Chris Anderson's Blog – February 2016 Archive (15)

ArduSub, the underwater version of ArduPilot, now live

Good news from Blue Robotics: they've crossed the final(?) frontier and ArduPilot is now underwater. Welcome ArduSub! (In historic progression since the founding of the project it was Plane, Copter, Rover, Boat and now Sub) 



Added by Chris Anderson on February 28, 2016 at 11:30am — 31 Comments

Swarming demo with Solos from Accelerated Dynamics

More great Solo work from the London-based team at Accelerated Dynamics

Added by Chris Anderson on February 25, 2016 at 11:40pm — 31 Comments

Save the date for Sparkfun's AVC 2016

Just a teaser for now. Looks like no aerial category again this year, but ArduRover teams should get ready for another year of domination. And if you're feeling brave, they're teasing this, too:…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 23, 2016 at 7:29am — 4 Comments

ADS-B for Dronecode-based platforms (Solo, Pixhawk etc)

From uAvionix

uAvionix Corporation, the leader in unmanned ADS-B technology and Dronecode, the nonprofit organization developing a common, shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), today announced a plan to collaborate on advanced development in ADS-B ‘sense…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2016 at 3:30pm — 26 Comments

ETH's Raffaello D'Andrea presenting at TED -- Wow!

ETH (home of Dronecode's PX4 project) is now leading the world in advanced drone tech. Just watch this amazing video...

Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D'Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2016 at 8:00pm — 23 Comments

Update on the OpenRC 3D-printing community project


From Hackaday:

[Daniel Norée] started the OpenR/C project back in 2012 when he bought a Thing-O-Matic. In search of a project to test out his new printer, he set his sights on a remote controlled car, which as he put it,”… seemed like the perfect candidate, as it presents a lot of challenges with somewhat intricate moving parts along with the need for a certain level of…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2016 at 3:13pm — 7 Comments

Solo flight simulator for iOS and Android out now

If you've seen the Solo retail kiosks in stores like Best Buy, you will have noticed the cool built-in flight simulator that allowed you to use the Solo controller to virtually fly in a full 3D environment. We've now released a free and improved version of that for your own iOS and Android device, which is available now.  From the …


Added by Chris Anderson on February 19, 2016 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

New Oppenheimer report on the drone market. (Nobody knows how big it is)

Oppenheimer, a Wall Street research firm, has just released a very good report on the current state and prospects for the drone market. One thing they point out is how all over the place most estimates of the market size are (see above). 



Added by Chris Anderson on February 18, 2016 at 4:43pm — 11 Comments

Drone registration proposal from Airmap

Airmap, a Dronecode Project member, has just released a very thoughtful and detailed White Paper on a proposed scalable registration system for drones. From…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 18, 2016 at 4:24pm — 6 Comments

Solar-powered launch system allows totally unattended operation

Amazing product from H3 Dynamics in Singapore. We've always dreamed of drones that could be deployed like sprinkler systems -- place and forget, and they just do their job, sending data to the cloud. Looks like we're almost there. …


Added by Chris Anderson on February 17, 2016 at 5:30pm — 35 Comments

APM-powered Raspberry Pi Zero flight controller from Erle

The team from Erle is at it again, with an APM-compatible board for the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero.  From Hackaday:

Flight controllers for quadcopters and other drones are incredible pieces of engineering. Not only do these boards keep an aircraft level, they…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 17, 2016 at 12:36am — 19 Comments

Autonomously navigating warehouses fast (with Pixhawk)

Interesting proof-of-concept by DARPA researchers using a Pixhawk-powered drone to autonomously navigate a cluttered warehouse environment at 20 m/s.

DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program recently demonstrated that a commercial quadcopter platform could achieve 20-meters-per-second flight while carrying a full load of sensors and…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 12, 2016 at 1:36pm — 14 Comments

Using APM:Copter to bring solar panels to the developing world

From Fast Company, an interesting application of APM:Copter powered drones:

Distributed energy systems are a good idea for homes that aren't hooked up to the grid. But distributing solar panels to remote areas in the…


Added by Chris Anderson on February 10, 2016 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

Latest Dronecode stats. This thing is getting big!

And membership is up to 50 companies now.  Just a year and a half old!

Added by Chris Anderson on February 7, 2016 at 7:40pm — 1 Comment

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