Chris Anderson's Blog – August 2009 Archive (24)

Thoughts on a commerical Lego Mindstorms NXT autopilot

I got started with amateur UAVs by making a Lego Mindstorms autopilot two years ago. It was a total kludge, using a mechanical assembly with Mindstorms motors to move the rudder, with stabilization handled by a FMA Co-Pilot. Originally, I used a compass sensor for… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on August 4, 2009 at 10:28pm — 15 Comments

Landing tech could let drones see like pilots

From Wired's Danger Room: "One big difference between Army and Air Force drones is that the Air Force’s robo-lanes can’t land themselves. That’s contributed to a number of Air Force Predators crashing when humans… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on August 4, 2009 at 10:16am — 5 Comments

Helicopter autopilot with optical flow sensor

Spotted in the Model Airplane News magazine: an ad for "Flymentor" from Shenzhen KDS Model Technologies. It's a gyro-based helicopter stabilization system with an interesting twist. It includes a CCD camera that looks down, capturing "a ground picture" and holds the heli in one position,… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on August 3, 2009 at 11:24pm — 23 Comments

Correct Blimpduino vectoring servo behavior

This is just a quickie vid for those who want to know how the vectoring servo works with the ultrasonic sensor in Blimpduino. This sensor is pretty noisy, so you can see the servo twitch some, but it's broadly doing the right… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on August 1, 2009 at 11:25pm — 2 Comments

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