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. …
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…
A very good piece in IEEE Spectrum reports on the research on the risks small/med bird strikes in aviation. Short conclusion: it rarely causes a fatal accident -- indeed, there may be no record of one with standard…Continue
From Fast Company:
The next time you spend 20 minutes circling a parking garage trying to find the last empty spot, consider this: Someday soon, you might be able to let a drone do the work. A concept…
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 packed!
Four pick-and-place machines running all the time: …Continue
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…Continue
Congrats to the X PlusOne team on the conclusion of their successful Kickstarter campaign, having raised nearly three times their goal! The Pixhawk-based autonomy add-on package is the one I'm…Continue
Via Christian Ledermann:
OpenDroneMap, which previously would just create point clouds from drone images, now also produces:
* Textured meshes!
* Georeferenced textured…
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…
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 press…Continue
Via BoingBoing, a heart-warming story (and not just because it was all APM!):
The folks at Digital Democracy worked with the Wapichana people in Guyana to build a drone, demonstrating that indigenous people could build…
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 tool.
The AeroCore 2 is an update to the original …