Chris Anderson's Blog – August 2012 Archive (26)

Nice retractable pan/tilt mount

Clever! As the poster says, "This is a prototype, soon to be available at www.cxndesigns.com"

Added by Chris Anderson on August 31, 2012 at 1:35pm — 13 Comments

Important note for APM 2.5 users: if you're not using an enclosure, cover your baro sensor!

One of the differences between APM 2.0 and APM 2.5 is that on APM 2.5 there is no daughterboard covering the barometric pressure sensor. So what? Well, if you've got your APM 2.5 in an enclosure of some sort, it's no big deal (the official enclosures will be out in a few weeks and will be included with APM 2.5 orders then;…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2012 at 10:30pm — 18 Comments

Call of Duty Black Ops II video game kit comes with actual flying quadcopter

The $179 "Care Package" version of the new videogame comes with a "MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone" (whatever that is). News here

This is the same…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 28, 2012 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

Reverse engineering the Syma 107 toy helicopter IR protocol

If you've played with the Syma 107, you'll know that it's an amazingly stable, fun and cheap ($16!) toy helicopter. Maybe a good platform for a micro UAV? Possibly, but you'll need to be able to hack into its control signals first. Kerry Wong to the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 27, 2012 at 2:22pm — 2 Comments

Internship available to work on ArduPlane/ArduCopter 32-bit transition at Galois

Dev Team member Pat Hickey, who works at Galois, let us know about this cool opportunity to work on advanced UAV software work and the ArduPlane/ArduCopter 32-bit evolution. 

 

If you're looking to get into the UAV industry and have the software skills (and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 26, 2012 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

UDrones RTF ArduPlane/ArduCopters now come with APM 2.5

The uDrones RTF ArduPlane, which is a very good deal at $599, now comes with the new APM 2.5. You can add telemetry and FPV video options, too. Just add your own RC and LiPo and you're ready to go. …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2012 at 10:34pm — No Comments

Two ways to extend the range of a Parrot AR.Drone

From Hackaday:

One of the common mods that popped up on the internet were ways of extending the range on the AR Drone. It normally uses a local Wi-Fi connection to your phone or tablet for control and video signals. Many found this quite…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2012 at 4:57pm — 4 Comments

Some recent features added to the Mission Planner

You've probably noticed that Michael Oborne seems to be improving and enhancing the Mission Planner every day, judging by the frequent autoupdates. And you wouldn't be far off from the truth! We don't post a changelog with every update (it's too many to keep up with), but if you're curious, you can always see them in the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 22, 2012 at 8:51pm — 22 Comments

Making a quadcopter RC controller with a WiFly radio

From Hackaday:

When [Matt] started building his multirotor helicopter, he was far too involved with building his craft than worrying about small details like how to actually control his…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 22, 2012 at 8:41pm — 4 Comments

Where drones sit on the "hype curve"

Every year, the Gartner IT consultancy releases its famous "hype curve", which shows where it thinks various emerging technologies are in the usual cycle of swings between overheated expectations, backlashes and ultimate practical application.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 21, 2012 at 10:15am — 15 Comments

Quadcopter used as weed sprayer

From the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 21, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

MakerPlane, a new organization for open source (full sized) aviation

From BoingBoing, news of a new organization that uses some of the same open source principles we use here, but for manned aircraft:

"MakerPlane is an open…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 20, 2012 at 5:20pm — 5 Comments

Centeye optical flow copters on TechCrunch!

Our friend Geoff Barrows, who has been working with us on his great optical flow boards, just got covered by TechCrunch!…
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Added by Chris Anderson on August 19, 2012 at 7:00am — 14 Comments

Finally: replace just the bent shaft, not the entire motor

If you're like me and crash a lot (I'm a terrible pilot), bent motor shafts are a weekly curse. There's no good way to straighten them, so I have to replace the entire motor. That's expensive, and requires a lot of soldering of wires and remounting motors. So good news: now you can just replace the bent part, leaving…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 16, 2012 at 9:30pm — 12 Comments

Defense industry UAV makers transitioning to commercial/civilian markets

Part of a report on the AUVSI show by the Robot Report. Also check out …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 14, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Farm robots only pick the ripe strawberries

One of the biggest commercial opportunities for robotics is agriculture, which I find endlessly fascinating (probably because I know nothing about farming!).  This isn't exactly drone-related (although lots of farmers are using drones for everything from multispectral imaging to crop-spraying), but Forbes has…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 10, 2012 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

New stamp-sized GPS module claims to be spoof-proof

From the LA Times. The product datasheet is …

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 10, 2012 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Roundup of Lockheed Martin's latest UAVs

Some new small-scale UAVs from Lockheed Martin, plus the latest in blimp with huge radar arrays and onboard power generation. Always interesting to see the standardization on Xbox-style controllers for the little ones. 

Added by Chris Anderson on August 10, 2012 at 9:27am — 4 Comments

MIT research on indoor navigation with UAVs

From the MIT press release:

MIT’s Robust Robotics Group — which fielded the team that won the last AUVSI contest — has set itself…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 10, 2012 at 9:14am — 4 Comments

Walkera Ladybird nanocopter clone for $49 with RC!

I love my Walkera Ladybird nanocopter, which costs $129 and is incredibly fun to fly. But now you can get a clone…

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Added by Chris Anderson on August 9, 2012 at 9:30pm — 28 Comments

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