Jose Augusto Santaella has been doing some great mapping work with his APM-powered Maja. Check out his mosaic gallery here. …Continue
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.
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The XBee Handheld Controller may be just the ticket to remotely control any project that comes off your workbench.
This isn’t the first…
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…Continue
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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 …Continue
From @DroneMapper: "Near Infrared UAV Imagery Example - Vineyard in Chile (268 12MP 2D images processed via DroneMapper)
Yes, we have a general prohibition on posts that discuss military uses of drones, but this was too funny.
Scientific American reports on plans for "volocopter", a human-carrying multicopter from Germany:
Inventor and physicist Thomas Senkel created an…
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…Continue
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.
Hackaday has the latest on the cool extreme lifting designs for the HobbyKing competition:
If you have a…
Tomorrow's a holiday in the US, so I'm going off topic for this bit of fun.Continue
Edward Burtynsky, who is famous for his huge landscape and mega-engineering photography, uses drones for aerial photography. From an interview:
Twilley: From the point of view of a photographer, then, it…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…