Congratulations to Flirtey, whose Pixhawk-powered delivery drone is now on its way to the Smithsonian museum.
Added by Chris Anderson on April 30, 2016 at 8:33pm — No Comments
Cool new product from Anysense that works with all 3DR flight controllers:
AnySense Pro turns your Radio Control into a real-time telemetry system with no costs for additional hardware, such as a GPS sensor, voltage module or vario.Additionally all data will also be saved on the storage card of your remote control. With the right tools, you can easily visualise the…
There was only room for 400 people, so the others had to wait outside and watch the livestream. Thousands participated online. APM/Pixhawk/PX4 are huge in China. What a success!
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If you got a chance to see the big 3DR area at NAB in Las Vegas last week, you'll have seen the new cameras and accessories for Solo first-hand (along with the new software features such as sense-and-avoid and smart rewind announced earlier). But here's a quick…Continue
Every new generation of computers repeats the techniques used by the earlier generations. [Kim Salmi] created an ASCII-based quadcopter simulation…
The iBubble project looks very interesting -- one of the first subs I've seen designed with a killer app in mind. How do they transmit the diver's position underwater? From a wristband that talks to the sub the way sea animals do, with…Continue
Run with LocalMotors. Enter here:
The design shall be capable of vertical takeoff and landing
The aircraft shall include at least one fixed wing…
Now with upgraded motors and batteries, for a flight time of 25 minutes. Fully APM-compatible so it supports Mission Planner, APM Planner, and Tower, with the standard 3DR radios, as shown below (you can buy them here). That's a…Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2016 at 8:55pm — No Comments
Quartz has a good piece on how a Guyanese tribe, working with Digital Democracy, are using an Arduplane they built to monitor their land and spot illegal logging. Excerpt:
They mounted a camera donated by…
Added by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2016 at 6:06pm — No Comments
I'm delighted to announce that we're going to be having our first Chinese Dronecode unconference next in Beijing next Thursday, April 28th. I'll be in Beijing speaking at the big GMIC conference and we thought it would be fun to meet up with Dronecode developers at the same time.
From the video:
Generating Dynamically Feasible Trajectories for Quadrotor Cameras
Mike Roberts, Pat Hanrahan
Abstract: When designing trajectories for quadrotor cameras, it is important that the trajectories respect the dynamics and physical limits of…
Slightly evolved airframe form factor
The latest stream of cutting-edge software from 3DR includes augmented reality, interactive scene awareness and new Smart Shots, and it will dramatically enhance the aerial filming experience and all-around safety of drone…Continue
At a developer conference in China last week, Intel gave a sneak peak of its forthcoming drone and robotics development boards. The drone board, called Aero, is designed to compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight board (Intel, like Qualcomm, is a member of Dronecode and the Intel team has ported to the APM code to their X86-based platforms).
From the Freshwater Trust:
The Freshwater Trust has partnered with Portland State University’s…
Added by Chris Anderson on April 17, 2016 at 5:08pm — No Comments
One of the priorities of Dronecode is to integrate with other open source software communities, include Linux as the lower (OS) side and ROS at the applications layer. Dronecode is part of the Linux Foundation and the Open Source Robotics Foundation, which makes ROS, is part of…Continue
Suffice to say it doesn't end well, for drone or engine. Why did the researchers use an 8-lb drone, when the typical drone weighs less than half that? The researcher responded:
"This is the drone size that one European country has sanctioned for their postal services to deliver packages to…
It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's a 77,000!
There were approximately 1.4 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 45,000 page views a day on average). It took us just 32 days to add these latest 1,000 members--we're averaging one new member…Continue