Chris Anderson's Blog – May 2012 Archive (33)

Kids robot racing at Sparkfun's AVC

Good news for those joining us at Sparkfun's Autonomous Vehicle Competition: if you're bringing your kids, they'll have something fun to do:

Sparkfun announcement:

At this year's competition, we will…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 31, 2012 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Another 3D printed quadcopter

Printed Quad with RADAR mount

A few details here (love the RADAR mount!). 

(Via Robot…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 31, 2012 at 7:37am — No Comments

Housekeeping note: Kevin Finisterre

In the five years that we've been running this site, the Moderators have banned thousands of spammers, but only three or four members for violations of our Terms of Service, which make clear that civil discourse is paramount and personal attacks will not be tolerated.

This is not something we do lightly. It happens only after repeated violations and warnings, and we do it with a heavy…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 31, 2012 at 6:30am — 34 Comments

UAVs for wireless sensor charging

New research by the NIMBUS lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has demonstrated how a UAV could hover over electronics on the ground and charge them. This might be useful for distributed sensor networks that can't use solar…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 30, 2012 at 11:34am — 2 Comments

LEGO NXT-based quad!

Long time readers here will know of my love for LEGO Mindstorms NXT, and my first NXT autopilot many years ago. So I was delighted to see…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2012 at 12:25pm — 5 Comments

OpenROV in the New York Times

From Boing Boing:

"In the New York Times today, Brian Lam (formerly of Gizmodo, now…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2012 at 12:20pm — 14 Comments

New York Times comic strip on police drones

Found here

Added by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2012 at 10:48am — 11 Comments

Anonymous pwns a drone company site

See it here before it's taken down. Found by Gary Mortimer at…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2012 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

MicroFly, a Wifi-controlled nanoquad project, makes its Kickstarter goal

MicroFly, an open source nanoquad, hit its Kickstarter funder target of $5,000 and will be funded. From the project page:

I've been inspired by the crew at …

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2012 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

One piece 3D-printable glider

Just a hint of what's to come. You'll need to use PLA, not ABS plastic, and it's a challenging print, but just imagine what will be possible as 3D printing technology improves. The design files are here.

Video of printing and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2012 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Arduino 1.0.1 out, now compiles ArduCopter/ArduPlane natively

Good news: Arduino has released a new version of its IDE (1.0.1) and it now supports ArduCopter/ArduPlane right out of the box. (The previous versions of Arduino required a patched version that we supplied to handle the size of the ArduCopter/ArduPlane codebase, which is considered the most complex Arduino program ever made!)

Here are the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 23, 2012 at 10:50pm — 20 Comments

Pictures from 3D Robotics at Maker Faire

We had a great time at Maker Faire, which was absolutely packed (100,000+ people). Above is a panorama shot of the 3D Robotics talk on Quadcopter UAVs, which was standing room only! (Thanks to Alan Sanchez and Sam Kelly for the ArduCopter flying and panorama photo taking).

 
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Added by Chris Anderson on May 21, 2012 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Sparkfun AVC course preview

Sparkfun writes:

Our Autonomous Vehicle Competition is less than a month away now (June 16, 2012 at SparkFun Headquarters). It's shaping up to be an awesome day! We've created…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 21, 2012 at 11:40am — 2 Comments

Join the 3D Robotics/DIY Drones team at Maker Faire this weekend!

Once again, the 3D Robotics team is going to have a big DIY Drones area at Maker Faire in San Mateo this weekend (picture from last year shown--we've got brand new banners this year ;-)). Come meet the team and Arduino leader Massimo Banzi (speaking at 3:00 on…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 18, 2012 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments

GPS loss plus faulty inertial code caused fatal Camcopter crash

From New Scientist (via SAUSNews), a report on the f…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 18, 2012 at 9:00am — 14 Comments

"How to become a police UAV pilot"

From PoliceOne.com: an article on how to prepare for the new career of Police UAV Pilot. Includes advice from Curtis Sprague, a retired SWAT Officer and former Federal Air…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 17, 2012 at 5:16pm — 13 Comments

IEEE Spectrum on laser-guided aggressive maneuvering research

This is just a good journalistic summary by …

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 16, 2012 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Just one month to go before the Sparkfun AVC (and the DIY Drones multicopter rodeo!)

The Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition is on June 16th, just a month away! Once again the DIY Drones teams will be well represented, with at least 15 people from the APM team alone coming and competing. There will be the usual barbecue at…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 15, 2012 at 2:22pm — 15 Comments

Using long-exposure photography to study helicopter physics

From Hackaday:

Check out this video footage of this LED-adorned RC helicopter flying on a dark night. But this isn’t an art project. Analyzing the long-exposure photography…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 14, 2012 at 12:35pm — 12 Comments

Congrats to Jordi: One of MIT Technology Review's top entrepreneurs under 35 !

Jordi is one of MIT Tech Review's top ten innovators under 35 in Mexico! From the award annoucement

A 21-year old Mexican immigrant faces another day of tedious confinement in his apartment in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 14, 2012 at 10:30am — 19 Comments

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