Chris Anderson's Blog – May 2014 Archive (34)

Phenox FPGA-based microquad runs Linux

From Hackaday:

The computing power inside a quadcopter is enough to read a few gyros and accelerometers, do some math, and figure out how much power to send to the motors. What if a quadcopter had immensely more computing power, and enough peripherals to do…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2014 at 12:07pm — 5 Comments

Sneak peak of Parrot's amazing new "Bebop" drone

Yesterday at the sUSB Expo in San Francisco, we were lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the new Parrot Bebop drone (AKA AR.Drone 3.0), which will be formally announced tomorrow at the AUVSI conference. Above is Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux at the controls.

This thing is amazing. It's a full GPS-guided drone, with a similar tablet/phone control as the original Parrot…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2014 at 11:00am — 16 Comments

External LED and USB boards for Pixhawk

By popular demand, 3DR is now selling the external Pixhawk USB and LED boards that are used in IRIS as stand-alone products. Great for adding an external LED and USB port to any vehicle you're using with …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2014 at 9:52pm — 17 Comments

The New Yorker on drones in Yosemite

Not news, but a sign of the mainstreaming of drones. The New Yorker covers the ban on drones in US national parks:

This past week, a couple of volunteers at Zion National Park, in Utah, came upon a drone, equipped with its very own onboard…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2014 at 6:19pm — 5 Comments

Reading 2.4GHz Transmitters With An Arduino

There are a lot of cheap quadcopter kits out there, sold ready to fly with a transmitter…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2014 at 4:53pm — 1 Comment

Control your APM/Pixhawk drone from the cloud with DroneDeploy


A great announcement from DroneDeploy, whose cloud-based drone management service is optimized for APM and Pixhawk-controlled drones. From sUAS News:

Today, DroneDeploy launches their web-based drone control platform,  enabling users to control drones over the internet. The software is designed to simplify drone…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 9, 2014 at 8:30am — 32 Comments

ArduCopter becomes flying 3D printer

From Gizmag:

The swiftlet may not look much different than other little birds, but it has one unique ability – it builds its nest out of its own saliva. Inspired by the swiftlet, scientists at Imperial College London's Aerial Robotics Lab have created a robotic…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 8, 2014 at 10:13pm — 1 Comment

Quadcopter data visualization with Plotly

Here's a good Instructable on using the Plotly web service and Arduino to do basic quadcopter control and data analysis. 

This project is part of a larger project involving the creation of a quadcopter. In this part of the project we want to…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 5, 2014 at 10:32pm — 4 Comments

Using drones for solar panel inspection

Very interesting piece from about Skycatch, which uses a Pixhakw-based custom quadcopter for solar panel inspection:

Like many new technologies, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) started with military applications and gradually found their way into civilian life. With support…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 5, 2014 at 10:23pm — 4 Comments

H-copter chassis makes for a great X-wing and TIE fighter

Impressive! They're big and heavy (19 lbs) but so cool. More here. (Via …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 4, 2014 at 8:51pm — 2 Comments

Team open sources NSA wifi-sniffing technology for drones

It's really hard for the science-fiction writers to stay ahead of what's already being done. In this case, an open source version of a NSA drone-based wifi-sniffing technology. From Hackaday (via Neuromancer author William…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2014 at 10:15pm — 1 Comment

Yosemite National Park has a drone problem

From AP/ABC News:

The bald eagle, the yellow warbler and the peregrine falcon have been joined in the skies above Yosemite National Park by a noisy newcomer: the drone.

The National Park Service issued a statement Friday reminding visitors that federal…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2014 at 7:53pm — 5 Comments

Modding a Walkera Ladybird to act like a Star Wars Training Droid

From Hackaday:

We all know the scene, Obi-Wan Kenobi gives Luke a helmet with the blast shield down. He tells Luke “Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them. Stretch out with your feelings!” Easy for Obi-Wan to say – he doesn’t have a remote training…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2014 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Connecting your phone, tablet or laptop to APM/Pixhawk using Bluetooth

[UPDATE: We now sell a Bluetooth set that has all this pre-setup for you. If you get that, no need to read further!]. We're going to be adding Bluetooth connectivity to more 3DR products in the coming months, but there's no need to wait.…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 1, 2014 at 10:00pm — 53 Comments

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