Chris Anderson's Blog – June 2010 Archive (39)

Parrot AR.Drone price, release date to be announced today at E3

New retail packaging shown here; you can follow the announcements on Twitter.

Added by Chris Anderson on June 15, 2010 at 7:32am — No Comments

ArduPilot Mega assembly manual up

The bare-bones beginning of the ArduPilot Mega manual is now up. This just covers assembly of the boards and a basic how-to on programming. It's…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 12, 2010 at 11:04pm — 8 Comments

The rise of the Chinese RC industry

Google Trends for tower hobbies vs. hobbyking



(via…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 12, 2010 at 9:00pm — 21 Comments

Parrot AR.Drone autonomy demos



A research group from Czechoslovakia has been doing some nice work with ground-based guidance of the Parrot AR.Drone using image processing. From their video description: "This video demonstrates the ability of the AR drone to takeoff and land on a moving vehicle. The ARDrone bottom camera is used to recognize a simple pattern on the moving robot and the drone either howers above or lands on the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 11, 2010 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

How ArduPilot Mega IMU shields and mainboards are tested

Making boards of the complexity of the ArduPilot IMU shield takes more than a pick & place machine. It also requires a test jig to verify that every board is working before it's shipped out. Here's a board from the first…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 9, 2010 at 10:00pm — 16 Comments

iPhone RC controller app now available

iPhly, the iPad RC controller app from Ari Krupnik that was the subject of our Maker Faire podcast, is now available from iTunes for $14.99. It cleverly outputs PPM via the audio jack, which you can send to your… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 8, 2010 at 10:37pm — 13 Comments

ArduPilot Mega IMUs in production!



Jordi now has a cool new pick-and-place machine, which will let us massively increase our production of boards. This video shows the first ArduPilot Mega IMU shields coming off the production line! Shipments went out to the dev team today, and pre-order customers should start getting theirs later this… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 7, 2010 at 10:00pm — 31 Comments

More Chinese UAVs hitting the market

From the product listing (I've pinged them for more info and a price):



"Clairvoyance" UAV is an small electrically powered UAV and it is to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 7, 2010 at 9:56pm — 22 Comments

Synchonized/mated quadcopters



From BotJunkie:



"Quadrotors are getting smarter and more talented, but besides surveillance, their usefulness is a bit limited due to their size. Where one little helicopter fails, however, an assemblage of little helicopters might be able to…
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Added by Chris Anderson on June 7, 2010 at 12:50pm — 6 Comments

Dancing quads



Another bit of quad goodness from BotJunkie:

"You can do some pretty incredible things with quadrotors in a precision motion…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 7, 2010 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

ArduCopter design concept renders

The ArduCopter quad team is making tremendous progress--lightspeed stuff. Here is the latest render of one potential design, from…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 6, 2010 at 11:21pm — 23 Comments

Gaui autonomous-capable quadcopter now available--$349



Flench reports that the Gaui 330X quadcopter is now shipping. It's advertised for $349. Specs from the product's home page…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 6, 2010 at 10:59pm — 15 Comments

New autopilot system from Art-Tech



Art-tech, a Chinese maker of very cheap RC aircraft, has launched a UAV division and has some new products that could be interesting. …



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Added by Chris Anderson on June 6, 2010 at 10:46pm — 33 Comments

Updated site policies

[I've just updated our site guidelines. Here's the new text]…
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Added by Chris Anderson on June 6, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

uBlox GPS modules back in stock

The uBlox modules, which were out of stock for a while at the DIY Drones store, are back in stock! So are the required adapters.

Added by Chris Anderson on June 5, 2010 at 10:58pm — 2 Comments

Excellent tutorial on unbricking a corrupted ArduPilot

HappyKillmore has been doing some tremendous work on solving tricky ArduPilot problems, from integrating the Remzibi OSD to his latest tutorial, unbricking a corrupted ArduPilot.



ArduPilot is meant to be programmed…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 5, 2010 at 7:36am — 3 Comments

Magnetometer primer

A nice intro to magnetometers from Sparkfun. A bit basic, but good if you've never worked with one before.


"If you're building an autonomous vehicle or a hand-held GPS (or any other device where direction might be important), a…
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Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2010 at 11:14pm — No Comments

New GPS satellite launched



From the Google Earth blog: "Last week, the U.S. Air Force launched a new satellite (the GPS IIF SV-1), the first in a series of launches aimed at replacing all 24 existing satellites over the next… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 2, 2010 at 10:50pm — 4 Comments

AttoPilot RTL version available

I'm not sure how long this has been out, but I just noticed it. AttoPilot has a RTL version available that is not export controlled. The website says the site is under construction and the product listing still has a lot of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 2, 2010 at 9:30pm — 13 Comments

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