Chris Anderson's Blog – October 2016 Archive (18)

Erle Robotics (makers of Elre Brain and PXFmini) acquired by Acutronic

Congrats to Victor Mayoral and the rest of the Erle team for a successful acquisition by Acutronic.  From Victor's story on the company's beginnings and latest deal: 

How two brothers turned a 3K€ robotics startup…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 31, 2016 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

GoPro Karma teardown

Interesting glimpse of the single-board design. Impressive that he get it back together again afterwards!

Added by Chris Anderson on October 30, 2016 at 8:11pm — 2 Comments

Using AI to design a drone frame

This render from Fusion 360 features the Hooligan 1000, with an additional thruster and rotors set at 30-degree pitch for optimal thrust. The final design may change based on the results of Autodesk Dreamcatcher. / Credit: Eli D'Elia, Autodesk

From Core77:

Someday in the…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 29, 2016 at 9:09am — 14 Comments

New 3DR autopilot: Pixhawk Mini


The wait is over! We are proud to introduce the next generation 3DR autopilot, Pixhawk Mini. Pixhawk Mini is an upgraded Pixhawk designed in collaboration with HobbyKing and optimized to run the…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 27, 2016 at 8:48pm — 155 Comments

Towards ROS-native drones

From Victor Mayoral:

Announcing alpha support for the PX4 flight stack in a path towards drones that speak ROS natively.

The drones field is an interesting one to analyze from a robotics perspective. While…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 26, 2016 at 11:23pm — 1 Comment

Using Microsoft Azure cloud to make a face-finding, voice controlled drone

Very nice use of the Microsoft Azure cloud AI APIs to make a AR.Drone do some pretty magic stuff. Excerpt from the full O'Reilly post, which has the full details and code:

The …


Added by Chris Anderson on October 25, 2016 at 7:29am — 4 Comments

Final Sparkfun AVC 2016 recap video -- Power Wheels and autonomous Power Wheels

From Sparkfun:

Let’s savor our final look back at AVC 2016: It’s time for the final recap video for the Power Racing Series and Autonomous Power Racing Series events! If you enjoy watching full-grown adults in costumes strap themselves to souped-up Power Wheels…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 24, 2016 at 10:02am — No Comments

The flying umbrella project

That's a tough controls problem! From Popular Science:

The sight of flying umbrellas, changing altitude with a fluttering rhythm, looks more like an animated Disney scene than graduate work by a…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 24, 2016 at 9:21am — 3 Comments

DIY Drones at 81,000 members (and Ning update)

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 81,000 members!

This year our hosting network, Ning, has been through a lot, including horrible performance issues in the first part of the year that caused us to start looking for a replacement, and then the bankruptcy of their…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 16, 2016 at 8:53am — 4 Comments

Airbus Cargo Drone using Dronecode/PX4 stack

Team prepares quarter-scale drone for takeoff.

From the Local Motors blog, a report from the first bench testing of the 1/4 scale prototype of the Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge winner, which will debut at the Commercial…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 14, 2016 at 12:30pm — 29 Comments

An autonomous RC car guided by TensorFlow machine vision

demo gif

The blue line is what the model thinks it should do, the green line is what I actually did when a human was steering it.

From Hackaday, a great project showing how to …


Added by Chris Anderson on October 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

Using TensorFlow to allow a robot to identify objects

Just a few years ago, this was PhD-level stuff at Stanford, and now you can do at home for $100. These are awesome times for robotics. From Lukas Biewald at O'Reilly:

Object recognition is one of the most…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 9, 2016 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

RocketSpace/AT&T report on the future of drones

Lots of good analysis and interviews with drone industry companies (including us) in this new 52-page report from RocketSpace and AT&T Foundry. Read it all here.  

Added by Chris Anderson on October 7, 2016 at 7:17am — 6 Comments

AT&T and Verizon gear up to offer LTE cell data for drones

From The Verge:

Verizon will soon start offering data plans for drones, allowing pilots to connect their devices to the telecom's network to stream video and transmit other data to a computer or smartphone on the ground. The plans will start at 1GB for…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 6, 2016 at 10:07pm — 1 Comment

New Bay Area meetup for DIY autonomous racing cars

What DIY Drones were a half-decade ago, DIY autonomous cars are now. I'm part of the Self Racing Cars group in the SF Bay Area, who are building and racing autonomous vehicles from 1/10th scale to go-karts to full-size cars (Ford Fusion is the go-to vehicle, since it's the cheapest car that's fully drive-by-wire and can…


Added by Chris Anderson on October 4, 2016 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

A drone with insect-inspired folding wings

From Robohub:

When designing robots to help in the search for victims after a natural disaster, a number of features are important: robustness, long battery life and ease of transport. With this latest constraint in mind, a team from …


Added by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2016 at 9:35am — No Comments

Open source Iridium modem

From sUASNews:

If over the horizon satellite communications are a requirement you are in luck! An Outback Challenge team from Holland just helped you out.
For participation to the …

Added by Chris Anderson on October 3, 2016 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

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