Great post from Kean Walmsley at Autodesk on using ArduCopter for 3D capture:
I’ve been getting very interested in the…
Highlights (and lowlights) from all three heats of the PBR class of the 2014 Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle competition. Won by my "Driving Miss Dizzy" ArduRover, thanks to Tridge and Tom Coyle for coaching and code. Thrills, spills and some very close calls!
Good piece on the front page of the Wall Street Journal business section today. I'm quoted in it:
The big aerospace companies "are the [computer] mainframes of this industry…We're the personal computers," said former Wired magazine…
DroidPlanner has just been updated with an incredible feature that comes very close to "one-button 3D mapping" with ArduCopter. Here's a quick tutorial on how to use it to create a mission that autonomously takes off, circles a building taking pictures of it and lands,…Continue
Testing the SF/02 laser rangefinder on a Pixhawk on my Meridian. Worked very nicely! Some results:…
I love the subhead of this piece, from Inc Magazine's annual "35 coolest entrepreneurs under 35" list: "Jordi Muñoz launched 3D Robotics with former Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson via email, didn't…Continue
As the federal government decides how to regulate drones in the U.S., states are moving on their own. Check out the status of drone legislation in your state …
Wow. The AMA response to the new FAA rules is scorching:
States AMA President Bob Brown, “The FAA interpretive rule effectively negates Congress’ intentions, and is contrary to the law. Section 336(a) of the Public Law states that, ‘the Federal
Seeking to speed up government rule-making about the use of drones in newsgathering, CNN and the Georgia Institute of Technology said Monday that they would jointly study how to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) safely and…
Here's the reg. On a quick read, it appears that the FAA is taking a hard line on drones in commercial faming and FPV flight with googles. Only Hobby and Recreation is allowed without a COA
Regarding FPV, this doesn't sound…Continue
We're going to be standardizing on built-in Bluetooth for all 3DR vehicles and autopilots in the future, but you don't have to wait for that -- you can use Bluetooth right now with this nifty Bluetooth add-on kit ($24.99). It's pre-set for 3DR gear and sends MAVlink at 57k to any mobile…Continue
Congratulations to Leonard Hall, whose incredibly fast ArduCopter (shown above) won the Sparkfun AVC copter category, and Philip Rowse, whose ArduPlane did the same in fixed wing. In rovers, my own ArduRover came in first in the micro rover category, and there were…Continue
The National Parks Service just announced a sweeping ban on drones. The new policy prohibits "launching, landing, or operating unmanned…
DroneCon 2014 is now underway at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Although it's not live-streamed, the videos will be on YouTube in a few days. Here's the order of events.
Adafruit has just posted a great tutorial on adding prop guards and cool LEDs to IRIS:
UFO DronesThis summer light up the night sky and fly safe with your drone. In this project, we'll show you how you can upgrade the IRIS quad copper with…
Jonathan Buckley and his 13-year-old son Kaden (and friend Jack) just had the most epic day using the new and improved ArduCopter Follow-Me mode to have a 3DR Y6 follow a car (carrying an Android tablet). Have you ever seen a better father-son project??
Online retailer Amazon has brought on a major K Street firm to lobby on its proposed drone delivery program.
Amazon Prime Air has hired Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to work on “federal advocacy with regard…
Congrats to the EasyDrone team, who hit their $20,000 goal on Kickstarter. Now they've offered a stretch goal of upgrading everyone from APM to a Pixhawk autopilot if they hit $30,000 in the next 24 days. I think they can do it!
Given that this is the third Follow-Me announcement of the day, AirDog's claim to be the "world's first" auto-follow action sports drone may not be quite accurate ;-) But the tracking bracelet looks very interesting. They're raising $200,000…Continue