Chris Anderson's Blog – May 2013 Archive (15)

Texas drone bill clears use by police, not civlians

The Texas Legislature has passed a drone bill, which only requires the Governor's signature to become law.

Description, from The Verge:

The Texas Privacy Act makes it a misdemeanor the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2013 at 8:05pm — 22 Comments

Infragram, a Kickstarter project for a kit to convert regular cameras to near-IR

I'm obsessed with low-cost IR imagery for agricultural drones these days, so this appeared on my radar. I've backed the Kickstarter project, which has just passed its funding goal:

A simple,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 27, 2013 at 9:09pm — 13 Comments

Interesting-sounding drones conference in NYC in October

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 23, 2013 at 10:27pm — 4 Comments

Flight of a "Cyclocopter"

Every year or so, some research group posts a video of a "cyclocopter" flying. I'm not sure why (this article suggest they might be more efficient than traditional helicopters, and that people have been pursing them for a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 22, 2013 at 7:40pm — 12 Comments

New micro-cameras emulate insects' compound eyes

From IEEE Spectrum:

Just a few weeks ago, IEEE Spectrum wrote about an …

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 20, 2013 at 10:30pm — 10 Comments

13 epic videos made with drones

Okay, most are really just taken by RC multicopters, but still a lovely compilation of Vimeo aerial videos from Buzzfeed, master of the Top N list.

Check them all out …

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 14, 2013 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

Man refuses to stop drone-spying on Seattle woman

From The Atlantic (via Mashable):

Walk onto someone's lawn and you're trespassing; …

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 13, 2013 at 3:13pm — 10 Comments

How to hack a GoPro Hero 3 for FPV

From Hackaday:

The GoPro line of HD cameras seem like they were specifically designed for use with quadcopters. We say that because the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 13, 2013 at 2:55pm — 11 Comments

Sticky drone perches on ceilings

From Gizmag:

Micro UAVs that have the ability to slip into tight spaces, including inside buildings, have wide ranging military and search and rescue applications. To reach their full potential, however, these UAVs are going to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2013 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Advanced ornithopter uses independent wing control for acrobatics (and gets attacked by a hawk)

From GizMag (hawk attack is at 1:50 in the above video):

Researchers from the University of Maryland have built a new micro air vehicle dubbed Robo…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 6, 2013 at 6:51am — 5 Comments

Slate: What the history of helicopters tells us about the future of drones

A thoughtful piece from Slate, pointing out that much of the fevered imagination about domestic drones (I'm as guilty of that as anyone) mirrors what was predicted about helicopters when they were introduced in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 5, 2013 at 8:02am — 4 Comments

Robots Podcast interviews Harvard insect-drone team

The great Robots Podcast is especially worth listening to this week. From the description:

Robots: Controlled Flight of Insect-sized Robots -…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 4, 2013 at 1:21pm — 2 Comments

Cal State Design, Geography and Archeology departments collaborate with APM 2.5 drone

From the team's page:

The Industrial Design senior class is working on a project in collaboration with the Geography and Archeology departments to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 3, 2013 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

DroneShield: Indiegogo project to detect drone audio signatures

From the IndieGogo project, which has already passed its $3,500 goal:

DroneShield: A low-cost, easy-to-use device that alerts you to nearby drones.

DroneShield is a device that detects the presence of nearby drones (including RC helicopters, quadrotors, etc)…

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Added by Chris Anderson on May 3, 2013 at 7:36pm — 9 Comments

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