Chris Anderson's Blog – January 2016 Archive (17)

Text message telemetry with Dronekit

Add a RaspberryPi and a pair of $100 3G modems to Pixhawk and you can have telemetry via text message as far as the cell networks go!  The code, based on Dronekit, is …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2016 at 7:47pm — 15 Comments

The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)

Smarter geofencing features are coming to drones like the 3D Robotics Solo and DJI Phantom series. In both cases, the GPS-driven safety features are driven by a company called AirMap. 

From Wired:

PARKER GYOKERES KNOWS what he’s doing with a drone. A retired US Air Force photojournalist, Gyokeres now…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 31, 2016 at 3:43pm — 16 Comments

Trebuchet drone launcher

Not sure why this is better than throwing, but perhaps it handles bigger planes better? At any rate, it's a clever design.

Added by Chris Anderson on January 23, 2016 at 6:48pm — 18 Comments

Range testing the ESP8266 Wifi module

Those $3 Wifi modules can be extended to surprisingly good range with the right antenna. From Hackaday:

With progress slowly being made on turning the ESP8266 UART to WiFi module into something great, there is still the question of what the range is for the radio in…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 22, 2016 at 3:32pm — 12 Comments

ESRI releases ArcGIS, a free alternative to Google Earth for GIS imagery

From the Google Earth blog:

Esri has just released version one of ArcGIS Earth, a Google Earth like 3D globe for the desktop. It is not really a Google Earth competitor, as it is targeted at the professional GIS user. Google Earth has historically been used by both professional GIS users and casual users, with Google Earth Pro aimed more at the…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 21, 2016 at 12:01pm — 1 Comment

New Pixhawk-compatible board from HK

Just $67 and available now:

The PX4LITE is the next step in FC hardware with its powerful ST micro 32bit ARM Cortex core and massive I/O support. The PX4LITE is one of the most advanced autopilot systems available with support for…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 14, 2016 at 9:30am — 19 Comments

Dronecode announces Qualcomm as Platinum member

Big news from Dronecode, where Qualcomm, whose Snapdragon Flight board was the hit of CES, has moved up to become a Platinum member. Also another 27 companies have joined.



Added by Chris Anderson on January 12, 2016 at 12:00am — 12 Comments

Disney applies to use 3DR drones as "flixels" (flying pixels) in theme park shows

From Stitchkingdom:

Back in summer of 2014, Stitch Kingdom …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 11, 2016 at 2:28pm — 5 Comments

New Volta companion computer for Pixhawk brings computer vision, more

This new companion computer from Volta costs just $299 but brings a huge amount of power to Pixhawk-based drones. It's designed to compete with the DJI Manifold at a lower price, and it's open source. OpenCV-based computer vision, streaming HD video, 4G wireless and a 30-second installation with Pixhawk.…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 10, 2016 at 11:22pm — 38 Comments

100 swarming drones!

100 swarming drones from AsTec (now an Intel subsidiary) set a new world record. (The previous record was 30…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2016 at 4:00pm — 17 Comments

Fleye PX4-powered drone at CES

Congrats to the Fleye team, whose innovative PX4-powered single-rotor drone looked great at CES. Here's the Verge report:

The basic premise of the Fleye is simple: take all the spinny, choppy bits of a drone and encase them inside…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Open source firmware for toy drones

Very cool hack in the classic DIY spirit from Hackaday:

Since you’re going to have to be flying your “drones” indoors anyway in the USA, at least in the US Capitol region, you might as well celebrate the one freedom you still have — the freedom to re-flash…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2016 at 11:02am — 6 Comments

New Solo software add multipoint cablecam, improved FollowMe, safe flight zones with

Welcome to Solo, season two.

We designed Solo to evolve. Since we launched, we’ve continued to create and deliver new features that will surprise and empower drone users and moviemakers of every experience level and interest. This latest software release is a big one, and does what we want all our releases to do: It makes every Solo out there a better…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2016 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

New Parrot drone -- a plane!

Looks like a cross between the Parrot Bebop and the Sensefly eBee (also a Parrot subsidiary). Indeed, that's almost exactly what it is. Announced at CES today.

Added by Chris Anderson on January 4, 2016 at 11:10pm — 27 Comments

Quickie review of the XPlusOne VTOL aircraft (tl;dr avoid for now)

I was a Kickstarter backer of the XPlusOne VTOL aircraft, and I was able to get it for $199 as an early backer.  Now it's sold at the…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 2, 2016 at 3:30pm — 19 Comments

2015 DIY Drones year in review: it was a big one!

2015 was a year of remarkable progress in the consumer drone world, and not least here. As is customary, these are some of the highlights of the year on the DIY Drones and APM software development community. 

  • APM: Copter 3.3 released after the most exhaustive beta-testing process we've ever done (5,100 comments in the…

Added by Chris Anderson on January 1, 2016 at 11:30pm — 19 Comments

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