Chris Anderson's Blog – May 2017 Archive (10)

Test stats for next Dronecode/PX4 code release

This week the Dronecode/PX4 team will release its biggest and best update, version 1.6. You can see a glimpse of the testing that went into it with our public test log server here

Along with all the automated code and flight simulator testing, there are more than 100 hours of real-world…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 29, 2017 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Comparing two low-cost scanning Lidars

Excerpted from a new post at our DIY Robocars sister site

It’s now possible to buy small scanning 2D Lidars for less than $400 these days,…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 28, 2017 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

Using voice to command a drone by translating any GPS location to three unique words

An Australian IT services company combined an Amazon Alexa and a service called "what3words" that translates GPS addresses into three unique words to create a MAVLink-compatible drone that can be commanded entirely by voice. The video can't be embedded, so see it …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 25, 2017 at 7:27am — 1 Comment

Lovely story about a poor kid in rural China who sells exquisite models of Chinese planes for almost no profit

These aren't drones per se, but I can help but post this story by Owen Churchill in Sixthtone, which exemplifies the DIY spirit. 

CHONGQING, Southwest China — Dismembered remote-controlled airplanes lie strewn across an…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 24, 2017 at 7:22am — 10 Comments

Follow-me with dynamic obstacle avoidance

From New Atlas, a writeup on new research from ETH and MIT:

Thanks to new research from MIT and ETH Zurich, however, it may soon be possible for drones to autonomously follow along with an actor, keeping their face framed "just right" the whole time –…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 18, 2017 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Pixhawk-powered rover wins 2017 RoboMagellan competition

Congrats to Marco Walter, who won the the 2017 RoboMagellan competition at RoboGames with a rover that used Pixhawk + Ardurover + Odroid U3

Added by Chris Anderson on May 11, 2017 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

Drone learns to fly by crashing (a lot)

Excerpt from the IEEE Spectrum article:

“Learning to Fly by Crashing,” a paper from CMU roboticists Dhiraj Gandhi, Lerrel Pinto, and Abhinav Gupta,…


Added by Chris Anderson on May 10, 2017 at 1:39pm — 2 Comments

Navy wins DARPA swarm challenge

Air Force came in second. Most seem to be using 3DR Pixhawks by the looks of the teaser video. Final video coming soon

Added by Chris Anderson on May 8, 2017 at 11:08pm — 4 Comments

Review of the $50 Jevois computer vision camera/computer

Full review at our sister site, DIY Robocars, here, but this is how it starts:

I’m a huge fan of the …


Added by Chris Anderson on May 7, 2017 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Two-motor VTOL with Pixracer

Impressive design! APM on Pixracer controller. More here

Added by Chris Anderson on May 2, 2017 at 9:54pm — 3 Comments

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