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 …
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…
From the Google Earth blog:
GPS4Sport has just released a new product that combines GPS track data with action cam movies, then overlays the movie on top…
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:
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 spherical air…
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 through simulating bird flight. Called AERO, you can get a copy of the game when it's…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on November 28, 2012 at 11:35am — No Comments
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 research):
The helicopter is…
TMZ today responded to a widely circulated report recently published in the San Francisco Chronicle claiming the…
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…Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on November 27, 2012 at 10:59am — No Comments
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 Hollywood (aside from the main reason we do it here, which is…Continue
From the Spring 2013 Course Schedule of New York University's ITP program:
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…
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 article:
Research based in Frankfurt, Germany, and funded by the European…
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 bottom: similar UAV containers were used as props in the…Continue
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 …
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 box:…Continue
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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."
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.
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 SUAS…Continue