Chris Anderson's Blog – November 2010 Archive (43)

More info on ROS running on the Skybotix platform

This isn't quite DIY, since the Skybotix coax platform costs $5,000 (!), but if you want to run Willow Garage's cool Robot Operating System (ROS), you're going to need some serious computational horsepower, such as an onboard Gumstix linux processor board.…



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Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2010 at 11:02am — 1 Comment

Updated version of ArduPilotMega beta code

As we do every week, I've rolled the latest bug fixes into the current public zip file version of the ArduPilotMega code. It's a good idea to download a fresh version if you haven't used the code for a week or so.



These are just bug fixes. The new features and enhancements are happening in the developer trunk of the SVN repository and should not be used, as… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2010 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Wii+Arduino == MultiWii quadcopter



Kinderkram, who did a great ArduCopter build log, now has an equally good build log for "MultiWii", which combines an Arduino dev board with Wii controller…
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Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2010 at 10:11pm — 11 Comments

Demo of new AR.Drone game



I've never been totally sold on the AR.Drone as a gaming platform (you need two drones, two iPhones and, most importantly, the ability to fly the thing via the laggy first-person-view video feed on the phone, which I find really hard), but credit to the company for making it look…

Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2010 at 1:14pm — 3 Comments

New autonomous vehicles blog (and a post on cooperative lifting with UAVs)





Robots Podcast co-host and researcher Sabine Hauert writes to tell us about a new blog:…
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Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2010 at 1:09pm — No Comments

DIY Drones in Unmanned Systems magazine

There's a long article in this month's Unmanned Systems magazine (the official magazine of AUVSI) about hobbyist UAVs and DIY Drones. Here's the PDF, for…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2010 at 12:24am — No Comments

My Ten Rules for Maker Businesses



Based in large part on our experience here at DIY Drones, I've written "Ten Rules For Maker Businesses", which has been serialized on the Ponoko blog this week in the lead up to their…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2010 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

Kinect SLAM demo



(via I Heart… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2010 at 7:08pm — 10 Comments

DIY flight simulator

Nothing to do with UAVs, but boy is this geeky/cool (from MakeZine):"Matt Thomas of Roger Dodger… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2010 at 3:58pm — 2 Comments

Magnetometers now in stock

Just in time for ArduCopter shipping, magnetometer boards are back in stock. Works great with APM, ArduCopter and…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2010 at 3:32pm — 18 Comments

APM enclosure now available

Peter Koppendorfer's terrific laser-cut plywood enclosure for APM is now available in the DIY Drones store. Just $12.99 and goes together in minutes.

Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2010 at 10:46pm — 1 Comment

Hexrotor camera platforms go mainstream



Mikrokopter hexrotors by way of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 15, 2010 at 2:04pm — 13 Comments

Kinect + ROS = awesome SLAM solution!



Now we're talking! As I Love Robots puts it, "This is the driver we have been looking for. The ability to the use the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on November 13, 2010 at 10:17am — 11 Comments

Paper plane captures images of space

"Three British amateur aerospace enthusiasts have successfully sent a camera-equipped paper airplane to an altitude of 89,000 feet (27,127 meters), where it…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 12, 2010 at 9:11am — 8 Comments

New all-in-one gyro/accel/mag chip from Invensense

"The MPU-6000 is the world’s first integrated 6-axis motion processor that eliminates gyro/accel cross-axis misalignment and offers dramatic package size reduction compared with multi-chip solutions. The MPU-6000 has an embedded 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis…
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Added by Chris Anderson on November 9, 2010 at 11:00am — 24 Comments

DIY Drones on the All Things That Fly podcast



All Things That Fly is by far the best RC podcast, a weekly romp of news, information and entertaining banter on the RC world, by a cast of charismatic hobbyists. It's the highlight of my commutes and a must-subscribe from anyone into RC.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 8, 2010 at 5:16pm — 1 Comment

Great speech on the origins of Sparkfun and the growth of the new DIY electronics movement

Sparkfun founder Nathan Siedle gave a great speech at Google the other day about history of the company and the new DIY electronics movement that they (and we) are part of. The full text and slides are here, but here's just one brief…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 8, 2010 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

APM software roadmap update

Here's an update on the ArduPilotMeta software roadmap:



  • The current public (zip file) code is the…
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Added by Chris Anderson on November 8, 2010 at 10:30am — 12 Comments

DIY Drones in Le Monde

There's a big article in Le Monde today about the DIY movement, which talks a bit about DIY Drones towards the bottom. Google translate does a very good job for those who…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 6, 2010 at 7:38am — 1 Comment

DIY Drones in the Wall Street Journal



Pretty big article, although nothing you don't already know:…



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Added by Chris Anderson on November 3, 2010 at 7:16am — 11 Comments

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