Chris Anderson's Blog – October 2014 Archive (12)

Kickstarter for tornado-measuring drones

They're raising $10,000. From the Kickstarter project listing:

We will be using specially designed and equipped UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in order to probe the tornado…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 31, 2014 at 1:52pm — 4 Comments

Making a helicopter with just one motor/actuator

In general, copters need at least two props, one for lift and the other to cancel out angular momentum, either as a tail rotor or coaxial main rotors. But U Penn have shown that with the right configuration, you can fly a copter with just one motor and prop. From IEEE Spectrum,…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 28, 2014 at 11:48pm — 1 Comment

Using drones for archeological scanning

3D model of the planned colonial town of Mawchu Llacta in highland Peru, reconstructed from 241 aerial photos.

From NBC

Maybe all Indiana Jones needed was a good hat and a whip, but if he'd seen what…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 25, 2014 at 10:53pm — 7 Comments

UAVs with artificial muscles

From IEEE Spectrum:

Until recently, a defining characteristic of robots has been their rigid mechanical nature. Most of them are made up of hard structural elements, motors and actuators, electronics, sensors, and batteries, none of which…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 22, 2014 at 11:20pm — 4 Comments

Foam-printing ArduCopter on display at the Science Museum in London

From the Guardian: "Currently on display at the Science Museum, London, is a 3D-printing drone created by Dr Mirko Kovac from Imperial College London that can extrude a foam material while on the…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 19, 2014 at 9:36pm — No Comments

APM powers copter+rover volcano monitoring research

Congrats to Randy Mackay and the APM:Copter team, whose collaboration with Tohoku University was discussed in IEEE…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 14, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Introducing the Dronecode Foundation

I’m thrilled to announce our partnership with the Linux Foundation to create the new Dronecode Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings together the leading open source UAV software projects under the professional management and leadership of one of the world’s foremost open innovation…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 13, 2014 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Insurance company petitions FAA to use drones

From Fast Company:

One of America’s largest insurance companies has an unorthodox proposal: using unmanned aircraft to speed up insurance claim processing. USAA, which serves millions of US military personnel and their…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 12, 2014 at 10:08pm — 1 Comment

"I want to buy...a drone" now fourth most popular Google autocomplete term for that phrase

Google now gives "a drone" as the fourth most popular answer to the search term "I want to buy..."! Data from the New York…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 5, 2014 at 9:32pm — 2 Comments

Drones on cover of New York magazine

Another datapoint on the mainstreaming of drones: a long cover story in New York Magazine. Cool inside art, too (see below). Here's a sample of the piece:

Drones are a different kind of new technology from what we’re used to. The communications breakthroughs of the past two decades have multiplied the connections within society, but drones offer…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 5, 2014 at 9:24pm — 1 Comment

Google Science Fair winner models drone obstacle evasion on fruit flies

He's 14 years old. The mind boggles.

From IEEE Spectrum:

Mihir Garimella, from Pittsburgh, (video above) figured out a way to make flying robots evade collisions…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 2, 2014 at 9:46pm — 6 Comments

Small UAV Coalition (3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot, GoPro) now live

I'm delighted to announce that the Small UAV Coalition, an industry group led by 3DR, Amazon, Google, DJI, Parrot and Airware, is now up and running. You can visit the website here

The mandate of the group is as follows:

The Small UAV…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 1, 2014 at 11:30pm — 12 Comments

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