Chris Anderson's Blog – September 2010 Archive (33)

Outback Challenge results

The five teams that made it past the qualifying did better than ever this year, but nobody won the $50,000 prize.


Here's a news report of the results. Excerpt:…


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Added by Chris Anderson on September 30, 2010 at 7:00am — 12 Comments

DIY Drones' big new pick-and-place machine up and running!



Our big new Manncorp pick-and-place machine is now up and running in our new San Diego factory, joining the smaller pick-and-place that we already had. In the above video, it's placing components on IMU shields in pairs. We should be back in full production by the end of the week. We have all components on hand, including the hard-to-find dataflash chips, so we should be ready to meet demand for ArduCopter and the public release of the APM code. (ArduCopter pre-orders… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2010 at 9:30pm — 12 Comments

Using Arduino with LabVIEW



A quick tutorial, found here. Excerpt:


"This is a quick (REALLY quick) writeup on establishing a connection between the Arduino Duemilanove and LabVIEW. I used a very simple setup where…
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Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2010 at 2:41pm — 3 Comments

Very thorough Parrot AR.Drone review



A long and very thorough review of the Parrot AR.Drone is over at Toucharcade, a iPhone gaming blog. We;; worth reading the whole thing. Here's just the conclusion:


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Added by Chris Anderson on September 28, 2010 at 4:33pm — 6 Comments

More dancing quads



Another fun dancing quad video from the ETH Zurich team. They've got one of those awesome half-million dollar motion capture rigs, so don't try this at home!



Previous dancing quad video here.



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Added by Chris Anderson on September 28, 2010 at 6:49am — 8 Comments

Arduino 20 is out!



Mostly just adds support for the new Uno and Mega boards: Get it here. From the release notes:…



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Added by Chris Anderson on September 27, 2010 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Arduino's Tom Igoe explains all

The Arduino team"s Tom Igoe was on Adafruit's Ask An Engineer livecast last night. Lots of great details on the new boards and the project's past and future.



The Arduino details start at 6:30 and goes to about 46:30. Lots of good details about the new USB chip, the forthcoming Version 0.20 IDE, and the 1.0 coming after that. Details include:



--.pde file extension will turn to .ade

--3.3v voltage regulator beefed up

--Lots of…
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Added by Chris Anderson on September 26, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Open Hardware Summit: Adafruit's Limor Fried keynote



This is great stuff--the summit was packed and buzzing. Very much felt like the beginnings of something big. I spoke later in the day on the Open Hardware Business Models panel. But the business models are all pretty simple: Give away the bits, sell the atoms. Charge enough so that you can keep doing it.



This radical idea of making a profit so you can grow and keep up with demand would not be unfamiliar to the Babylonians. As my co-panelist Phil Torrone put… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 25, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

New Arduinos announced!

I'm here in New York with the Arduino team (for the Open Hardware Summit and Maker Faire NYC), and the team has just announced the long awaited 1.0 version ("Punto Uno")…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 25, 2010 at 6:27am — 12 Comments

Getting ready for the public beta of the ArduPilot Mega code



As most of you know, we've been in semi-public alpha with the ArduPilotMega code for the past two 2-3 months, and there has been the usual torrent of bug fixes, feature additions and architecture changes…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 21, 2010 at 11:30pm — 11 Comments

Outback Challenge UAV competition starts next week

The annual Australian UAV competition starts next Monday, Sept 27th. Ten teams are entered. The schedule of events is now up. Wish we could be…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 20, 2010 at 8:11pm — 21 Comments

Help wanted: Mac LabVIEW developer

We' re looking for a volunteer with a Mac version of the LabVIEW devkit to help compile a version of the new ArduPilotMega Ground Control Station for Macs. No coding required (although if you're interested, we can certainly bring you into the dev process)--just need to be able to create a Mac executable from the existing code and keep it updated as the code evolves.


It's a great way to get into the APM development team process, and shouldn't take much work. Please…
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Added by Chris Anderson on September 20, 2010 at 5:43pm — 4 Comments

Using Arduino with Matlab

Matlab is the gold standard of physical computing simulations used with UAVs, including built-in Kalman filters. Now you can…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 19, 2010 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

My first ArduCopter flight--perfect, right out of the box!

I'm a bit late to the party in actually building a beta ArduCopter kit, but I just finished last night, loaded the code and set the motor rotation directions this morn. Then the kids and I took it out to our tiny backyard and just took off. This is the result--amazing. Rock-sold stability (this was in windy conditions, too) and no tuning required--these are the default settings. So much better than the Gaui 330 XS, both in terms of performance and…
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Added by Chris Anderson on September 19, 2010 at 1:00pm — 33 Comments

New PixHawk GCS vid and development roadmap



"The Pixhawk Team at ETH shows off more progress on their QGroundControl, and discusses their development plans here. " From I…
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Added by Chris Anderson on September 19, 2010 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

Autonomous Multifloor Indoor Navigation



More coolness from Penn. (via I Heart… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on September 16, 2010 at 4:10pm — 6 Comments

Warning night fliers: man arrested for flying LED kite!



LED-lit night flying is all the rage in the RC world. Now comes a warning: it sometimes freaks people out and the cops have (or believe they have) broad authority to stop it. If this is what happens with a kite, what would happen with a quad?




"Man arrested for 'disorderly conduct' flying a kite rigged with LEDs after…
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Added by Chris Anderson on September 16, 2010 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

The Return of Aggressive Quadcopter





Holy carp! Check out the flying through the tossed hoop.…
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Added by Chris Anderson on September 15, 2010 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments

Image from ArduCopter in GPS-hold autopan photo session



Jose Juilo from the ArduCopter team has been doing great work adding the GPS position hold and autopan features to the code. Yesterday you saw the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2010 at 5:57am — 8 Comments

LA Times on Southern California's booming UAV industry

There's a long and good profile in the LA Times of the UAV industry in San Diego (General Atomics) and Los Angeles (AeroEnvironment), which now employs an estimated 10,000 people. Read it…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 13, 2010 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

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