Chris Anderson's Blog – December 2010 Archive (34)

Neato Lidar + ROS = SLAM

Willow Garage's ROS continues to impress: this time with a driver for the Neato Robotics vacuum cleaner that has a cool little Lidar unit. Here's a cool video showing how it can pretty easily do Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM), which is essential for indoors navigation. Sadly Neato doesn't sell the Lidar units on their own, so you can just buy one…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 15, 2010 at 11:33am — 1 Comment

ArduPilotMega 1.0 launched! (bye-bye beta)

After nearly six months of development from first public alpha, hundreds of hours of flight testings and countless bug fixes, I'm delighted to announce that ArduPilot Mega 1.0 is now out of beta. This code is solid, should run pretty much out of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 13, 2010 at 12:30am — 33 Comments

Indoors autonomous quadcopter

From the description: "The robot is equipped with an IMU, camera, and laser scanner with deflective mirrors. All computations are performed onboard using a 1.6GHz atom processor. The robot is able to navigate autonomously in indoor or outdoor, GPS-denied environments.



A SLAM module with vision based loop closure allows the robot to map large-scale, multi-floor environments.A sparse 3D map is generated on the robot based on sensor data, enabling high-level…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 10, 2010 at 10:20pm — 13 Comments

A VR tunnel for flies, to figure out how they navigate

From Fast Company: "The Air Force is… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 8, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Visual SLAM with Kinect

Visual Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM) with the Xbox 360 Kinect. Says I Heart Robotics: "This is an interesting demo using…
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Added by Chris Anderson on December 8, 2010 at 5:16am — No Comments

Controlling the AR.Drone with Urbi

From I Heart Robotics: "..Urbi is a parallel and event driven scripting language and is being used for a varity of robots including the Nao.…
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Added by Chris Anderson on December 7, 2010 at 4:43pm — 1 Comment

InvenSense releases IMU software for Android

From an Invensense press release this morning:


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Added by Chris Anderson on December 7, 2010 at 11:58am — 8 Comments

What's Crosstrack Error? Check out this cool interactive Flash demo

Jason Short, who seems to be able to write Flash faster than most people can write English, created a cool interactive Flash demo to explain Crosstrack Error Correction in the APM manual. Check it out here (works in Firefox and IE, but…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 6, 2010 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

New product: I2C splitter

This board ($7) just does what it says: allows you to connect four I2C sensors to APM via the I2C port. You can daisy-chain them if you need even more ;-)

Added by Chris Anderson on December 5, 2010 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

PhuBar: an open source heli gyro

Here's a nice little open source project that replaces the flybar in helis with a little gyro board. From the writeup:



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Added by Chris Anderson on December 5, 2010 at 9:47pm — 10 Comments

Autonomous quadrotor navigation with a Kinect

We knew this day was coming, but it's great to see it so soon: UC Berkeley has a Kinect onboard a Quad doing optical obstacle avoidance.


From the video description:



"This work is part of the STARMAC Project in the Hybrid Systems Lab at UC Berkeley (EECS department).…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 5, 2010 at 8:26pm — 10 Comments

Parrot AR.Drone teardown

The guys at iFixit have done it again: a great step-by-step teardown of the Parrot AR.Drone. Here's just one sample page:…



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Added by Chris Anderson on December 2, 2010 at 11:35am — 3 Comments

3D printing airplane parts at Shapeways

If you're at all handy with 3D drafting tools, you can have the most amazing objects printed for you at Shapeways. Above is just one example, a cockpit for a P-51 Mustang.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on December 2, 2010 at 11:00am — 28 Comments

Yet another not-quite EasyStar clone

My neverending quest to find the perfect n00b UAV platform has taken me to yet another EasyStar clone, this one the… Continue

Added by Chris Anderson on December 2, 2010 at 12:24am — 13 Comments

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