Chris Anderson's Blog – October 2011 Archive (16)

Report from the Ascending Technologies booth at IROS

I Heart Robotics has a great report from the recent IROS conference on the latest from Ascending Technologies, which make the most popular multicopters used in academia. Not open source and outside of the price…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 30, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Control an OWI Robotic Arm with Arduino

This doesn't have anything to do with UAVs, but I did use some of what we learned with ArduPilot in this fun robotic project, which I thought I would share with you all.

My daughter has a history project to do on the Ford Model T and the origins of the production line. Given that…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 30, 2011 at 4:22pm — 1 Comment

Using drones to monitor the rain forest in Brazil



Another good non-military use for drones, reported in Fast Company:

Brazil's environmental police are deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to monitor the country's vast forest for illegal logging,…
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Added by Chris Anderson on October 26, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Google Earth flight simulator growing up

From the Google Earth blog, an update of the community-created flight simulator plug-in to GE. Not quite ready for hardware-in-the-loop simulation yet, but it's getting there!

 

The…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 26, 2011 at 9:41am — 4 Comments

White House report on DIY Drones

I'm not sure if I've posted on this before, but last September the White House Office of Science and Technology policy commissioned a great report on DIY Drones and the rest of the amateur/civilian UAV movement. It's full of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 21, 2011 at 12:03am — 6 Comments

DIY Drones passes 19,000 members!

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. We're now at more than 19,000 registered members. We had another month of more than a million page views. It just took us six weeks to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging about one new member per…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 19, 2011 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

Demo of ArduCopter Loiter, RTL and Alt Hold at Maker Faire



We had a great time at the East Bay Maker Faire today, with Jason demoing autonomous ArduCopter functionality to constant crowds. Once the throng thinned out, he started doing stunts like this one, where he drags the ArduCopter away from home and lets it find its way back, terrain following the whole way, and then throws it away like a Frisbee and watches…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 16, 2011 at 4:30pm — 23 Comments

Meet the ArduCopter team at the East Bay Maker Faire tomorrow

If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can meet the ArduCopter team and see demos tomorrow at the East Bay Maker Faire in Oakland. Jason Short and I will be giving a presentation at 12:00 on the main stage. Quads will fly! Come by and say hi…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 15, 2011 at 9:24am — 6 Comments

CNN piece on DIY Drones



CNN did an episode on DIY Drones today. Good shots from the back of 3D Robotics, including clips of Jeff Taylor and Gigio Romero (Udrones) flying ArduPlane and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 14, 2011 at 9:00pm — 50 Comments

Meet the Developers: Jose Julio

When we were first starting with IMU-based autopilots, the first thing we did was fly Jordi to spend a week with Bill Premerlani to understand the DCM and port it to Arduino. That was a great start, but we didn't really understand sensor fusion and filtering until we were lucky enough to…
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Added by Chris Anderson on October 12, 2011 at 6:48pm — 11 Comments

Octocopter for a RED camera



The German effects studio OMStudios must really trust their custom RC Octocopter--the super high-def RED camera they're lifting costs $40,0000.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 12, 2011 at 7:30am — 54 Comments

London DIYDrones meetup with Chris Anderson on Oct 13th

I'm going to be in London on Oct 13th and 14th for the Wired UK conference (where there will be an ArduCopter demo--thanks to those coming to do that). For those who can't make it to the conference, I'm…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 7, 2011 at 8:00pm — 20 Comments

3D Robotics ArduCopter now available in complete kit with motors/ESCs/props

The cool black 3DR ArduCopter kit is now available with motors/ESCs and props included for $295. Or get it with full APM autopilot electronics (including GPS and magnetometer) for…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 6, 2011 at 5:00pm — 21 Comments

Another video from that amazing Chinese UAV carrier competition

From Flight Global:

 

At least 100 teams from around China and the world entered vehicles to compete for roughlyUS$378,000 in prizes. It is possible that the event included the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 6, 2011 at 5:59am — 8 Comments

Chinese UAV competition with autonomous simulated carrier landings





What's going on in China now is very impressive. From SUASNews:

It's thought at least 100 teams took part in the AVIC Cup…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 2, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

"Oh, no. My wife's drone!"

From this week's New…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 1, 2011 at 11:56am — 3 Comments

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