Chris Anderson's Blog – October 2015 Archive (11)

New service to "take control of reckless or malicious drones"

New at Skysafe.io

The SkySafe system can take control of a rogue drone over the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 27, 2015 at 2:09pm — 35 Comments

Pixhawk-powered XPlus One VTOL goes big on Shark Tank

Congrats to the XCraft team, who after two successful Kickstarter projects (the PhoneDrone and the Pixhawk-powered VTOL …

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 24, 2015 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments

Queen B announces swarming system with 3DR IRIS+s

Impressive work from Queen B.

Added by Chris Anderson on October 15, 2015 at 1:58pm — 3 Comments

Anti-drone tech jams GPS

The Drone Defender directionally blocks GPS signals, on the assumption that the drone will land when it loses GPS (which is the case with 3DR and DJI products, but can be disabled)

From Popular Science:

The Battelle…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 15, 2015 at 1:11pm — 24 Comments

MIT vision-based navigation with IRIS+

The IRIS is navigating by looking at the cones -- no GPS.  Nice job Squilter!

Added by Chris Anderson on October 11, 2015 at 10:07pm — 1 Comment

Using "generative design" to design a quadcopter frame the way nature would

Autodesk Research is doing work on "generative design", which creates shapes the way nature would. The software is given some simple constraints -- some physical attachment points and strength/weight targets -- and then it "evolves" a shape that is nothing like the one a human would design. See…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 11, 2015 at 8:58pm — 5 Comments

Solo firmware update brings major performance improvements, much more coming soon

Solo is now available with gimbal included, and the latest 1.2 firmware update (automatically loaded by the app) has made major improvements to its wireless range, video…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 8, 2015 at 3:31pm — 3 Comments

Utility for merging mapped areas in Google Earth

One of the great things about using drones to map areas is that you can do the same mapping mission many times, showing change over time. But it's sometimes hard to merge that data into Google Earth for viewing. Thankfully, the team at the Google Earth blog…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 7, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Great report on Syria Airlift project, using APM-powered planes for humanitarian aid

From the latest issue of Make Magazine, a great profile of the Syria Airlift project, which is using inexpensive APM:Plane powered aircraft to train refugees to deliver food and medical aid in Syria and other war-torn…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 4, 2015 at 11:21am — 13 Comments

Amazing Stanford work on adding cinematic camera control to APM-powered drones

An interactive tool for designing quadcopter camera shots

SIGGRAPH Asia 2015

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2015 at 6:48pm — 4 Comments

Army researchers testing swarms of APM-powered drones

From Defense Systems:

The Army is experimenting with using swarms of small, inexpensive drones in battlefield missions—as much as anything because of the potential threat they could pose to U.S. forces.

Members of the Targets Management Office with Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 1, 2015 at 6:41pm — 12 Comments

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