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

Microscopic pictures of the iPhone's MEMS gyro



Our MEMS gyros work the same way. Gorgeous.



(From iFixit, via…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 30, 2010 at 5:16pm — 12 Comments

New in the DIY Drones store: the ultimate Xbee adapter

I know, it's been messy. One Xbee adapter for the ground, another for the air. Why…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2010 at 6:00pm — 19 Comments

Unboxing the Gaui 330X Quadcopter

[UPDATE: I've now flown this a bit. A few tips, which I learned the hard way:



1) Don't connect the green wire (gain) to your Rx. That disables all the onboard buttons and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2010 at 11:00pm — 13 Comments

Unboxing the Feiyu FY-3ZT IMU autopilot

As promised ("take one for the team") I bought one of the Feiyu FY-3ZT autopilots from Hooks at FPVFlying.com, and it arrived…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2010 at 10:30pm — 46 Comments

Aviation Week: How UAVs Will Change Aviation



There's a long but not very illuminating cover article in Aviation Week's Business and Commercial Aviation this month on how UAVs will change civil aviation.



Best bit: "… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 27, 2010 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

New PixHawk quadcopter board adds visual waypoints

The new PixHawk quadcopter controller board has some serious horsepower onboard! From the team's post:…



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Added by Chris Anderson on June 27, 2010 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Skate drone folds up into a lunch box



Aurora Flight Science's prototype VTOL Skate folds up real small (see below). From the official site:



"Aurora’s Skate UAS…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2010 at 10:37pm — 2 Comments

Great build log for the new 8-foot Nitroplanes Reaper

NightFlyyer has some great flight and build videos for the new NitroPlanes 98" Reaper (which is supposed to start shipping again on 7/15 if you're backordered, as I am). …

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2010 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

ArduCopter beta flying!

Here's one of the first test flights of the ArduCopter quadcopter setup, from team leader Ted Carancho. Try doing that with a Parrot AR.Drone!



This is using the ArduPilotMega hardware (APM board and IMU shield) on the original AeroQuad platform. The ArduCopter platform is in final design tweaks before it goes into production. The merger of the AeroQuad and ArduPilot Mega software is going well and a public beta is probably a few weeks…
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Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2010 at 5:30am — 19 Comments

Congressional UAV Caucus website



It's been up for a while, but if you haven't checked out the website, here it is:



Mission Statement:…



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Added by Chris Anderson on June 24, 2010 at 10:08pm — No Comments

More eye candy from the ArduCopter team--WOW!

Random images from the ArduCopter dev team mailing list this week. They're doing world-class work--amazing to watch! Stay tuned for product announcements...



Above: Base plate prototypes made with the CNC machine, some of them…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 24, 2010 at 8:32pm — 8 Comments

SciFi Airshow

As Adafruit says, how did we miss this show?

Added by Chris Anderson on June 24, 2010 at 8:12pm — 4 Comments

Sparkfun GPS tracking tutorial (with cool module comparisons)

Our favorite geeks at Sparkfun have just ubergeeked out on GPS modules. Here's an overview on GPS modules and tracking, and here is a really thorough…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 24, 2010 at 7:59pm — No Comments

New GPS module--Tiny 10Hz Mediatek unit (just $38.95!)

Great news! Jordi has now released the awesome new (and tiny!) 10Hz Mediatek GPS module attached to an adapter that makes it 100% ArduPilot (and ArduIMU and ArduPilot…
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Added by Chris Anderson on June 24, 2010 at 7:30pm — 44 Comments

Great Tricopter build log

William Thielicke has done a terrific job of documenting the design of Shrediquette, his custom Arduino-controlled Tricopter. Check out the gorgeous video above. The build log is here, PDF instruction here and the latest news in the blog… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 22, 2010 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

Great new fiberglass shields/reinforcements for Skywalker



Hooks just sent me the new fibreglass reinforcement skins for the Skywalker (now just $99) and they're awesome. Here's the nose/bottom shield:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 19, 2010 at 4:00pm — 23 Comments

Sims creator Will Wright hacking the AR.Drone

I think this is the one I gave him. Glad it's being put to good use! Taken today at the Augmented Reality Development Camp, report…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 17, 2010 at 9:08pm — No Comments

Results from the AUVSI autonomous boat competition



From Robots.net: "The 3rd annual AUVSI Autonomous Surface Vehicle Competition (ASVC) is over and first place went to the University of Michigan. The University of Central Florida took 2nd place and University of Rhode Island came in third. Check the…
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Added by Chris Anderson on June 15, 2010 at 10:02pm — 11 Comments

Google Earth 5.2 now out

Haven't tried it yet, but this sounds useful:



"Now, with Google Earth 5.2, we’ve added the ability to view…

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Added by Chris Anderson on June 15, 2010 at 7:48am — 12 Comments

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