Chris Anderson's Blog – August 2013 Archive (15)

ArduRover Swarming Demo

Here's a video demo at the Berkeley Marina of the APM/Mission Planner UAV swarming interface (control-F in the MP). Although it's designed for multicopters, we tested it first on autonomous ArduRovers (APM-powered cars), which are slow and safe. First demo: Leader-follower, using only GPS data. Works like a baby…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2013 at 8:30pm — 10 Comments

Ten weirdest robots from this year's AUVSI show

Popular Science has a fun slideshow of weird drones and other robots at the AUVSI show a couple weeks ago. Above, a really cool "pop-up drone":

Created by Bird Aerospace, the Bird's…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 30, 2013 at 2:39pm — 2 Comments

MAKE is looking for cool drone videos. I think we can help ;-)

MAKE magazine has put out a call for "cool drone videos". I know you guys have the best of those. Please send them in!

We love drones here at MAKE. The growth of the recreational and commercial drone space is exciting to watch. If you’re a drone enthusiast with an eye for…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 28, 2013 at 5:24pm — 8 Comments

Drones increasingly used for arctic research

From Mashable:

Small drones may soon take to the skies above Earth's top with the aim of making survival there easier for both…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 28, 2013 at 1:35am — 3 Comments

Electrolux design competition entry would use microdrones to clean your house

Don't ask me how these might work, but it's fun to think about at least. From Mashable:

If you've ever wished your house would automatically clean itself, so you could get a little free time — you're not alone. An industrial-design student in Colombia has…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 26, 2013 at 11:57pm — 11 Comments

Archeologists use drones to protect and explore ancient Peruvian ruins

Great piece in the Guardian. Nice DIY Drones call-out, too. Sounds like they're using our stuff!

In Peru, home to the spectacular Inca city of Machu Picchu and thousands of ancient ruins, archaeologists are turning to drones to speed up…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 25, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Defibrillator concept would deliver medical assistance by drone

From The Verge (with suitable skepticism)

German non-profit group Definetz wants to make defibrillators readily available across its country so that any time someone has a heart attack, the…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2013 at 3:45pm — 14 Comments

Research quadcopter uses smartphone to navigate

Treehuggerreports on this cool research from a group at the Vienna University of Technology:

The team's quadcopter, which is said to have been built with components costing less…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 24, 2013 at 9:15am — 1 Comment

Iris Teaser Video

The first teaser video of Iris, our totally ready-to-fly quadcopter UAV with the new next-gen autopilot. Developer pre-ordering is now open here, for shipment on Sept 16th  

Added by Chris Anderson on August 23, 2013 at 3:21pm — 17 Comments

Indian startup uses drones to drop aid to flood-ravaged areas

From Techcrunch:

An Indian startup, Social Drones, is using its home-grown arsenal of bi, quad, and octo-copters to survey the effects of a recent natural disaster…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 20, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

DARPA uses ArduCopter to develop new control software to reduce vulnerability of unmanned systems to cyber attack

From Signal magazine:

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program is known as High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems, or HACMS. Kathleen Fisher, HACMS program manager, says the program is aiming to produce software that is “functionally correct and…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 19, 2013 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments

Google Glass-controlled AR.Drone

From Hackaday:

For some reason this project makes us think of the Dog Pog Grid from Neal Stephenson’s Diamond Age. It’s not that there’s a ton of drones floating…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 9, 2013 at 12:35pm — 4 Comments

Report from the 2013 International Aerial Robotics Competition

A great report on the 2013 IARC from Gizmag. Some of the competitors were using APM, such as this team from Mercer…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 8, 2013 at 10:35pm — No Comments

"Draw-a-path" flight planning with APM/DroidPlanner!

How cool is this: just draw a path on your phone/tablet and your APM drone will follow it! Congrats to Arthur for an awesome addition to DroidPlanner.

And you know that fun mobile game…


Added by Chris Anderson on August 8, 2013 at 10:30pm — 41 Comments

Latest improvements to the Mission Planner

Just a quick post to highlight Michael Oborne's great work evolving the Mission Planner, which seems to get better with every day! Above you can see the new frame selection screen, which gives a sense of the dizzying variety of configurations that APM:Copter supports. …


Added by Chris Anderson on August 4, 2013 at 8:30am — 54 Comments

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