Chris Anderson's Blog – November 2012 Archive (40)

Vice's Motherboard TV on 3DR and the domestic drone movement

Vice did a really well-made 20-minute documentary on the domestic drone boom, including a fun visit to 3DR. Here's there description:

When Chris Barter, program manager for the …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2012 at 2:43pm — 9 Comments

The DIY kid-tracking drone

Nice job by IEEE's Spectrum's Paul Wallich in creating a DIY "follow me" box (working with ArduCopter) to keep an eye on his kid on the way to school. Sample from the article, which appears in print this month:

On school-day mornings, I walk my grade-school-age son 400 meters down the hill to the bus stop. Last winter, I fantasized about sitting at…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2012 at 2:08pm — 5 Comments

Software combines GPS track data with video in Google Earth

Originally designed for road/bike videos, it supports flight videos/tracks, too:

From the Google Earth blog:

GPS4Sport has just released a new product that combines GPS track data with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2012 at 10:47am — 4 Comments

New alternative Arduino IDE

As much as we love Arduino, the IDE could use some improvement. So one user did something about it, with this new IDE that should be 100% compatible, but adds these features:

  • Runs over Arduino install: MariaMole uses the…
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Added by Chris Anderson on November 29, 2012 at 8:56pm — 9 Comments

Hybrid quad can roll or fly

From Gizmag:

A team at the Robotics Lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has come up with another take on the caged flying robots like the …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2012 at 10:12pm — 13 Comments

Teach kids the principles of aeronautics with a cool bird game for iPad by Bill Nye

As a dad, this is the kind of thing I can get behind. A Kickstarter project for an iPad (and eventually other platforms) game to teach the principles of aeronautics…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2012 at 3:01pm — 1 Comment

Adding Node.js sensors to the AR.Drone

If you're thinking of competing in this weekend's Drone Olympics in San Francisco, this tutorial will come in handy. Or even better, replace the AR.Drone's closed-source controller with the open source PX4, and make a real…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2012 at 11:35am — No Comments

Good primer on control theory and machine learning in UAVs

ArsTechnica has a good primer on UAV control theory and machine learning. The good stuff starts around page 2. Here's an excerpt (citing this Stanford…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2012 at 11:07am — 1 Comment

TMZ: Drones are awesome, but we're not getting one (yet)

From Gawker:

TMZ today responded to a widely circulated report …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 27, 2012 at 12:41pm — 14 Comments

Make Magazine's Holiday Gift Guide on Drones

Today's installment of Make Magazine's great geek gift guide is on aerial drones. Lots of ArduCopter/Plane/Pilot in there, along with accessories and cheap options of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 27, 2012 at 10:59am — No Comments

Examples of Non-Military, Non-Police use of Drones (please add your own)

One of the things I get asked most often about by the press is for examples of non-military, non-police use of drones. Part of our function here at DIY Drones is to educate the public about civilian and peaceful uses of drones, so I'm always happy to reel off some examples, from agriculture to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 26, 2012 at 12:00am — 37 Comments

ArduCopter/ArduPlane on the curriculum at NYU

From the Spring 2013 Course Schedule of New York University's ITP program:

Flying Robots

 

Flying robots, aka Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones, are growing in number and influence in military use. In parallel, the hobbyist community is developing DIY methods, making flying robots more…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2012 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Just what we need for autolanding: researchers develop "fingernail-sized radar chip"

From Gizmag. Autolanding is easy with multicopters using ultrasound, but hard with planes, since ultrasound is too noisy. Maybe radar would be better?

Excerpt from the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2012 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

Predator Case Repurposed as Protest Symbol

From Wired Design, a story of a group of protesters who were able to buy a used Predator carrying container for $300 and turned it art piece to protest drones. Also, check out the picture at the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 25, 2012 at 12:01am — 3 Comments

Drone Olympics in San Francisco on Dec 1

I'm really looking forward to the Drone Olympics, which will be held on Dec 1st at Groupon's offices in San Francisco. I'll be one of the judges. 

Here's the description of the event:

Drone Olympics is a …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2012 at 10:11pm — 6 Comments

Introducing the new better, cheaper APM 2.5+ kit (with power supply/sensor, enclosure, new GPS)

We're delighted to announce the new APM 2.5+, which is the same APM 2.5 board you know and love but surrounded by lots of new goodness!  Now, for a new lower price of $179, it comes with all this, right out of the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2012 at 11:30am — 165 Comments

$1250 RTF UAV for autonomous GoPro filming

I can't understand how a foam wing with a simple RTL autopilot (not including GoPro) costs $1,250, but that's what Lehmann Aviation from France is now offering. What am I missing?

From Gizmag:

Like the …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 22, 2012 at 9:18pm — 36 Comments

More on that cool brain-controlled sphere-copter (it's open source!)

I like the sound of this, from the Kickstarter project we covered earlier: "The development team has promised to release the source code for the Linux/Mac/PC software and mobile apps, all protocols, and available hardware schematics under open-source licenses."

From …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 22, 2012 at 4:21pm — 1 Comment

3D Robotics Black Friday Sale (and some cool new products)!

We've got some awesome new products coming out on Friday, along with great discounts as part of our annual DIY Drones store Black Friday Sale. It will start at midnight EST on Thurs (9:00 PM PST) and go through the weekend.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 21, 2012 at 11:30pm — 25 Comments

Radio-based position tracking works indoors and out

This sounds very cool. Basically you set up a network of these transmitters in a space, such as a sports field, and multiple multicopters can triangulate off them. Better accuracy than GPS and works indoors and outside.  Found by…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2012 at 4:12pm — 15 Comments

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