Chris Anderson's Blog – July 2012 Archive (41)

Great mosaics from Brazil

Jose Augusto Santaella has been doing some great mapping work with his APM-powered Maja. Check out his mosaic gallery here. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 11, 2012 at 4:30pm — 11 Comments

"Laser-scan forests with long-range optics and build a fleet of robotic map-making drones in order to hack the post-militarized landscape of the Marin Headlands. "

Sounds like fun if you're in the San Francisco Bay Area!! These are the same people who got held by airport security when they tried to bring quadcopters into…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 11, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Cute aircraft models for 3D printing on Shapeways

They're not drones, but we love 3D printers here, too. The Columbia Aerodrome team has designed a load of lovely historic models for 3D printing on Shapeways. 

Added by Chris Anderson on July 11, 2012 at 11:15am — No Comments

Remote control with Xbee

From Hackaday:

The XBee Handheld Controller may be just the ticket to remotely control any project that comes off your workbench.

This isn’t the first…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 11, 2012 at 11:12am — 14 Comments

DIY Drones at 27,000 members!

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 27,000!

There were 1.4 million page views this month, tied for our record. It took us less than four weeks to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging about one new member every 40 minutes.

Thanks as always to all the community…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 11, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

First issue of AUVSI's Unmanned Systems magazine -- 30 years ago! -- now free online

AUVSI has released the very first issues of their magazine, Unmanned Systems, from 1982 (!!) for reading online or on your iPad. The tone was much more military in those days but otherwise it's interesting how little has changed (see below). It's free. Read it …

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 10, 2012 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

UAV imagery of a vineyard in Chile

From @DroneMapper: "Near Infrared UAV Imagery Example - Vineyard in Chile (268 12MP 2D images processed via DroneMapper)

Added by Chris Anderson on July 10, 2012 at 7:05am — 1 Comment

Funny or Die: The Wonderful World of Drones

Yes, we have a general prohibition on posts that discuss military uses of drones, but this was too funny.

(via…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 9, 2012 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

How many brushless motors do you need to lift a man? Try 18

Scientific American reports on plans for "volocopter", a human-carrying multicopter from Germany:

Inventor and physicist Thomas Senkel created an…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 8, 2012 at 3:12pm — 10 Comments

Current issue of The New Inquiry all about drones

The current issue of online/iPad magazine The New Inquiry is all about drones. It's a bit arty/academic/political, but pretty interesting all the same. The content is subscriber-only, but it's just $2/mo to get and you'll have instant access. Yes, DIY Drones is mentioned.

Some of the articles are a bit of a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2012 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Arduino projects for RC cars

RC Arduino is a cool site that documents how to add an Arduino with gyro sensor to a RC car to make it more more controllable, basically "driving by wire", rather than directly, with the Arduino making sure it doesn't spin out. 

They…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 7, 2012 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Latest extreme heavy lift multicopter entries in HobbyKing competition

Hackaday has the latest on the cool extreme lifting designs for the HobbyKing competition:

If you have a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 6, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Robots and Dubstep: how can I resist?

Tomorrow's a holiday in the US, so I'm going off topic for this bit of fun. 

Via Mashable: "Produced by Fluxel Media with beats from musician Andrew “Nostalgia” Hill, the “Dubstep Dispute” video is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 3, 2012 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

AUVSI publishes drones "Code of Conduct"

Today the Association of Unmanned Vehicles International (AUVSI) published a drone Code of Conduct. Here are some…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2012 at 7:27pm — 4 Comments

Famed photographer Edward Burtynsky uses drones

Edward Burtynsky, who is famous for his huge landscape and mega-engineering photography, uses drones for aerial photography. From an interview:

TwilleyFrom the point of view of a photographer, then, it…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2012 at 6:06pm — 3 Comments

OpenROV makes Kickstarter target in first day!

Congrats to our friends at OpenROV, who hit their Kickstarter target in the first day! You can get the complete kit for $775. Right now it's just teleoperated, but it has a BeagleBone computer board, so there's lots of potential for sensor and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2012 at 5:37pm — 2 Comments

Massimo Banzi on the power of open source hardware

Massimo Banzi, the co-creator of Arduino, gives a great TED talk on the power of open source projects. Gives a nice shout-out to DIY Drones, ArduCopter and MatterNet, which uses ArduCopters to deliver packages in places like…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2012 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

A great rant on UAV video demos that use Unobtanium

Hizook, one of my favorite blogs, has a great rant on one of my favorite peeves: UAV videos that show performance only possible with crazy expensive motion capture systems that are only found in a few well-funded university…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2012 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Cloud-based Arduino IDE coming

Codebender, a cloud-based IDE for Arduino is coming soon. If you like the look of it, you can back it on Indigogo (28 days left).  I backed it at the $150 level, which gets you and Ethernet Arduino, with a special bootloader that lets you program and download…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 2, 2012 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Navigating UAVs without GPS

From Gizmodo

Military drones rely heavily on GPS for navigation guidance while in the air. But in areas where a signal can't be found, or where someone is using a GPS jammer, a drone will find itself in a troublesome…

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Added by Chris Anderson on July 1, 2012 at 2:03pm — 10 Comments

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