Chris Anderson's Blog – December 2009 Archive (29)

New product in the DIY Drones store: 8-ch PPM encoder

The best way to read RC signals is PPM, which is a sequential stream where each channel is output in turn on a single wire. But traditionally the only way you can get that is to open up your RC receiver and solder a wire to a special pin. Fortunately the Paparazzi team designed a board that will convert up to 8 channels of regular PWM servo signals to one PPM… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 11, 2009 at 11:52pm — 79 Comments

My 3D printer arrived. What should I make?

I know what I'll be doing over the holidays (other than ArduPilot projects and the T3-4 contest): assembling my new MakerBot. An open source 3D printer for less than $1,000. I can make ABS plastic objects with .4mm precision up to 4"x4"x6". What should I… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 9, 2009 at 12:48pm — 42 Comments

Summer robotics intern positions at PARC

These are dream internships, at Xerox PARC in Silicon Valley:



Autonomous robotics - summer

The intern will develop autonomous capabilities for mobile robotic platforms such as unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The focus of this effort is on probabilistic algorithms for sensor processing, motion planning, and vehicle control. The overall goal is to… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 8, 2009 at 11:44am — 2 Comments

Updates from the DIY Drones dev teams

Here's the latest from some of the Dev Team leaders:



First, the core ArduPilot team is close to a beta release of ArduPilot 2.5, which is a huge clean-up of the code, with top to bottom improvements. As always, you can get a preview by watching the activity on the Google Code development repository. This team is also creating the code architecture foundations for ArduPilot Mega.… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 5, 2009 at 4:00am — 22 Comments

T3, Round 4: Map a quarter-kilometer!

Welcome to the Time Trust Trial contest, Round 4 (T3-4)! This round is an aerial imaging task. Here is your assignment:



Program your UAV to take photos from an altitude of ~400 feet that you then stitch together to make a single image showing an area of 500mx500m (a quarter square kilometer). Somewhere in that image, a… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 3, 2009 at 8:30am — 114 Comments

Gary Mortimer's new (?) company

It's Gary Mortimer day at DIY Drones! I just noticed that he's got a spiffy new(?) website for his aerial imaging company, and it looks like he's going to be a UK and South Africa rep for AttoPilot. Check it out here. Gary, can you tell us more about the company and your… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 2, 2009 at 11:00am — 22 Comments

Mark Griffin winner of the T3-3 contest!

Congratulations to Mark Griffin and his EasyStar/Paparazzi set up for not only winning the T3-3 contest (break Stanford's UAV altitude record) but beating the record by an… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 2, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

AttoPilot 3.3, IMU, flying wing prices released

Gary Mortimer has just posted the new price list for AttoPilot 3.3 (IMU-based) and a whole bunch of new products from Dean Goedde.



Check out the pdf at the link for all details, but here are the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 1, 2009 at 11:00pm — 45 Comments

ArduPilot boards back in stock in a few days

For those of you waiting for ArduPilot boards, which have been out of stock for about a week, a big batch is coming off the pick-and-place machine today or tomorrow, so they should be back in stock by the end of this week or the beginning of next.

Added by Chris Anderson on December 1, 2009 at 11:34am — No Comments

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