Chris Anderson's Blog – April 2012 Archive (31)

Lego Mindstorms IMU available

I'm a big fan of Lego Mindstorms as an entry point for robotics and physical computing and even got my start in UAVs with it. 

Here's the most UAV-friendly sensor yet for Mindstorms ($85): 

The CruizCore® XG1300L is a digital fully self-contained MEMS…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 11, 2012 at 9:18am — 2 Comments

Awesome Arduino compass library with hard iron autocalibration

Another great post from Hackaday. This is very similar to the technique we now use in ArduPlane/ArduCopter. 

We don’t have much personal experience with DOF hardware, but this Arduino library which …


Added by Chris Anderson on April 10, 2012 at 4:22pm — 2 Comments

Great "Why Open Source Hardware Works" post by Sparkfun

Nathan Siedle, the CEO of Sparkfun, has been one of the inspirations and mentors for 3D Robotics, and Sparkfun has become a poster child for the sucess of the Open Hardware model (along with Arduino, Makerbot, Adafruit, and others). 

Ahead of an Open Hardware session in Washington DC, he's put together some slides that show how well the model is…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 10, 2012 at 9:27am — 2 Comments

DIY Drones at 24,000 members! (And very big in Ukraine??)

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 24,000!

There were 1.4 million page views this month, which is close to a record. It just took us just over three weeks to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging about one new member every 37 minutes.

Here's an…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 7, 2012 at 8:52am — 4 Comments

APM Mission Planner now has a proper installation utility!

One of the priorities of the APM team is to continue to find new ways to make it easier to use. The Mission Planner is a big part of that, with it's one-click firmware loading, but author Michael Oborne has now done it again with a great installation utility (64-bit Windows …


Added by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2012 at 10:56pm — 40 Comments

Autodesk creates a 3D model of its headquarters with an octocopter

DIY Drones friend Gonzolo Martinez has a beautiful $12,000 Cinestar 8, which he used to image the Autdesk HQ, where he works. 

Gizmag has the story:

Take one piece of software that can stitch 2D photos into a 3D model, one…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2012 at 4:52pm — 2 Comments

"The Future of Robotics and Artificial Intellegence is Open"

William Hertling, an HP strategist and science fiction writer, has a good opinion piece at IEEE Spectrum that argues that open innovation models, like those practiced here, are going to win. I'm quoted, and DIY…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 5, 2012 at 6:16pm — 2 Comments

Futaba SBUS RC protocol reverse engineered

From Hackaday:

In the world of model aircraft, Fubata’s SBUS system is a big deal. Instead of having one servo per channel, the SBUS system allows for 16 proportional controls and two digital channels for each receiver. Basically, if you’re…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 5, 2012 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

UAVs before computers

From Hackaday:

These brave birds are weapons of war. Well, not these actual birds… they’re just models used for this photograph courtesy of a taxidermist. But their living relatives were …


Added by Chris Anderson on April 2, 2012 at 1:17pm — 5 Comments

3D print a mount to attach an iPod Touch to your plane

eric_hcr80 writes: "Mount a 4th-gen iPod onto your RC airplane, provided the bottom of the fuselage is cylindrical". Easily modifiable for an iPhone, too. Design file, ready for printing on your Makerbot or other 3D printer, is …


Added by Chris Anderson on April 1, 2012 at 8:15pm — 2 Comments

How can the Syma toy copters be so stable with just one gyro??

My kids love the Syma S107 toy helicopters, which cost just $20 and are amazingly stable. The big breakthrough for this generation of toy helicopters was the introduction of gyros, but I just took apart a broken one and was…


Added by Chris Anderson on April 1, 2012 at 1:53pm — 15 Comments

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