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

Robo-sailboat competition

From Wired Design (lots more photos …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2012 at 5:56am — No Comments

Roberto Navoni's VR Brain project now on IndieGoGo

Roberto Navoni's cool ARM CortexM4 board that runs the latest ArduCopter code is now on IndieGoGo. The first 50 will be available for $240. From the listing

The VR Brain autopilot is an all in one board the main hardware features are:

  • 168Mhz ARM CortexM4F…
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Added by Chris Anderson on November 19, 2012 at 3:19pm — 3 Comments

New video of Makani wind-power UAV

Makani is one of the wind-power companies that have been working on using tethered UAVs as electricity-producing kites. They've had lots of challenges and it's still not clear whether utilities will embrace this model, but it is a very cool use of aerial robotic technology. 

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 19, 2012 at 2:33am — 1 Comment

Lego Motorcycle/copter

From UAS Vision:

Believe it or not someone has actually attached a quadrotor to a Lego motorcycle kit…and it works !

Motor Layout : [ QuadroCopter X mode ] BT : [ Li-Po 2s 950mA ]

* LEGO CREATOR 7291

+ Turnigy Integrated PCB…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 19, 2012 at 12:01am — 2 Comments

Nice 3D render of a Droidworks hexa

Nice render! Looks like they 3D scanned the motor/props with 123D Catch. Check it out in full 3D glory at SketchFab here

Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2012 at 11:17pm — 5 Comments

Hexapods are getting cool (and a little scary)

Not much to do with drones, but for those broadly interested in robotics, this is very impressive. As Kottke says, it "goes from sexy robot to terrifyingly fast insect death machine in about 45 seconds."

Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2012 at 4:27pm — 16 Comments

Controlling a quad with LeapMotion and LABView

From Hackaday:

A few folks over at National Instruments going under the name LabVIEW Hacker have gotten their hands on a Leap Motion dev kit. The Leap is an interesting little input device designed to track fingertips in 3D space, much like a…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2012 at 6:14am — 2 Comments

DIY Drones at 31,000 members

As is customary and traditional, we celebrate every new 1,000 members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's 31,000!

There were just under 1.5 million page views this month, which is a new record (we get over 50,000 page views a day). It took us 33 days to get this latest 1,000 members--we're averaging about one new member every 44…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Great review of APM 2.5 in Servo magazine

If you're a subscriber to Servo Magazine (and you should be) you'll recognize something in this month's issue--a rave review of APM 2.5!…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 14, 2012 at 9:37pm — 6 Comments

Kickstarter quad misses its target

The NanoQ copter had an ambitious $230,000 goal and missed it, but you can still follow them here:

 

What happens if we don’t meet our goal? First off, you won’t be charged anything. We’d still like to…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 14, 2012 at 9:16pm — 4 Comments

Update on Stephen Wolfram's 13-year-old son's Maker Faire quadcopter demo

I mentioned a few weeks ago that Stephen Wolfram (Mathematica genius) and his 13-year-old son Christopher presented after us at Maker Faire NYC this year, and Christopher did a very impressive AR.Drone demo (with even more impressive on-stage…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 11, 2012 at 11:04pm — 14 Comments

Yet another Kickstarter quadcopter drone project

This one is called, er, the "Bad Ass HoverWASP RC Quadcopter". It's created by a team who call themselves "Two Silicon Valley Engineers" but seem to actually live in Reno, Nevada ;-) They want $1050 for the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 11, 2012 at 9:30pm — 21 Comments

"Mind-controlled" spherocopter on Kickstarter

Another cool project on Kickstarter. This one is $149 with EEG headband.

Puzzlebox Orbit features a unique spherical design that protects helicopter blades from…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 9, 2012 at 9:30pm — 13 Comments

Raspberry Pi in the Sky!

From Makezine, a good use of a RaspberryPi board to capture and stream video from a balloon:

PublicLaboratory is a fantastic citizen scientist organization with really useful projects like DIY…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 8, 2012 at 4:19pm — 5 Comments

iPhone transforms into a drone ;-)

My fantasy realized!

(thanks to Robert Lefebvre for the find)

Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2012 at 6:31pm — 10 Comments

Cool micro UAV on IndieGogo

Gizmag reports on a cool new IndieGogo project:

Given their impressive flight capabilities, it’s not surprising to see researchers turning to the world of flying insects for inspiration…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 7, 2012 at 9:36am — 8 Comments

Bill Gates wants to use drones to deliver vaccines

One of finalists of the Gates Foundation Grand Challenge competition is this team, which is working on doing the following:

Optimizing Immunization Systems: Delivering Vaccines with…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 5, 2012 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

3D Robotics announces VC funding, expansion plans!

Last week you may have seen the news that I'm going to be leaving Wired to lead 3D Robotics full time as CEO. Now I'm delighted to announce our other exciting news: last week we closed a $5+ million funding round with two premier firms, which will allow us to accelerate the growth of 3DR and expand into new…
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Added by Chris Anderson on November 5, 2012 at 11:00am — 72 Comments

A 3D-printable blimp design

I've got a soft spot in my heart for blimps, which I think are the ideal aerial robotics learning platform for kids. Our original Blimpduino was long ago retired, but we're working on a new version that will use optical flow and advanced image processing for autonomous navigation (look for this in early 2013). 

In the meantime,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 3, 2012 at 10:41pm — 5 Comments

OpenRelief uses APM, Raspberry Pi to build disaster imaging UAV

OpenRelief is a project to build a UAV that can use advanced image processing to quickly identify information on the ground that can help relief workers. It uses APM as the autpilot and Raspberry Pi for image processing. The plan is to be able to quickly identify smoke, roads and people from the air to "help disaster relief…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 3, 2012 at 8:05am — 9 Comments

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