Good news: the 3D Robotics store is now offering custom-molded cases for APM 2, in both top-pin and side-pin variety. They're $4.99 each. All new APM 2s now ship with these cases, included free!
They're smokey semi-transparent, so you can see the LEDs through…Continue
Sure, it's all controlled by a Vicon system that nobody but a big university lab can afford, but look at the lights! Gorgeous robotic choreography from the U-Penn GRASP Lab team, shown at Cannes. 16 quads with mirrors and LED displays. It really takes off around 2:30.
Excerpted from CNET:
MONTEREY, Calif.--Imagine an aerial dogfight of epic proportions: Fifty aircraft on a side, each prowling the sky for advantage over dozens of adversaries.
If Timothy Chung has…
The scary headline below should be a warning to all of us who travel with drones in our checked or carry-on luggage. Here's what I do, and it's worked well for me so far:
From DroneMapper's Twitter feed. Don't ask me why a golf course surface looks like that in this format.
Digital Surface Model - Golf Course in Switzerland. Imagery via SenseFly UAV. 12cm…
DIY Drones friend Gonzalo Martinez of Autodesk has been in Kenya with Louise Leakey and his Octocopters. Fantastic stuff! (The copters are gorgeous $12,000 Mikrokopter-powered Cinestars)
I'm a student at UT Dallas, and we have a ROS driver for the AR.Drone. It is an early version, and it has almost the same functionality as the ardrone_brown package. The main difference and advantage is that it is written using…
Just uploaded here:
OpenSCAD file showing my OctoCopter. Parametric design so you can change it into a Tri/Quad/Hex/Y. Design based on the AGL Hobbies carbon fiber frame. I created it so that I could try different boom lengths and prop…
As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 26,000!…Continue
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Drivers in Washington DC freaked out by sight of an X-47b being towed on a flatbed truck; think it's a UFO. Washington Post story here, including the amusing Twitter response I quoted in the headline, which came once citizens were informed that…Continue
IEEE Spectrum writes:
The sad truth is the GPS system is a fragile one, easily blocked and interfered with, as the tragic fatal crash of a drone in South Korea last month (shown above) showed.
Now DARPA is sponsoring new research to help drones navigate…Continue
Over the five years we've been running the site, Apple OSs have been consistently rising and Linux consistently falling. Today iOS of various flavors add up to nearly 6% of total traffic of 1.4m page views/month, which brings the Apple total (mobile + Mac) to around 20%. Five years ago, Linux was around 8%; now it's 5%. FWIW, Chrome is the most popular browser,…Continue
Last Christmas, [bonafide] received a WiFi enabled remote control helicopter from his employer. The heli is an interesting bit of kit, able to be controlled with an Android or iDevice. Being the good…
Good news: HobbyKing is now the official commercial sponsor of the DIY Drones Multicopter Rodeo next Sunday in Boulder, CO after the Sparkfun AVC! They'll be providing prizes, including the cool…Continue
Not necessarily practical (or quiet), but definitely unique. Found here.
Just small manned planes for now. Key quote:
"Asked if Google had any plans to use unmanned aerial drones to gather photos for its 3D cityscapes, McClendon said it was an interesting question, but noted that drones were still being evaluated…
From IEEE Spectrum:
One of the ways in which robots are just starting to get really useful is with hauling aerial cargo. Last year, the optionally-manned KMAX made its …