Added by Chris Anderson on November 20, 2012 at 5:56am — No Comments
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…
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.
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…
Nice render! Looks like they 3D scanned the motor/props with 123D Catch. Check it out in full 3D glory at SketchFab here.
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."
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…
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…Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
Another cool project on Kickstarter. This one is $149 with EEG headband.
Puzzlebox Orbit features a unique spherical design that protects helicopter blades from…
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…
My fantasy realized!
(thanks to Robert Lefebvre for the find)
Given their impressive flight capabilities, it’s not surprising to see researchers turning to the world of flying insects for inspiration…
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…
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,…Continue
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…Continue