Chris Anderson's Blog – March 2013 Archive (34)

Drone boat upgraded for Atlantic crossing

From Wired Design:

A year ago, Greg Holloway set out to build an ocean drone, based on the tiny Raspberry Pi $35 computer.

Wired covered the start of the project, called FishPi, …

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 16, 2013 at 5:44pm — 10 Comments

Meet Yeti, the South Pole’s crevasse-detecting robot

From Ars Technica:

[On the Antarctic ice], an ever-present danger is posed by crevasses: rents in the ice sheet up to 60 meters deep and 9 meters across—big enough, at their widest, to swallow a supply-towing tractor whole. New crevasses…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 16, 2013 at 11:01am — 2 Comments

Aquatic drone launching on Kickstarter soon

This project will debut this weekend at the Engadget Expand show in San Francisco, which I'll be speaking at. From The Verge:

As the world of remote…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 16, 2013 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Hawk-inspired claw for a quadcopter

From The Verge:

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have created a bird-like claw that can be attached to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 15, 2013 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

DIY Drones at 36,000 members

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 36,000!

There were 2 million page views this month (we get over 70,000 page views a day). It took us just 21 days to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging about one new member every 30 minutes.

Thanks as always to all the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 14, 2013 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

Drones do the Harlem Shake

This team entered this at the fun South by Southwest DroneGames that I was at this year, and one won (thanks for the catch, Martha) a special "cultural award" for best meme-surfing.  You can see some of the other DroneGames contestants and winners …

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 12, 2013 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Lego Robot folds and flings a paper airplane

As someone who got my start in drones with Lego Mindstorms, I can appreciate the work that went into this. Must watch. 

From …

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 12, 2013 at 2:02pm — 2 Comments

DIY Rockets site

This could be our sister site ;-)

DIYRockets is a global space company helping humanity establish a civilization in space by building an open space frontier. ​…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 11, 2013 at 10:07pm — 13 Comments

Infrared camera for less than $300

From Hackaday, news of a new Indiegogo project to produce a real IR camera for less than $300 (although it needs an iPhone/Android smarthphone, too):

These devices normally cost a few thousand dollars, but the team …

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 6, 2013 at 10:24pm — 10 Comments

MAV that can crash and keep flying

This research from EPFL is from last year, but it's still worth a watch. Lovely engineering. 

From the EPFL YouTube stream

Added by Chris Anderson on March 3, 2013 at 12:33pm — No Comments

"From Hollywood to Kansas, drones are flying under the radar"

From Reuters:

They hover over Hollywood film sets and professional sports events. They track wildfires in Colorado, survey Kansas farm crops and vineyards in California. They inspect miles of industrial pipeline and monitor wildlife, river…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 3, 2013 at 11:44am — 6 Comments

3D printing robotic bat wings for MAVs

From Co:Design:

A group of scientists at Brown University are replicating the bat’s unique anatomy in the hopes of applying its fundamental mechanics to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 2, 2013 at 5:19pm — 1 Comment

The hexa used to film that cool Audi paintball duel video

You may have seen this fun Audi vs Audi paintball duel. The above hexa is how they captured the aerial shots in a field too dangerous for a boom:

(via …

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 2, 2013 at 5:12pm — 5 Comments

New ROS package for AR.Drone

From the Robot Operating System mailing list:

ardrone_autonomy" is a ROS driver for …

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Added by Chris Anderson on March 1, 2013 at 8:32am — 1 Comment

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