Chris Anderson's Blog – July 2011 Archive (19)

Design for a 3D printed tricopter tail motor mount

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!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2011 at 7:38am — 2 Comments

WiFi Xbees announced!

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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 30, 2011 at 8:00pm — 17 Comments

Great speech from Intel guy about why they need to pay attention to Makers (and us)

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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Work underway on autonomous airship to wander the skies, generating its own fuel

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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Ardupilot-powered WASP drone sniffs open Wifi networks from the air

Forbes reports on the latest from this team, who uses the original Ardupilot as an autopilot:

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2011 at 8:19am — 11 Comments

Adding acrobatic scripting to APM

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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 27, 2011 at 7:58am — 54 Comments

ScoutUAV: an APM-powered quadcopter with a GREAT buildlog

Hack-a-day has a good write-up of ScoutUAV, a custom-built quadcopter using the APM hardware and ArduPirates code. It really is a terrific site and introduction to building an APM-powered quad:

 

DIY-er [Russell] wanted a quadcopter, and like many people out there, he knew the satisfaction that…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 27, 2011 at 7:38am — 4 Comments

"Cyclonic" quadcopter strangest yet

 

From IEEE Spectrum,a "cyclogyro", or "cyclocopter":

 

Fundamentally, a cyclocopter is similar to a helicopter in that it creates…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 25, 2011 at 5:05pm — 9 Comments

Festo SmartBird flies at TED conference

Added by Chris Anderson on July 25, 2011 at 5:01pm — 11 Comments

Tutorial series for new Arduino PID library

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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 25, 2011 at 4:01pm — 7 Comments

6DoF IMU for LEGO Mindstorms

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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 25, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Plans for an open source RC Transmitter



Another one from Hack-a-day. It's just a concept so far, but the team…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 19, 2011 at 3:00pm — 29 Comments

One huge quadcopter!

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.

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 19, 2011 at 1:44pm — 23 Comments

DIY Drones passes 17,000 members

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here. We're now at 17,000 registered members. This site currently does nearly 40,000 page views a day, and around 1 million page views per month. Growth continues at nearly 100% annually. Thanks to everyone who makes this such a thriving… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on July 15, 2011 at 8:02am — 12 Comments

Telemetry kit back in stock -- now includes great custom cable

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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 11, 2011 at 6:18pm — 3 Comments

First impressions of FY-21AP stabilization and RTL unit

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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2011 at 10:10am — 13 Comments

APM1280 vs APM2560 boards -- should you upgrade?



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…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 6, 2011 at 8:00am — 51 Comments

Most impressive Kinect-controlled quadcopter yet

Wonderful work from ETH Zurich with their Vicon motion capture system and a Ascending Tech quad:

From Hackaday:

 "[T]hey are using Kinect to monitor their joint positions, mapping a handful of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 5, 2011 at 9:03am — 4 Comments

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