Chris Anderson's Blog – November 2014 Archive (10)

Power distribution board for multiple configurations

Very nice work by Ioannis Kedros here. It's an APM-compatible PDB that allows for all sorts of copter configurations, from X and + to Tri and even "spider". Here's more (via …

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 29, 2014 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

WSJ scoop on forthcoming FAA rules -- pilots license will be required for commercial use unless Congress intervenes

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2014 at 10:57pm — 51 Comments

Turbine-powered quad first flight

OMG. Turbine-powered quadcopter test flight -- next to a road. Love the car that pulls up to gawk at the end

Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2014 at 4:16pm — 18 Comments

Gobot -- Drones programmed in the Go language

GoBot is a new robot-control applications interface using the Go programming language, including support for 3DR copters and others using MAVLink.

Platform Support

Gobot has a extensible system for connecting to hardware devices. The following…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2014 at 10:45pm — 2 Comments

Angela Merkel admires an IRIS

One of our great academic collaborators, Fabio Ramos at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, uses both Iris and Aero as a research platforms. German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the center this…
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Added by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2014 at 10:20pm — 8 Comments

Google leasing NASA Moffet Field for drone, space research

This is good news for Bay Area drone research! From Business Week:

Google Inc. has agreed to a $1.2 billion lease of NASA’s Moffett Field airfield in California…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 10, 2014 at 10:41pm — 12 Comments

Arducopter Region-of-Interest demonstration video

Nice post over at sUAS News:

The rain has finally subsided so I went out to the RC field for some quadcopter fiddling and testing.

The below video shows a quick demonstration of the Region Of Interest (ROI) function of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 5, 2014 at 10:14am — 10 Comments

Neruromorphic chip "learns" how to fly

From Technology Review:

There isn’t much space between your ears, but what’s in there can do many things that a computer of the same size never could. Your brain is also vastly more energy efficient at interpreting the world visually or…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 3, 2014 at 11:31pm — 5 Comments

Penguins like Rovers when they're dressed up like chicks

From Wired:

Scientists who study wild animals want to get as close as possible to their subjects without stressing them out or disrupting their natural behaviors. One possible solution: remote-controlled rovers.

In a new study, Yvon Le Maho of the University of Strasbourg in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 2, 2014 at 7:20pm — 4 Comments

Job opening for humanitarian UAV research project manager

Interesting new job listing at the New American Foundation:

New America’s International Security Program (ISP) is looking for a Project Manager to join our team in Washington, D.C. to support our efforts to create a primer on the…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 2, 2014 at 6:31pm — 2 Comments

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