Chris Anderson's Blog – October 2009 Archive (27)

$1,500 for a RC stabilizer IMU!

Looks like it works great, but the price! They're just asking for us to reverse engineer and open source it… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 29, 2009 at 6:14pm — 19 Comments

Happy Halloween!

Creepiest candy holder ever--just watch. Now back to our regular UAV goodness....

(via Trossen… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 28, 2009 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Update and guidance on ArduPilot Mega

We've wanted to be transparent with the community on our plans for ArduPilot Mega to get feedback, but I fear we've also introduced uncertainty and confusion. Here are some tips and pointers that may help you plan your ArduPilot path.

First, don't expect ArduPilot Mega until well into the new year. Second, it will be considerably more expensive than ArduPilot. Third, it won't necessarily work any better than the current ArduPilot for basic autopilot functions--it's just for people… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 27, 2009 at 4:30pm — 15 Comments

T3 Contest, Round 3

First, congratualulations to Brian Wolfe, the winner of the second round of the T3 Contest. Now it's time for Round 3.

This… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 27, 2009 at 4:22pm — 58 Comments

6,000+ members of DIY Drones!

I still remember how thrilled I was when we passed 100.... Sometime over the weekend, we passed 6,000 members. We're now doing an average of 15,000 page views a day! We have an average of twice as many visitors at any given time as the #2 UAV community, RC Groups.

Added by Chris Anderson on October 26, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Boston Dynamics does it again--closest thing to human walking. Wow.

Nothing to do with UAVs, but wow. A huge step up from Big Dog. Watching it recover from a push is just spooky. (via Trossen… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 26, 2009 at 8:13pm — 4 Comments

Huddle Workspace updates and bug fixes

For those on the DIY Drones development teams, you may have noticed a few updates on Huddle. Formatting now works so your paragraphs will break properly in discussions. The >1MB bug in editing documents has also been fixed, so you should be able to edit online without fear of changes not being saved.

Currently, Huddle only supports Firefox and IE7+ on Ning (apols to those using Safari, but not to those using IE6--upgrade!). If you want more powerful and flexible editing and… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 26, 2009 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

More cool micro UAV platforms--monocopter and VTOL

From BotJunkie: "The University of Maryland monocopter can take off from the ground, hover, fly controllably, and land without killing itself. The key was a lot of research into the flight characteristics of the seed pods themselves, which enables the monocopter to autorotate just like the real thing. Obviously, the camera isn’t really useful for… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 26, 2009 at 7:44am — 9 Comments

DIY Drones live chat/podcast tonight at 10:30pm PST

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Tonight (Sunday) we'll do our regular podcast, which everyone here is welcome to participate in by listening to the chat live above and commenting and asking questions via the DIY Drones… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 25, 2009 at 2:56pm — 2 Comments

ConfigTool source code now available

The source code to HappyKillmore's awesome version of the ArduPilot config tool, which is now the official version, is now available in our Google Code archive. Hack away! (and thanks HappyK!)

Added by Chris Anderson on October 24, 2009 at 6:46am — 4 Comments

Progress report from the DIY Drones development teams

The dev teams are making great progress in the various Huddle workspaces. Above is just one example: the prototype enclosure for ArduStation 2.0. Looking good! Other teams that are making good progress include the ArduIMU manual (almost done) and the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 21, 2009 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Harvard developing robot bees

From BotJunkie: "The National Science Foundation is giving Harvard a cool $10 million to develop a robot bee colony. That’s right, not just one, but an entire… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 20, 2009 at 9:16pm — 3 Comments

Last weekend for the T3 Contest!

Just a reminder that entries are due at 12:00 midnight PST on Sunday for the current T3 contest. Right now we've got six entries, and it would be great to get a few more in today or tomorrow. I'd hoped to enter an ArduPilot and AttoPilot, but I had three straight bad… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 17, 2009 at 3:11am — No Comments

High school students developing autonomous blimp

This team of 17 years olds designed this RC blimp from scratch, and learned a lesson in weight control and using optimal components, since this seems to be based on heavy Vex parts. Next up: autonomy. If they want a Blimpduino, we'd be happy to send them… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 16, 2009 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition open for entries

Sparkfun has just announced that registration is open for its second annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition (which we won last year). It will be held on April 17th. New this year: separate air and land categories, so the UAVs don't… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 15, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Latest DIY Drones stats

Just a FYI: we're doing an average of 15,000 page view a day here, with around 4,000 unique visitors/day. Total membership will hit 6,000 in the next week. The site's traffic has more than doubled over the past year!

Added by Chris Anderson on October 13, 2009 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

MIT's quadcopter with laser scanning for indoors navigation

Very light laser scanner and excellent mapping… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 11, 2009 at 11:15am — 13 Comments

Tonight's podcast--not available live

Tonight we'll be recording a podcast with guest Bill Premerlani of the UAVDevBoard fame. But I'll be in a car so we're not using Skype. That means we can't livecast it on UStream or take question in the chat board this time. We will be recording, however, so you'll be able to download the podcast on Mon. We should be back to our normal livecast next week.

Added by Chris Anderson on October 11, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Store reorg and new products!

We've done a long-needed reorg of the store categories to make things easier to find. And one of the thing you'll now find is our new video/OSD category. Between the excellent… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 10, 2009 at 1:30pm — 22 Comments

Progress report of DIY Drones development teams

A week into the start of the DIY Drones volunteer development teams in the Huddle workspaces, we're making fast progress. Here's the current status:

First, on Huddle, we've identified at least two bugs that they've been notified about and are working on. Formatting doesn't work in the discussion groups (they're escaping all the special characters to avoid exploits, which is overkill). And sometimes changes to files that are edited online aren't being saved, due to a bug in passing… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on October 9, 2009 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

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