Chris Anderson's Blog – December 2011 Archive (29)

Balloon-launched and disposable UAVs

Another good article from IEEE Spectrum. I'm particularly interested in the disposable glider drone at the bottom, which is basically just a PCB with wings. (Because this comes from the research arm of the Navy, and is…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 29, 2011 at 10:00am — 29 Comments

Make Magazine's predictions for what's going to be big in 2012 includes Drone Journalism

Great list of trends to watch in 2012 from Make Magazine. The full list:

  • Drone Journalism
  • Wearables
  • 3D Printing
  • Internet of Things
  • Arduino hits 1 million units
  • World "Kinect'd"
  • Crowdfunding
  • Libraries becoming…

Added by Chris Anderson on December 28, 2011 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

Autonomous flight of a "cyclocopter"

These flying thresher designs show up every now and then. They supposedly have some sort of aerodynamic advantages, but it's not clear what they are since they never seem to make it out of the lab. Here's the latest, from the University of Maryland. 

From the video…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 28, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

MakerBot challenge: a video from a multicopter with 3D-printed parts

Inspired by avh's Thingverse 3D files for a replacement ArduCopter frame (shown above), the MakerBot blog has offered a challenge:

9000 internet points and…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 28, 2011 at 1:29pm — 11 Comments

Latest on biomimicry: "jumpgliding"

From IEEE Spectrum, a report on the latest EPFL research on bio-inspired flying robots: 

Gliding is a very efficient way for getting from getting from point A to point B. Jumping is a very efficient way of…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 27, 2011 at 11:07am — 2 Comments

Open Source Hardware as an example of "Deflationary Economics"

Here's a good post by Mark Suster, a VC, on "The amazing power of deflationary economics for startups", which I think neatly explains the economic and innovation model behind 3D Robotics and most…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 26, 2011 at 11:14pm — 26 Comments

Happy Holidays from the DIY Drones Dev Team!

Enjoy your toys, spend time with your families and get ready for a rocking New Year!

(Graphics from the always awesome Max Levine, who's the closest team member to Jerusalem!)

Added by Chris Anderson on December 24, 2011 at 1:47pm — 8 Comments

Don't let these be you!

Photographer Searching For Lost Camera UAV In Oregon

Aircraft Lost During Documentary Production

A photographer working on a documentary focusing on Willamette Falls in Oregon has lost a UAV he was using to shoot aerial photos earlier this month, and some residents are taking s dim view of his search for the aircraft.…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 22, 2011 at 3:40pm — 12 Comments

How Santa trains for his annual flight

Added by Chris Anderson on December 21, 2011 at 11:34am — No Comments

Want to work for 3D Robotics? We're hiring a Director of Software Engineering

We're looking to hire a full-time Director of Software Engineering at 3D Robotics (the company that makes APM and the other products in the DIY Drones store) in San Diego. They should have the following skills:

  • Experience with embedded programming, and ideally familiarity with the ArduPilot…

Added by Chris Anderson on December 20, 2011 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

APM: the Universal Autopilot

I just had to a share a bit of pride that I got checking out the latest release (1.1.11) of the Mission Planner. Look at all those vehicles APM now supports!!! To say nothing of all the hardware-in-the-loop simulations at the bottom left of that screen. And ArduRover, …


Added by Chris Anderson on December 20, 2011 at 4:30pm — 53 Comments

"Merit Badges" for DIY Drones!

Our friends at Adafruit have been whipping up the best patches to show off your DIY accomplishments. Now their one for DIY Droners is available!

You built an educational mini UAV! Adafruit offers a fun and exciting "badges" of achievement for electronics, science and engineering.…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 20, 2011 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Could domestic drones spur tougher privacy laws?

Excellent article by Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum. It's worth noting that in the US, at least, law enforcement already needs warrants to inspect private property beyond what would normally be visible from the street, to…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 19, 2011 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

Udrones now selling RTF ArduPlanes

Udrones, which has been selling ready-to-fly ArduCopters for a while, is now also selling a ready-to-fly ArduPlane. APM assembled, ArduPlane code loaded and everything tested. Just add your own RC gear.…

Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2011 at 10:47pm — 30 Comments

Details on how Iran may have used a GPS override spoof to capture US drone

[I'm applying the sysadmin privilage of making an exception to our usual no-military rule here, because the technical issues are sufficiently interesting].

Apply the usual skepticism about the claims, but there's something plausible in the following. As I understand it, the assertion is that Iran basically used radio jamming techniques to force…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 16, 2011 at 11:44am — 105 Comments

CNN report on hexacopter used to film Russian protests

Includes funny footage from gullible UFO…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 15, 2011 at 10:14am — 3 Comments

DIY Drones on Bloomberg TV!

Bloomberg TV just ran a cool feature on DIY Drones and 3D Robotics. The embedding isn't working, but you can watch it here. You also get to see former MTV VJ Tabitha Soren crash an ArduCopter into a wall. Maybe the best way to teach her…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 14, 2011 at 12:00am — 20 Comments

Update on the DARPA UAVForge competition

From IEEE Spectrum:

UAVForge is a DARPA-sponsored contest designed to get teams of anyone who wants to, to produce an advanced, highly capable UAV for the…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 13, 2011 at 1:28pm — 5 Comments

ArduCopter makes the Wirecutter gift guide

I was delighted to see that the cool new gadget site Wirecutter (formed by Gizmodo's former editor) selected ArduCopter as one of its top recommended gifts for the year. That's the great thing about open source robotics--constant innovation and free development updates make it the…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 12, 2011 at 11:43am — 3 Comments

More "drone journalism"--this time from a Moscow rally

A Google translation of the text (I have no idea what "the process several times to no avail was fired from the pistol" means):

December 10 in Moscow at the Swamp area held a protest rally in the all-Russian action against the rigging of elections to the Duma.We present the…


Added by Chris Anderson on December 10, 2011 at 10:43am — 13 Comments

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