Chris Anderson's Blog – January 2017 Archive (13)

Instructions for a sub-$100 autonomous rover using computer vision

This project uses RaspberryPi and the Pi camera in a cloud robotics architecture (most processing is done on a laptop over WiFi) and is based on the ForumulaPi code and OpenCV. It costs less than $100 and can perform the full Udacity Self Driving Car challenge (thanks to offboarding most processing to the laptop). Full instructions are …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 30, 2017 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Great simulator of our DIY Robocars track

We have a monthly autonomous car hack/race day at a funky old warehouse in Oakland, but in-between races the teams need to training their neural networks. How? With this simulator!

From the video…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 29, 2017 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Finals of the FormulaPi autonomous car race

Love this -- it's both thrilling and charmingly shambolic at the same time.  FormulaPi was the model for our DIYRobocar race/hack series of events.  The race starts at…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 27, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Tiny new uBlox GPS for drones

u‑blox has announced the launch of the ZOE‑M8G, an ultra‑compact GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver module, specially designed for markets where small size, minimal…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 25, 2017 at 2:12pm — 4 Comments

Hack/Race DIY Robocars this weekend in Oakland

Join us for our first hack/race day at the new Oakland warehouse location for DIY Robocar events.

There are three tracks:

1) A RGB lane track, modeled after the FormulaPi track:

2) A white-line track for 1/10th scale cars, which is designed…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 19, 2017 at 11:37am — 1 Comment

New companion site for DIYDrones -- DIYRobocars

It's been almost a decade since I launched DIY Drones (March 2007) and we've both grown hugely as a community and an industry in the intervening years. Drones work great, they're cheap and widely available, and both the the Dronecode and ArduPilot development communities that got their start here are doing amazing work to advance the technology, which is now at pro/aerospace…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 16, 2017 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

NASA simulates Phantom airflow

From NASA:

For decades, NASA has used computer models to simulate the flow of air around aircraft in order to test designs and improve the performance of next-generation vehicles.

At NASA’s Ames Research Center in…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 12, 2017 at 2:32pm — 13 Comments

Lily closes down

Sorry to see them go. They had a great idea and worked really hard to get it right, but ran out of time and money. …


Added by Chris Anderson on January 11, 2017 at 10:00pm — 10 Comments

German university team wins first place at IMAV with Pixhawk-powered copters

Congrats to the AKAMAV team for the victory and great writeup (via Hackaday)!

The AKAMAV is the proud winner of the IMAV 2016 Outdoor Challange. In this…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 10, 2017 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Pixhawk-powered submarine shown at CES

From TTRobotics

Hydrodynamic Design

With professional hydrodynamic design, SEADRAGON can be freely in the water, underwater hover or free exploration can be easily implemented. The main compartment is…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2017 at 5:32pm — 7 Comments

Volta extends from drones to autonomous cars

Our friends at Volta robotics have extended their MAVLink-compatible autopilot series to autonomous cars. This is what they demonstrated at CES this week:

Product Description

LEAD TIME: 60 days (due to post-CES orders peak) + 2…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 6, 2017 at 9:30pm — 12 Comments

New: QGroundControl 3.1 adds surveys and improved geofencing

Great news from Don Lake

Announcing the release of QGroundControl V3.1. Notable changes in this release:

- Survey mission support

- GeoFence Support in Plan View

- Rally Point support in Plan View (ArduPilot only)

- ArduPilot onboard…


Added by Chris Anderson on January 5, 2017 at 8:33am — 12 Comments

Pixhawk-powered ornithopter

Displaying both manual and autonomous modes. Wow!

Added by Chris Anderson on January 3, 2017 at 11:42am — 12 Comments

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