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 …Continue
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.
PARKER GYOKERES KNOWS what he’s doing with a drone. A retired US Air Force photojournalist, Gyokeres now…
Not sure why this is better than throwing, but perhaps it handles bigger planes better? At any rate, it's a clever design.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.…Continue
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…
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…
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…Continue
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.
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…Continue
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.