Chris Anderson's Blog – July 2010 Archive (26)

Results of the 2010 AUVSI RoboSub Competition



News from our underwater cousins, thanks to the always great BotJunkie:



"The… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Update on ArduQuad progress

ArduQuad, the quadcopter part of the ArduCopter family, is nearing production. The first prototypes are going to the…
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Added by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2010 at 11:00am — 29 Comments

Quadrotor balancing a weighted stick





Markus Hehn and Raffaello D’Andrea at the Institute of Dynamic System and Control at ETH Zurich have another great demo. Before you try this at home, remember that it uses a $400,000 motion capture system and only works in this box, where the cameras can see…
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Added by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2010 at 10:27am — 3 Comments

Parrot AR.Drone now available for pre-order at Brookstone

Thanks to commentor John Wright for being the first to notice that the Parrot AR.Drone is now available for pre-order at its exclusive US retailer,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2010 at 10:01am — 6 Comments

T3-Round 8: The egg-drop round!

Inspired by the Outback Challenge's waterbottle drop challenge, we're happy to now announce the start of the 8th round of the T3 Competition.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2010 at 11:30am — 90 Comments

Great story about the origins of FY Tech (and FY3ZT autopilot)

FY-Tech, makers of the FY3ZT autopilot that we're testing, now have a new website/store with a great story of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 28, 2010 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

The Future of Arduino

A week ago I spent a day with the Arduino team in and around Milan (production lead Gianluca Martino at left above, with raw Arduino PCBs coming off the fab). Here's a quick report.


First, we talked a lot about the Punto Uno…
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Added by Chris Anderson on July 19, 2010 at 11:00pm — 17 Comments

3D print your insect UAV wings



Excerpt from the New Scientist article: "While several research groups around the world have demonstrated flapping machines, wing design can be hit or miss because it's hard to get your head around the physics, says Lipson. This is where 3D printers come in – by shedding light on flight dynamics they could be an important step towards the development of smaller and more efficient… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 18, 2010 at 7:49pm — 1 Comment

Podcast/Livechat tomorrow (Sunday) night with Richard Hanson, AMA reg ninja, 9:00 PST

Free video streaming by Ustream



Tomorrow night we'll do podcast #27, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 17, 2010 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Brian Wolfe wins T3, Round 7!

Another great run by Brian Wolfe with his custom PicPilot autopilot, and he wins Round 7 of the T3 competition--the autonomous…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 17, 2010 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

DelFly II Autonomous Navigation

[From BotJunkie]: "The DelFly II from TU Delft is one of the most promising flapping wing micro UAVs we’ve seen, and at the International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Flight Competition… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2010 at 11:44pm — 4 Comments

Camera hacking

SparkFun's high-altitude balloon tutorial continues with several great posts, including this one on hacking regular Canon cameras to run open source…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2010 at 10:01pm — 4 Comments

Bird Attacks DelFly II



The perils of biomicry: if you're small and flappy, you look good enough to eat.



[via… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2010 at 9:44pm — No Comments

More stunning ArduPilotMega render work by Sandro Benigno

XtreamBee board…





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Added by Chris Anderson on July 16, 2010 at 8:16am — 7 Comments

Open Source Hardware draft definition and code of conduct

I was part of the Open Source Hardware committee that drafted this definition and code of conduct. What do you think? (And come to the Open Hardware Summit in NYC on September 23rd. I'll be there!)



Introduction

Open Source Hardware (OSHW) is a term for tangible artifacts -- machines, devices, or other physical things -- whose design has been released to the public in such a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Badass British stealth drone



We don't cover military UAVs here, but I'll make an exception on design grounds for this one. Just look at it!



From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 12, 2010 at 9:53pm — 8 Comments

RC control via WiFi (and iPhone)



From MakeZine: "From the MAKE Forums:… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 12, 2010 at 9:49pm — 4 Comments

PixHawk competing at IMAV 2010



Our Swiss friends continue to impress with a new, lighter version of their PixHawk quad with optical navigation, which is competing at IMAV 2010 this week. From the team's update:



"We participated in the Indoor Autonomy and Indoor Dynamics missions. The Indoor…
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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2010 at 5:05pm — 8 Comments

DIY Drones passes 10,000 members!

A big milestone for DIY Drones today--we passed 10,000 members!



On average, this site gets 12,000 visitors and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2010 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

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