Chris Anderson's Blog – June 2016 Archive (12)

Raspberry Pi-based AI autopilot beats human top gun in simulated dogfight

From the University of Cincinnati:

Artificial intelligence (AI) developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate was recently assessed by subject-matter expert and retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee — who holds extensive aerial combat…

Added by Chris Anderson on June 30, 2016 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition course preview

All you ArduRover fans out there, this is your chance to once again show your skills at AVC. It's September 17 this year. Here's the new Sparkfun announcement post:

This year, SparkFun’s …


Added by Chris Anderson on June 27, 2016 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Google creates its own laws of robotics

From Fast Company:

In his famous Robot series of stories and novels, Isaac Asimov created the fictional Laws of Robotics, which read:

  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to…

Added by Chris Anderson on June 25, 2016 at 4:35pm — 10 Comments

Real-time data analysis tool for PX4

MAVGAnalysis is a new tool from the PX4 team to give real-time data analytics without overcomplicating a GCS. From the repository:

This JavaFx based tool enables PX4 Users to record and analyse data published via UDP during flight or based on PX4Logs. It is not intended to replace the QGC.…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2016 at 1:55am — 9 Comments

AP-Manager switches between two Pixhawks for safety, redunancy

AP-Manager is a board available now that allows switching between two Pixhawks or APM autopilots:

Product Description

The requirements for the operation…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 21, 2016 at 6:53pm — 17 Comments

Biggest Solo software update ever: adds Rewind, Augmented Reality, Pano and more

Rewind and Return to Me

With the press of a button, Solo will retrace its exact path for the last 60 feet of your flight (this distance will be user-definable in the app) to ensure it avoids obstacles on its way back home. And with the new “return to me” feature, Solo will come home to wherever you stand with your controller…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 17, 2016 at 12:30pm — 27 Comments

Radiolink SE100 GPS module for Pixhawk

Anybody know anything about this one? It's $35 from Roboshop:

  • 2.5dbI…

Added by Chris Anderson on June 14, 2016 at 12:44pm — 21 Comments

Judging starts this week on the $100,000 Airbus/LocalMotors drone cargo challenge

There were an amazing 425 entries to the Airbus/LocalMotors drone cargo challenge, and this week judging begins to select the winners (I'm one of the judges). Check them out …


Added by Chris Anderson on June 11, 2016 at 8:05am — 5 Comments

New ArduRover beta, adds better smoothed steering and cornering

(shown above, the fastest ArduRover yet, an electric go-kart built by Autodesk CEO Carl Bass [shown with author Kevin Kelly] and run at the Self Driving Cars track day this weekend)

From the announcement…


Added by Chris Anderson on June 2, 2016 at 4:28pm — 4 Comments

How they did compass calibration in the 19th century

I was interested to see this in the fantastic new Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Those big canisters on each side of the ship compass are iron slugs designed to compensate for the "hard iron" magnetic distortions of the iron ships they were mounted on. Now we do it in software, but the principle is the same. …


Added by Chris Anderson on June 1, 2016 at 6:36pm — 2 Comments

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