Chris Anderson's Blog – June 2014 Archive (37)

Tutorial on 3D image capture by drone

Great post from Kean Walmsley at Autodesk on using ArduCopter for 3D capture:

I’ve been getting very interested in the…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 30, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Epic crashes (and some pretty cool robot racing) in the SparkFun AVC rover heats

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!

Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2014 at 6:35pm — 11 Comments

Wall Street Journal: "Drone Dogfight: Big Defense Firms vs The Techies"

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 28, 2014 at 3:56pm — 19 Comments

How to do one-button 3D mapping with the new DroidPlanner

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,…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2014 at 10:30pm — 37 Comments

Minature (sorta) phased-array radar for drone sense-and-avoid

From GCN (via Dronereport). Although the prototype is relatively big now, the researchers plan to reduce it to 4 ounces. It is, however, very expensive…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 26, 2014 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

Testing laser rangefinders with ArduPlane

Andrew Tridgell has been testing laser rangefinder with ArduPlane, for more precise autolanding. Here's his report:

Testing the SF/02 laser rangefinder on a Pixhawk on my Meridian. Worked very nicely! Some results:…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2014 at 8:55pm — 19 Comments

Jordi Munoz makes Inc Mag's "35 Coolest Entrepreneurs under 35"

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2014 at 1:14pm — 4 Comments

Are drones restricted in your state? This map will show you.

Great interactive map of drone legislation from Marketwatch. Clickable version is at the link below:

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 …


Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2014 at 8:26am — 7 Comments

AMA response blasts FAA

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



Added by Chris Anderson on June 24, 2014 at 5:30pm — 41 Comments

CNN is trying to speed up FAA approval of drones for reporting

From CNN:

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2014 at 10:07pm — 1 Comment

FAA issues notice clarifying legal model aircraft use, bans FPV goggles?

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2014 at 2:00pm — 127 Comments

New in the 3DR store: Bluetooth for APM/Pixhawk!

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 22, 2014 at 10:00pm — 40 Comments

DIY Drones teams dominate Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 21, 2014 at 11:39pm — 44 Comments

Drones now banned in all US National Parks

From Gizmodo:

The National Parks Service just announced a sweeping ban on drones. The new policy prohibits "launching, landing, or operating unmanned…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 20, 2014 at 11:12am — 48 Comments

DroneCon 2014 underway

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. 



Added by Chris Anderson on June 20, 2014 at 9:29am — 12 Comments

IRIS LEDs and prop guards!

Adafruit has just posted a great tutorial on adding prop guards and cool LEDs to IRIS:

UFO Drones

This 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…

Added by Chris Anderson on June 20, 2014 at 9:07am — 5 Comments

Copter autonomously following car -- 13-year old has best project of the year!

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??

Added by Chris Anderson on June 19, 2014 at 11:09pm — 3 Comments

Amazon hires Washington DC lobbyist for drone program

From Politico:

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 18, 2014 at 10:57pm — 1 Comment

EasyDrone Kickstarter project hits its goal, offers stretch goal of Pixhawk upgrade

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!

From the…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 16, 2014 at 2:23pm — 3 Comments

Airdog: Yet another Follow-Me copter on Kickstarter!

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…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 15, 2014 at 11:37pm — 20 Comments

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