robots

Stephen Hawking, who is part machine, wants to stop the rise of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 8, 2013 at 10:10pm — 29 Comments

Mapping with the Parrot AR.Drones and Autodesk 123D

From Paul Saffo on the Google+ DIY Drones community. (We did the same thing with ArduCopter here):

Parrot and Autodesk123 used to terrain-model a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 8, 2013 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Ground-based GPS alternative

Sounds....expensive. From Gizmag:

The US Air Force has awarded Canberra-based firm Locata a “sole source” contract to install a ground-based version of GPS over 2,500 square miles (6,475 sq/km) of the White Sands Missile…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2013 at 8:02pm — 3 Comments

DIY Drones Google Plus community growing nicely

At Gary Mortimer's suggestion, we last week started a DIY Drones community on Google Plus, which has grown nicely and is now at more than 500 members. If you use Google Plus, you'll find this an easy to way to integrate drone news and discussion into your stream. We'll be posting highlights from DIYD, as well as others on…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2013 at 11:33am — 2 Comments

Monster infographic on domestic drones

From Worldofmaps. It's a bit random but fun. Click through for the whole thing, which is about a yard long. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2013 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Parrot AR.Drone gets longer battery life, GPS tracking (but not navigation)

I was hoping for GPS navigation, to make it a real drone, but we're going to have to settle for GPS logging for now.

From Mashable:

LAS VEGAS — Parrot's popular AR. Drone quadcopter will be getting…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2013 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Humanoid Hexacopter

Love the arm and leg animations!

From Robot Dreams:

The Robot Japan events get better and better every time. Last weekend the 5th semi-annual competition was staged drawing a large audience, numerous participants, and an…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2013 at 4:23pm — No Comments

3D printed case for the 3DR radios

Nice design by BarneyJ! Download and 3D-print it here. From the description:

Printed on a printrbot with .35 mm nozzle with 50% infill and .15…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2013 at 1:08pm — 4 Comments

ArduRover launches ArduPlane!

Check out today's awesome demo by Tridge. An ArduRover launches an ArduPlane! (Also note that the ArduPlane is flying beta ArduPlane software on the PX4 board. We're getting close to a dev release on that. Very exciting...)

[UPDATE] Tridge adds some details in the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2013 at 8:30pm — 19 Comments

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