Google has just released Google Earth 6.0. I haven't had a chance to check it out in detail, but the only thing that jumped at me as new and useful for us is 3D trees, which will make our screenshots prettier, at… Continue
More cool stuff with Willow Garage's Robot Operating System (ROS) from I Love Robotics: "Updates to Brown University's ROS Software Repository should soon include the ardrone_brown driver which improve the AR.Drone's ROS performance with access to the front camera. The video above shows the system in action tracking an AR… Continue
This isn't about UAVs per se, but for students of control theory, the physics of a double pendulum (hinged in the middle) is an example of chaotic motion and notorious hard to model. Well, this guy did it. Keep watching...this is mindblowing.
Some of the APM dev team were enjoying the spectacular Northern California weather today, testing various APM navigation functions. But it was also our first chance to test the awesome HappyKillmore GCS in the field. It worked great! The "chase cam" view on the moving map is particularly cool. Sorry about this terrible video, but shiny laptop screens and the bight California sun don't… Continue
Good news: APM boards are back in stock at Sparkfun, and the hot magnetometer boards are back in stock at the DIY Drones store. They're selling faster than we can make them, so get em while you can! (Actually, our production is ramping up nicely, so they shouldn't be out of stock for more than a day or two going… Continue
An update from the ROS team at Willow Garage: "We thought we'd make a quick video to show some of what's going on at Willow Garage with the Kinect. We've added features like multi-camera support and control of…
Hilarious. This is why you want live video/telemetry in your planes!
"One of my 1st FPV attempts didn't turn out so well, it was found by some teens whose first thought wasn't to find the rightful owner until they discovered a camera on-board. A couple hours later I recovered the plane with the help of a…