Chris Anderson's Blog – June 2011 Archive (29)

Introducing a new APM feature: real-time Guided Mode

One of the most commonly-used features in pro UAVs is point-and-click mission control in real time. Rather than just pre-planned missions or manually flying the UAV, operators can just click on a map and say "go here now". 


Good news: we've now implemented this in APM. If you update to the latest Mission Planner and APM code, you can right-click on the map in…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 9, 2011 at 5:00pm — 22 Comments

Parrot AR.Drone getting more autonomy?

From the Parrot AR.Drone Twitter feed:



Added by Chris Anderson on June 8, 2011 at 10:36am — 4 Comments

More than a million page views a month here!

I'm sorry to keep posting stats on our growth here, but this is my baby and I can't help but be a little proud. We're now doing more than 1 million page views a month! Nice page/visit ratio, too.



Added by Chris Anderson on June 8, 2011 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

New Analog 10 DoF sensor

Three-axis gyros, three-axis acellerometers, three-axis magnetometer and a pressure sensor:  $605 in batches of at least 100. Someday this will cost $6 and life will be… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on June 7, 2011 at 10:26pm — 7 Comments

DIY Drones visit to Scaled Composites

This week, some of the 3D Robotics engineers and I visited Scaled Composites in Mojave, about an hour and half east of Los Angeles, to demo ArduCopter, get a tour of the facilities and talk about the DIY Drones community-driven innovation model with the Scaled engineers. Scaled is famous for being founded by the legendary…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2011 at 4:30pm — 31 Comments

User groups added to DIY Drones

Ning (the social networking platform we're built on) has added a useful Groups function, so we've used that to start user groups.


If you have an ArduCopter or are using APM for a fixed wing aircraft, please join the relevant user group, which you can find in the column on the right of this page. Anyone can join these groups. (There is also a group for the site…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2011 at 12:51pm — 4 Comments

New product in the DIY Drones store: the DroneCell GPRS board


Here's a new board for people who want longer range than Xbee can provide. You just treat it as a regular serial port, just like an Xbee, and with the right code it can communicate with anything from a website to a phone. There's no APM code for it yet, but sample code is provided so you can find your own uses. Note that mobile wireless coverage can vary a lot from…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2011 at 11:41am — 21 Comments

Cool new UAV-related products at Sparkfun

Sparkfun's new product showcase today has some cool gear that's useful for UAVs, In the video above, they demonstrate how to use the AttoPilot current sensors to measure voltage and current consumption in a quadcopter. APM supports this current sensor board, too, and now Sparkfun has several different versions for different…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 3, 2011 at 9:51am — 2 Comments

Microdrones on safari

From IEEE Spectrum: "It's a well known fact that animals from the Arctic to Africa have absolutely no idea what to think about robots. Taking full advantage of this phenomenon, Microdrones let one of their MD4-1000 quadrotors loose on safari in Kenya, and it set about capturing video like you've probably never seen…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 2, 2011 at 1:16pm — 7 Comments

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