Chris Anderson's Blog – January 2015 Archive (13)

Gizmodo: "The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl is Absurd"

The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl Is Absurd

From Gizmodo:

You may have heard about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quietly declaring that this year's Super Bowl will be a "no drone zone." You may not have heard just how big that no drone zone will be. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2015 at 9:24pm — 28 Comments

Sony shows smartwatch drone control

From Postcapes:

The combination of sensors and inputs in many smart wearable devices leads to some interesting possibilities for intuitive and immersive gesture-based user interfaces. A trio…
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Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2015 at 11:53am — 3 Comments

IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)

A very good piece in IEEE Spectrum reports on the research on the risks small/med bird strikes in aviation. Short conclusion: it rarely…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 28, 2015 at 10:00pm — 21 Comments

Siemens contest winner uses IRIS for smart parking lot assistant demo

From Fast Company:

The next time you spend 20 minutes circling a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Latest pictures from the 3D Robotics Tijuana factory

Back in June 2013, I shared some pictures from the then-new 3D Robotics Tijuana factory.  Here's another batch, showing the growth and progress there. It's buzzing and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 6:30pm — 15 Comments

Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid

I was curious how well LIDAR-Lite, which is just a laser range finder out of the box, would work as a full sweeping LIDAR unit, so I set up this demo unit. The unit updates at 100Hz, so to detect a 10cm object (like a telephone pole) within a 5m arc at 10m distance (with 2x oversampling), I calculate that you need to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — 39 Comments

FAA study finds trained pilots *worse* at operating drones

Very interesting…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2015 at 7:00pm — 17 Comments

X PlusOne VTOL Kickstarter success

Congrats to the X PlusOne team on the conclusion of their successful Kickstarter campaign, having raised nearly three times their goal!  The Pixhawk-based…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2015 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

OpenDroneMap adds image processing

Via Christian Ledermann:

OpenDroneMap, which previously would just create point clouds from drone images, now also produces:

* Meshes!

*…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2015 at 1:27pm — 7 Comments

Qualcomm getting serious about drones

Qualcomm is a member of the Dronecode Foundation and has ported the APM code to the Snapdragon platform. Now, at CES, they're showing the first glimpse of their work:

Qualcomm Research is building the core technologies to enable both rolling and flying autonomous robots. We are demonstrating our state-of-the-art computing…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2015 at 1:22pm — 5 Comments

Walkera's new APM-powered copters are proud members of the Dronecode Foundation

Greg has already mentioned the new APM-powered Walkera H6, shown above, which they'll be showing at CES. But one other thing I wanted to highlight is that how well they're working with the open source community on this and their other products. As they proudly note in their…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 4, 2015 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Using APM to help indigenous people monitor the rainforest in Guyana

Via BoingBoing, a heart-warming story (and not just because it was all APM!): 

The folks at Digital Democracy worked with the Wapichana people…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 2, 2015 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Gumstix releases new APM/PX4-based Linux autopilot board

From Linuxgizmos:

Gumstix announced a gen-2 micro-areal vehicle (MAV) controller based on its tiny gumstick-sized Overo COMs, and customizable via a free online design…

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Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2015 at 11:08am — 8 Comments

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