One of the cool things about the 3D Robotics factory in San Diego is that it's near the Naval air station and there are a load of cool military aircraft flying by all the time. Today, the Blue Angels were practicing while the 3D Robotics team was testing some new ArduCopter hardware.
(via 3D Robotics engineer Allen Sanchez's…Continue
One of the biggest challenges in an open source development project is getting the "architecture of participation" right. Like a great game, contributing should be easy to pick up but hard to master, giving people of all skills and experience an opportunity to engage. Right now we have scores of developers working on dozens of projects, but a lot of it is behind the…Continue
The 3D Robotics PhoneDrone Android/RC interface board is finally in production! Pre-orders are starting now and it will ship on Oct 17th. From the product listing:
It's a way to connect any Android device (2.3.4 or higher) to the world of RC and…
More goodness from UC Berkeley: iBird, a robotic ornithopter that can fly towards shiny targets. Starts at 1:31 in the video above (the first part is a cockroach). From Gizmodo.
From our Wired Science blog. This team is presenting this week at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in San Francisco this week. I'm speaking there, too, on…Continue
Oh, the things you can do with a Vicon motion capture system and an unlimited research budget! (More coolness from ETH Zurich, via Robots.net)
"Finders, keepers: Marines say people who found military drones on NC beaches can keep them
By Associated Press
8:52 a.m. EDT,…
Just autonomous in the vertical axis so far, but that's progress. From Physorg.com:
"With the goal of designing an insect-inspired flying microrobot capable of sustained autonomous flight, researchers have demonstrated for the first time a…
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Not many change of relevence to us, but this is a nice addition: labels on path lines. Other changes are listed…Continue
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For example, John Stuart was having trouble with his ArduCopter. As it happens, he lives in Cape…Continue
Atmel and Arduino Collaborate on
AVR and ARM-based Development Platforms
More goodness from the engineers down the hill from me at UC Berkeley. The quad can see and catch ping pong balls! Life is good if you've got a Vicon motion caption system and an Ascending Technologies quad (ie, a big research budget).
Due to the recent shift from a Subversion to a Git repository, you'll need to use the latest versions of the Mission Planner to ensure that you'll be able to get the latest ArduPlane and ArduCopter firmware. Versions from 1.0.67 up will pull from the correct Git repository.
Google Code has currently got a file…Continue
This is a bit off-topic, but my MakerBots are some of my favorite open source hardware and 3D printers are a cool prototyping tool that we use a lot at 3D Robotics. The New York Times ran a great diagram of how they work today (click for larger size):
The explicitly named “Bioinspired Integrated Multi-Modal Locomotion” is a project of Carnegie Mellon’s University,…
I've been checking out Upverter, which is a YCombinator startup that's aiming to the the "GitHub for electronics" and open source hardware. So far it looks like they're very much on the right track, with excellent social and workflow tools built into a Web-based schematic editor.
They don't do PCB design yet and…Continue
Look what showed up in my Google ads! The APM-ready Scout UAV carbon fiber quadcopter frame is now available.
$360 complete with ESCs, motors and props seems like a very good deal.