You may have seen the news that 3D Robotics has just announced a $30 million Series B investment, led by some blue-chip VC firms, including Foundry and True…
With the new relaxing of the SEC rules on public solicitation of investment, there have been a flood of startups seeking funding…Continue
Congrats to Adam Conway from Aerohive on his interview with Robert Scoble about his very DIY ArduCopter+Wifi creation!
Scoble post here.
I think this is a first: drone monitoring via smartwatch! Kevin Hester, the Andropilot, is adding support for the cool Pebble smartwatch. It's a sunlight-readable watch that works with your smartphone. I've got one and love…Continue
Here's a shot of the Iris production line, with some of the first batch of Developer Editions getting ready to go out last week. The first shipments started on Friday. They come in a cool box -- here's mine, which just arrived!…Continue
I was sorry to see that the SkyDrone long-range FPV radio project didn't make their $80,000 Indiegogo target (they just got to $30,000), but encouraged to hear from the team that they're going to continue…Continue
Very cool. Now let's see how it handles the transitions to/from forward flight.
That's a kangaroo, formed by formation-flying quadcopters at the Ars Electronica conference in Linz, Austria. (Before you get too excited, these are AscTec Hummingbirds and each one of those "pixels" in the picture cost $5,000). From…Continue
Interesting news from our friends at Falcon UAV in Colorado:
In the wake of the recent floods in Colorado, Falcon UAV has spent the last three days providing volunteer aerial services to the Boulder County…
Despite the positive example a few years ago of a drone used to spot pig's blood polluting a local river, Texas has passed a law banning the use of private drones to collect images of property or people without permission.
From IEEE Spectrum:
Skycall is a project from MIT's Senseable City Lab that explores "novel, positive uses of UAV technology…
Ahead of the Iris launch, we've been testing more and more tough missions in fully autonomous modes. Next to our Berkeley offices we've got a small courtyard with high walls that is a combination of dodgy GPS and gusting wind. So naturally enough the Flight Ops team decided to run full autonomous missions with a 3DR Y6 all afternoon to stress test the tuning. I walked out…Continue
Lots of terrific interviews and booth visits from AUVSI 2013 at Engineering TV. The full list is above.
Gartner has released their annual "hype cycle", which seeks to identify where technologies are in their path to maturity. Gartner thinks that drones (which are a combination of "Autonomous vehicles" and "Mobile robots" above) are 5-10 years to the "Plateau of Productivity", but with the higher "inflated expectations" still to come (followed by the inevitable "trough of…Continue
Spiri, "a versatile, airborne Linux device with sensors, cameras, wifi, cloud support, development tools and more", made its $125,000 Kickstarter goal with a day to spare. Congrats to the…Continue
The US Air Force has launched an open innovation project, call the Collaboratory, to brainstorm new search and rescue uses for autonomous technology. And what do they use as their example? ArduCopter! It's open to all and starts with just…Continue
A good round-up from PrecisionAg.com of all the UAV companies that were demonstrating at this big agricultural technology show this week. (3DR will have a large presence there next year)
With the Federal Aviation Administration expected to…
Very pleased to announce that the 3DR GPS+mag module, which ran out of stock way too soon after we announced more than a month ago, is back in stock. Any remaining backorders are now being filled, and any product waiting for this should also be going out now. Thanks everyone for your…Continue
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When NASA wanted to take a closer look last month at melting sea ice patterns in the fast-warming…
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