Chris Anderson's Blog – October 2012 Archive (36)

Wave Glider Survived Sandy

From Robots.net:

An autonomous Wave Glider robot named Mercury floated alone in the path of Hurricane Sandy about 100 miles east of Toms River, New…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 31, 2012 at 10:36pm — 4 Comments

Copter uses image processing to avoid obstacles

Good work from Cornell's vision-based obstacle avoidance program. (via UPI)…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 31, 2012 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Google Earth 7.0 released

Out now. Apparently the big improvements are in 3D imagery (Austin shown above). More details at the Google Earth blog …

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 31, 2012 at 1:50pm — 3 Comments

PX4 on a Flamewheel frame

The PX4 firmware is improving in leaps and bounds. RC mode is very solid now (see demo above), and the full UAV ArduCopter port, which the APM dev teams are working hard on, now compiles on the ARM hardware, which is a big step. Very exciting.

We're planning a public beta of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 30, 2012 at 10:12pm — 8 Comments

Excellent video of a 6-waypoint ArduCopter hexa mission

Paul Barsamian did a great job of filming a perfect 6-waypoint ArduCopter mission from multiple views. 3DR Hexa frame, APM 1, uBlox GPS. So steady!

Added by Chris Anderson on October 28, 2012 at 3:34pm — 5 Comments

"$40,000-$60,000"?

According to this article, this very ordinary looking quadcopter from AirCover Solutions that's being…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 28, 2012 at 2:41pm — 54 Comments

Replacement arms for legacy 3DR ArduCopter frames now in stock

When we updated and improved the 3DR ArduCopter frame, including slightly shorter arms for lighter weight, some of you with the original 3DR ArduCopter frames (both quad and hexa) were worried that you wouldn't be able to get replacement arms. We heard you and made a special order of those longer arms: …

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 28, 2012 at 2:11pm — 3 Comments

Lettuce Bot, part of the coming robotic farm

I think agricultural uses are going to be one of the main drivers of commercial drones and other robotic technologies, so I love stories like this. From The Economist:

[Lettuce] is a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 28, 2012 at 9:32am — 3 Comments

On Kickstarter: iShrike Shuttle -- an iOS controlled, ping-pong ball-dropping copter

Looks like fun, and $85 isn't bad for the early backers (I'm among them). Details here.

The iStrike Shuttle was designed with the iOS in mind. We wanted to create something that was…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 27, 2012 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

Defibrillator drone?

Fast Company reports:

USA Today investigation a few years ago found that, of the 250,000 fatal cardiac arrests that occur…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 27, 2012 at 4:17pm — 3 Comments

My new favorite person ;-) (Spanish manual translation team forming here)

Carlos Martinez doesn't just have excellent taste in books, but he's also translating the ArduCopter/Plane manuals into Spanish!  If you speak Spanish and would like to help, please comment here or PM me and we can give you wiki…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 24, 2012 at 9:00pm — 11 Comments

Swarming drones and rovers cooperate

From the great IEEE Spectrum Automaton blog:

We’re used to thinking of robot swarms as consisting of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 23, 2012 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Arduino IDE 1.5 released, supports multiple hardware platforms

As mentioned in my earlier Arduino DUE post (DUE is now released, BTW!), the new Arduino IDE will make it easier to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 22, 2012 at 2:09pm — 10 Comments

Glider 3D printed directly on to tissue paper

Great work from my friend Andrew Plumb. From the Ponoko blog:

Andrew Plumb (aka …

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 21, 2012 at 10:16pm — 6 Comments

Arduino DUE (ARM-based) coming on Monday

Hackaday reports:

After a years-long wait, an ARM powered Arduino is finally due. The Arduino Due will finally be released this coming Monday.

On…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 20, 2012 at 8:36am — 19 Comments

Kickstarter project for rover/quad hybrid

This is a bit of an odd one, but for $2,000(!), this rover that can also fly as a quadcopter can be yours. Or you can back the project at a lower level and get the design files when he's…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 19, 2012 at 5:21pm — 2 Comments

3D-printed drone from UVA

The DimensionNext blog reports on a cool new UVA research project. Excerpt

When Mitre Corporation, a McLean-based defense contractor announced that they were…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 19, 2012 at 12:19pm — 5 Comments

A photo tour of the 3D Robotics TJ plant

On Wednesday, before I spoke at the Tijuana Innovadora conference, I dropped by the 3D Robotics factory there. This is our second factory, and it's now equaled the capacity of our San Diego plant. Guillermo ("Gigio") Romero, the operations lead there, has done a tremendous job bringing this factory up, building a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 18, 2012 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Good primer on how servos work

Rue Mohr has written a great tutorial on how servos work. Even if you already know most of this, it's a great reference on everything from the basic electronics to modifications and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 18, 2012 at 2:22pm — 1 Comment

Molding replacement gears for tiny helis

An interesting post from Hackaday:

So you’ve got a broken gear for you model helicopter, and don’t have a 3d printer handy. If you need your little helo flying right away, [James] wrote in to tell us …

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 17, 2012 at 9:14am — 6 Comments

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