Chris Anderson's Blog – October 2013 Archive (15)

ArduCopters mapping forest treetops in NSF-funded project

Cool app! It originally used a Mikrokopter multicopter, but is now based on APM/ArduCopter. 

From …


Added by Chris Anderson on October 31, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

A copter designed to hit things and keep going

From Robohub, an introduction to GimBall, a flying robot that can collide with objects seamlessly, from EPFL. Excerpt:



Added by Chris Anderson on October 30, 2013 at 4:25pm — 14 Comments

NPR: "Drone Hobbyists Talk Safety"

Good piece from the US National Public Radio on how the hobby community approaches drone safety while regulators deliberate rules. Here's the section I'm quoted in: 

It's counterintuitive, but many in…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 27, 2013 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

PETA selling AR.Drones with a decal as an "Air Angel"

Noted without comment from PETA's website:

The drones are being sold in our catalog, and PETA aims to see a fleet of Air Angels…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 23, 2013 at 6:30pm — 22 Comments

Drone Journalism documents their COA (FAA approval) process

From Matt Waite at, the university research team who was recently shut down by the FAA for lack of a COA:

As part of our efforts to get a Certificate of Authorization from…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 20, 2013 at 10:37am — 1 Comment

Phantom pilot arrested

The pilot of the Phantom that crashed on a Manhattan street earlier this month has been arrested, ABC reports:

David Zablidowsky of Brooklyn has been charged with "Reckless Endangerment" for allegedly losing control of a helicopter drone at "an unreasonable height creating a substantial risk of serious physical…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 18, 2013 at 11:50am — 112 Comments

"Electro-cosmetic" copter control

Definitely file this one under "silly", but it's a toy copter launched with blink of some sort of electrical false eyelash controller. I just wish they wouldn't call every flying toy a "drone".

From Popular…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 17, 2013 at 4:28pm — No Comments

"Weed Mapping in Maize Fields Using Object-Based Analysis of UAV Images"

Cool article from the open access scientific journal PLOS One


The use of remote imagery captured by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) has tremendous potential for designing detailed site-specific weed control…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 16, 2013 at 8:17pm — 20 Comments

Why microdrones should eat meat... least if they want to compete with insects for energy management. 

A University of Maryland professor's experiments with solar-powered microdrones finds that sunlight is still an order of magnitude too low in power to keep his aircraft aloft. That's why insects don't use sunlight, but rather food: chemical energy (like digesting…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 15, 2013 at 4:59pm — 9 Comments

More on textbook delivery drone concept

[Just adding video and commentary to what was covered in the earlier post] I'm usually pretty skeptical of "drone delivery" concepts, given that most are just marketing stunts. But new Australian startup Flirtey has at least addressed (if not solved) some of the most obvious problems with the model. Their…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 14, 2013 at 9:00pm — 10 Comments

"Fotokite" -- camera drone on a leash

From Makezine:

Sergei Lupashin has a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), and is currently doing post-doctoral work with the University of Zurich’s …


Added by Chris Anderson on October 13, 2013 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments

Proposal for a "license plate for drones" at DARC confernece

At this week's Drones and Aerial Robotics conference, Joseph Hall gave a presentation that discussed some of the issues around the idea of drones needing a "license plate" (and presumably drone operators needing a "drivers license).

His slides are now available …


Added by Chris Anderson on October 13, 2013 at 5:00pm — 15 Comments

Latest on US vs. Trappy

From Wired:

Drone Pilot Fights for Right to Profit in the Unmanned Skies

In June 30, 1956, two airliners flying over the Grand Canyon collided. All 128 passengers and crew aboard the planes perished. It was the first U.S. air disaster with more than…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 9, 2013 at 1:00pm — 27 Comments

"Canadian filmmaker and doctor imprisoned in Egypt for possessing drones"


Two Canadians, a film maker and an emergency room physician, have been held in an prison for almost three weeks now for possessing what the Egyptian government calls…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 6, 2013 at 2:43pm — 17 Comments

How to open the door at a hipster coffee shop

3D-printed quadcopters are now officially hip.(Sheldon via BoingBoing)

Added by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2013 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

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