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

MAKE Magazine visits 3D Robotics Tijuana

MAKE Magazine founder Dale Dougherty just posted on his visit to the 3D Robotics/uDrones factory in Tijuana. He also spoke at the Tijuana Innovadora conference that I'll be…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 16, 2012 at 2:17pm — 5 Comments

ROS interface for PX4Flow board

The PX4Flow smart camera board will be released in a few weeks (designed by ETH, manufactured by 3D Robotics). There will be a ROS library to drive it, along with the PX4 libraries, Lionel Heng from the ETH Computer Vision and Geometry site announced on the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 16, 2012 at 4:41am — 16 Comments

DIY Drones hits the big THREE O! (30,000 members)

Congratulations to OJørgen, who was the 30,000th member of DIY Drones! This is a big milestone for us, so I wanted to celebrate with a prize for the lucky user, a $100 gift certificate at the DIY Drones store. (OJorgen, check your inbox!)

There were at 1.4…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 14, 2012 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Join me and Mark Harrison for a drone demo at East Bay Maker Faire tomorrow

If you're in the Bay Area and looking for a great place to take the kids this week, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a delight. For the second year in a row, we're going to be doing a drones presentation at 11:00am, and Mark Harrison will be doing ArduCopter demos at the front grass area of the school afterwards. Details …

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 13, 2012 at 8:37am — 8 Comments

Great piece on the (murky) laws regarding drones and privacy

The brilliant Alexis Madrigal at the Atlantic has a great and historically fascinating piece on the fuzzy legal question regarding drones and privacy. Short form: the laws are vague, vary from place to place and nobody really knows…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 11, 2012 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

Coordinating a robot plane, boat and sub to monitor coral

Another great post from Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum:

This heterogeneous robotic team consists of a small autonomous UAV, an ASV…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 9, 2012 at 9:50pm — 3 Comments

Our Drones presentation at Maker Faire NYC

Sameer Parkekh from FlyingRobotsNYC and Falkor Systems and I gave a main stage talk at Maker Faire NYC two weekends ago, and the video is now live. It starts with 10 minutes of overview on how I got started with drones and then Sameer does a cool…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 9, 2012 at 8:29pm — 3 Comments

Stephen Wolfram's 13-year-old son demos drone on-stage at Maker Faire

We set up onstage beforehand with Christopher and it was apparent even then that he was freaky smart. But then he does a demo programming a Parrot AR.Drone to fly geometric patterns with Mathematica, and then debugged the program in real time on stage in front of a packed house. Amazing. When I was 13, I was still having trouble remembering the months of the year.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 9, 2012 at 2:53am — 16 Comments

UAV formation flying (for aerial refueling)

Nothing DIY about this, but it was too cool to resist. From Gizmag:

Two Global Hawk unmanned aircraft have flown in close formation at distances as close as 30 feet (9 m) for the first time. The…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 9, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

Harvard robo-bee learning how to steer

Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum writes:

Harvard has been working on a robotic bee for five years now. Five years is a long time in the fast-paced world of robotics, but when you're trying to design a controllable…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 8, 2012 at 3:37pm — 1 Comment

Indiegogo project for APM-based "Personal Drone Network"

Sidney Leggitt has launched a project on Indiegogo to start a company to create a "Personal Drone Network". At the moment, that appears to be mostly just selling a RTF ArduPlane for $850 or $1,500 with a full video setup. Looks like a pretty cool project, but it would have been nice to credit us, given that…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 6, 2012 at 2:19pm — 9 Comments

PX4 team does mindblowing mapping and exploration with optical flow board

The PX4 team at ETH is a finalist for the IROS 2012 Best Paper award for this work, which uses the PX4 and the forthcoming…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — 19 Comments

Weather balloon payload guides itself home (almost)

From Hackaday:

The biggest issue with sending expensive electronics into near space is trying to recover them. [Lhiggs] set out to solve this issue with his Senior project for a Mechanical Engineering degree. He figured that a payload…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2012 at 9:33pm — 15 Comments

Arduino announces a shipping date for ARM-based DUE

At Maker Faire NYC this weekend, Arduino's Massimo Banzi announced that the long-awaited ARM-based Arduino, called the DUE, would be out in November.

 

Engadget reports:

The Due is roughly the size of the Mega…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2012 at 7:00am — 38 Comments

CanberraUAV (ArduPlane) wins Outback Challenge!

Congrats to Tridge and the CanberraUAV team for winning the 2012 Outback Challenge! The official results have just been posted:

Search & Rescue competition - FINAL SCORES In the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 2, 2012 at 4:00pm — 44 Comments

My new book, "Makers" (including lots on DIY Drones and 3D Robotics), is out today!

My new book launches today! You can get it here (hardcover or Kindle)



If you liked The Long Tail, my first book, you'll love this. It's about what's happening as the Web's innovation model extends…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 2, 2012 at 2:30pm — 26 Comments

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