For those of you with 3D printers, here's a file on Thingiverse that will let you print out a tricopter tail motor mount. The description is in Japanese so I can't tell you much more than that!…Continue
This is cool! Now to think about what we might do with it.
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) today introduced the XBee® Wi-Fi, an embedded module that enables industry leading low power, serial-to-Wi-Fi networking in the popular XBee form factor. Because of the XBee’s common footprint and application programming interface (API), customers can now create a…
Jim St Leger from Intel's embeded group in Arizona gave a speech to the Intel staff about why the Maker movement is so important and why it's so unfortunate that Intel isn't participating. DIY Drones gets a nice…Continue
This is a 1/10th scale model of what is eventually intended to be a 90m autonomous airship that can generate its own hydrogen (for buoyancy and fuel) from rainwater. It's mostly an art project now, but the vision is inspiring. Arduino-powered, of course. That reminds me that we have to design Blimpduino 2 later this year. I miss blimps!
Good interview and write-up…Continue
Forbes reports on the latest from this team, who uses the original Ardupilot as an autopilot:
For the next version of APM (the fixed-wing codebase), we're thinking about adding an acrobatic scripting language, so you can program your UAV to do awesome robotic stunts. APM already suppports inverted flight, and adding other maneuvers is technically easy once we decide on how…Continue
DIY-er [Russell] wanted a quadcopter, and like many people out there, he knew the satisfaction that would come from building it himself. Rather than purchase…
From IEEE Spectrum,a "cyclogyro", or "cyclocopter":
Fundamentally, a cyclocopter is similar to a helicopter in that it creates…
Almost all autopilots use PID algorythms in one way or another. Now there's a basic PID library in the standard Arduino software. Even better, here's a tutorial series from Brett Beuregard on how to use it!
I got my start in robotics with LEGO Mindstorms, so I'm glad to see continued sensor development there. Here's the latest: a 6DoF IMU from Dexter Industries. No word yet on what kind of software support it will have for sensor…Continue
Another one from Hack-a-day. It's just a concept so far, but the team that's behind it may be competent enough to pull it off. They're using a Kickstarter-like model to raise…
From Hack-a-day. This ducted-fan beast uses the Sparkfun 6DoF IMU that Jordi wrote the software for. No, it hasn't flown yet.
The popular DIY Drones Telemetry Kit is back in stock and better than ever! It now includes a custom XtreamBee adapter-to-APM cable. No more fiddling around with jumper cables and having to check if one fell off (or dealing with bricked Xbees because of a loose power connection).…Continue
As part of my ongoing research project to buy every autopilot out there and see how they work (an expensive hobby!), I just got a FY-21AP, which is a $250 stabilization and RTL box (basically an autopilot with most of the usual features taken out). (I bought it from HobbyKing…Continue
As you know, earlier this year we released the latest version of APM, the APM2560 board, which has twice as much memory as the older APM1280 boards. This was to allow us to continue to add features and functionality to the ArdupilotMega and ArduCopter code without running into the…
Wonderful work from ETH Zurich with their Vicon motion capture system and a Ascending Tech quad:
"[T]hey are using Kinect to monitor their joint positions, mapping a handful of…