Chris Anderson's Blog – August 2010 Archive (34)

ArduPilot-powered WiFi sniffing drone at DefCon

Spotted at the DefCon hacker conference this year, the ArduPilot-powered WiFi Aerial Surveillance Platform (WASP), basically a UAV with WiFi sniffing capability. It flies until it finds an open WiFi…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Last week to drop an egg!

The current T3 competition (egg drop round) closes next Sunday, and so far we've only got one successful entry! (Mark Griffith, whose admirable splat is at right) I know several of you have tried runs without success… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Update on product availability and request for sourcing help

The effects of the recession on Asian electronics suppliers are being felt across the electronics industry, from cell phones to smaller firms like us and Sparkfun. This…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2010 at 12:30pm — 16 Comments

Could this be a good UAV platform?



Over at RCG, Gary, who makes these sweet birds in his workshop in Toronto, asks if if there would be interest in selling them for UAV use:



"The only electronics onboard are 3 gyros + 2 mixers. The first video is with one 4S 3000 battery, the second is with two. Payload capacity above and beyond the batteries is 2 lb. There's more info, including the 5-lb-payload eVader 750, at …



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Added by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2010 at 11:41am — 10 Comments

New CityFlyer GCS

There are an awful lot of GCSs out there (possibly more than anyone needs), but here's another one: CityFlyer.…



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Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2010 at 11:30pm — 7 Comments

AUVSI Annual Conference starts today in Denver



The AUVSI annual conference starts today in Denver. Lots of video coverage here. Anybody from this community there who can report on highlights, especially those relevent… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2010 at 3:39pm — 8 Comments

QGroundControl Update



From IHeartRobotics:



"It looks like the Pixhawk team has made some more… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on August 22, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Review of the production Parrot AR.Drone



I've now had a chance to fly the production-model Parrot AR.Drones enough time to have a good feel for how it it flies under a range of conditions, and how it differs from the prototype that I've been flying for six months. Here's a brief review:



The package: The box comes with the AR.Drone, indoor and outdoor bodies, a 1,000 MaH LiPo battery and charger, plugs for various country electrical outlets, and a target.… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on August 22, 2010 at 12:00pm — 16 Comments

Comparing the little and the big NitroPlanes Predators

I've now had a chance to compare the old 63" Nitroplanes Predator with the new 98" Reaper, which is finally in stock. There's no…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 21, 2010 at 10:59pm — 20 Comments

Housekeeping update--Leaderboards, Issue Tracker and more

A few quick updates about the site and projects:
  1. We've added "Leaderboards", so it's easier to see what/who is hot in any given week. You can see all the leaderboard categories by clicking on the Leaderboard tab at top right, or just the content list in the sidebar at right.
  2. We've reorganized the ArduPilot Mega SVN repository to adhere to SVN conventions…
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Added by Chris Anderson on August 20, 2010 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Using drones to monitor water use? Why?

Fast Company has an article about an Israeli water-use monitoring company, and for some reason they tie it into drones. I've read the piece twice…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 17, 2010 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

Oh dear...



This doozy was spotted by Wired's Danger Room team:…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 16, 2010 at 10:56pm — 20 Comments

Howard Gordon, RIP

Very sad news: our friend and community member Howard Gordon died of a sudden heart attack on July 20th, at age 57. He was an inspiration and a mentor to me, and was best known to this community as the creator of the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on August 16, 2010 at 9:29pm — 15 Comments

"Distributed Flight Array"

The Robots podcast had a great interview this week with Raymond Oung from the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 16, 2010 at 2:49pm — 1 Comment

Important: ArduPilot users, change your throttle wire to pin 11

We've changed the channel that reads the throttle on basic ArduPilot from pin 13 to pin 11. That's because pin 13 shares an LED, and it's causing problems with some low-voltage RC receivers. Pin 11 is clean.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 13, 2010 at 11:00pm — 20 Comments

Scenes from the ArduCopter factory

Jani sent over some pictures of the first beta ArduCopter retail units going out to the dev team. Yes, the dev team is that big now!



We'll announce pricing, package…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 13, 2010 at 8:08pm — 7 Comments

ArduCopter unboxing!!!

It's here! The first beta of the retail ArduCopter frame arrived today, and it's GORGEOUS. Jani has totally outdone himself. Above is the box, which is surprisingly small--just 13" x 4.5". Nice label, tells you what's inside. (This box is…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 12, 2010 at 9:00pm — 35 Comments

Parrot AR.Drone unboxing photos



Some quickie shots from my phone, along with first impressions. Above, the cardboard inner box. Same basic setup as the prototype: an indoors protective foam ring body, and a second…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 12, 2010 at 7:07pm — 1 Comment

Parrot, we love you, but is this really the message you want to send?



I get the whole cheeky viral video thing, but this one from the Parrot AR.Drone team just seems obnoxious and irresponsible. Or am I just being over-sensitive?


Speaking of the AR.Drone, my production version just arrived. I'll add unboxing pictures in a few...[Update: here]





UPDATE:…
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Added by Chris Anderson on August 12, 2010 at 2:00pm — 46 Comments

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